Catering Insight Awards 2018 winner: Distributor of the Year, North of England

L-r: Catering Insight editor Clare Nicholls; Blue Seal national accounts manager, David Chesshire; RDA directors Alex and Nick Bradley and Neil Addyman; and Blue Seal UK branch manager, Glenn Danks.

The Catering Insight Distributor of the Year, North of England category, sponsored by Blue Seal, honoured a distributor excelling in the North, and there were so many of those this year that the voting suppliers had a hard time choosing.

A close contest saw the top two separated by just a few votes. But pipping everyone else was Restaurant Design Associates (RDA).

This year RDA became one of the first in the entire design and construction industry to be accredited with the new ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Standard – 3 years ahead of the migration deadline.

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In a turbulent market, the firm has adapted to reduced budgets whilst still providing innovative solutions such as offering shipping container kiosks as an alternative to a full site installation.

Opening a London office to cater for increasing client demand, the distributor has also invested in staff, ensuring it has specialists in all areas.

RDA director Alex Bradley accepted the trophy, remarking: “It feels good for the suppliers to recognise us, especially in a tricky category. The north is definitely growing so it is very nice to know that we are up there with the best of them.

“We’ve managed to grow and what we have done with staffing and capability has helped us do that massively, we are absolutely delighted with the win.”

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