New entrants to the catering equipment market are popping up all the time, but the Catering Insight Emerging Distributor of the Year accolade, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment, will honour a dealer that was established less than 5 years ago, and which is making a name for itself by growing its business through winning new projects and delivering high levels of service.
Therefore the contenders are:
Apeiron has continued to grow this year, at around 20% up on last year’s turnover. This is partly due to doubling its appliance sales. Service is at the core of the firm, working closely with Rational as the service partner for Hampshire and Dorset and becoming a Frima service partner too. Adding three new engineers to cover the Hampshire area, the firm has updated all its vans and vehicle stock to constantly improve its first time fix rate, as well as installing service call handling software.
Core Catering Maintenance
In its fifth year of business, the Gateshead-based kitchen equipment and repair specialist has continued its success. One major series of projects this year was to install Synergy Grills in four outlets of growing North East England pub and hotel group, Proud Inns. Core focuses solely on the North East region and has quickly built up a large customer base, including hotels, football stadiums and hospitals. Offering service contracts, preventative maintenance and full kitchen installations, it focuses on training and re-investment to meet its customers’ needs.
iFour Hospitality Design
iFour has had an extremely successful second year in business, growing by 50% and working with a number of Michelin-starred chefs. This year it has started producing its own custom cook lines. The growth has enabled the distributor to invest in new staff members including projects assistants, and has launched a southern office to manage London projects. Following the London Bridge terror attack, the firm even paid for engineers to go to a client’s site to get the restaurant back in business within 24 hours.
Indigo Catering Equipment
In just 3 years Hailsham-headquartered Indigo Catering Equipment has already doubled in size. Owners Christian Barnes and Andy Booth have been busy training new staff and focusing on turnkey projects, project management and consultancy. As of 2017 the distributor even offers a bespoke kosher kitchen service. Specialising in restaurants, hotels and kitchens in schools and universities, the firm delivered one recent local university project in just 4 weeks. More school refits and projects for a London restaurant chain are also on the slate.
United Hygiene & Catering Equipment
Having been in business for less than 2 years, United Hygiene & Catering Equipment has already passed some significant milestones. This year it was admitted to buying group Cedabond’s ranks and has already started up a hygiene division, offering sanitary collection services to operators in the distributor’s local North East area. MD Andrew Husband is no stranger to the industry and is using his experience from his time at Alliance Disposables and Brakes Group to provide a comprehensive range of equipment through its user-friendly website.