Catering Insight Awards 2018 winner: Distributor of the Year – Nationwide

L-r: Catering Insight editor Clare Nicholls; Rational UK key account director Graeme Copeland; Shine business development manager Leon Hoyles; Shine MD Julian Shine and Rational UK key account director Lee Harding.

The first headline honour of the night, the Catering Insight Distributor of the Year, Nationwide Award, sponsored by Rational, praised those distributors that have completed complex and prestigious kitchen projects to the highest standard, up and down the country.

The voting for this award was close but the eventual victor was Shine Catering Systems.

The dealer definitely had a big 2018 as it has significantly grown its market share, whilst increasing its gross margins and developed a preferential status with many of its repeat clients.

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Shine also invested in £250,000 worth of equipment which has now been installed onto its shop floor, including a new operating system for the firm’s laser cutter.

Furthermore, its recent investment in its project management resource has seen a more proactive approach, emphasising a solution focused, zero hassle and robust service for all of its major clients.

MD Julian Shine collected the award and commented: “That is absolutely amazing, I am quite surprised. I have been in this industry now for 31 years and this is probably the highest acknowledgement we’ve had over those 31 years.

“Financially it has been a tremendous year, and order-taking wise means next year is going to be amazing, so this win is great.”

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