The Catering Insight Distributor of the Year, Project Management Award, sponsored by Welbilt, honours the distributor that has excelled in project management and delivered very special kitchen schemes this year.
Just two votes separated first and second place, but suppliers decided that the 2017 winner should be Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment, which handing over nine Whitbread projects in the space of 5 weeks, performing a fine balancing act to ensure on time and on budget handover.
A major £155,000 project at The Ritz was also finished on time, including having to unexpectedly demolish an unstable wall.
Plus the Stevenage-based distributor renovated its own offices, and invested in 3D modelling software to increase project clash detection. Setting up an online service and maintenance package, its engineer systems are now paperless.
Gratte Brothers sales director Paul Gilhooly picked up the award, commenting: “It’s been a fantastic year for us. We’ve had a change at the top with Ian Wolfe retiring after 46 years. Colin Barden’s come in and done a great job and I’d like to think that we’re reawakening.”