The south of England is a busy market, right from the Cotswolds to East Anglia, and including the ever-competitive London market, and the Catering Insight Distributor of the Year – South of England Award, sponsored by Nayati, will honour a dealer that has excelled as a business or overcome challenges to design and install incredible commercial kitchens.
This year the shortlist is:
ABDA Creative Design and Build
It’s been an outstanding year for ABDA, with turnover and profit increasing, partially due to four new key staff members having a significant positive impact. One of its biggest contracts has been a run of projects with DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inns, delivered to an exceptional standard. Currently refurbishing its Northampton headquarters to support its recent growth, the distributor has invested in its staff training programme to ensure that the design team are at the highest BIM standards and able to exceed customers’ requirements.
London’s Chiller Box continues to provide an on call 24/7 service for its clients pre, during and post project to allow clockwork-like delivery, including quibble-free rectification. This year’s satisfied customers include City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in conjunction with Lexington Catering, and London Business School’s Old Marylebone Town Hall, a project which was delivered on time, on budget and to the high quality expected by the client. Furthermore the distributor has invested in a new mobile friendly website and IT systems.
Dentons has continued to grow its existing group business in tough economic times. It has created a staff training programme on various manufacturers’ product lines, while embracing new technology within live projects. The London-based distributor listens to customer requirements and improves upon its service wherever possible. Recent expertly-delivered projects include Honest Burgers’ Ealing branch, a complete refurbishment of Indian Moment in Battersea Rise – the fourth restaurant by the award winning Abdul Brothers, and pizza specialist Franco Manca’s outlets in Reading and Oxford.
KCCJ has continued its massive workscope on Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, the distributor’s biggest ever project. Within this it has been tasked with designing a unique efficient drinks distribution system. Along with other recent projects such as a 2-year outfit of a major London media company, this has meant the Kent-based distributor has doubled in size to 30 staff and opened a Tottenham office, along with establishing new marketing and sales support divisions. Other investments include in training and software, particularly for the CAD team.
TAG Catering Equipment
TAG moved into new premises in Stevenage to manage its growing portfolio, including a recent installation at Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant Ella Canta on Park Lane. Service is at the heart of the firm, with a new in-house engineer training facility, a van fleet roll out and a trainee engineers scheme. Often called out to solve unusual technical faults, TAG understands that human input is the best way of scheduling the correct engineers, and has introduced walk-round visits for critical customers to predict faults before they develop.