The Catering Insight Distributor of the Year, North of the UK category, sponsored by Blue Seal, was re-tooled this year, now encompassing dealers in the north of England and across Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have shone in 2019.
A close vote ended with Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) attracting 29% of the final total, winning for the second year in a row.
The distributor has proven itself to be a true northern powerhouse in 2019, completing a number of large-scale, innovative commercial catering projects right across the region, including HSBC’s new building in Sheffield, at Auckland Castle in County Durham, and as far north as Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
RDA appointed three more apprentices and increased staff numbers to 28, while it has also maintained new environmental management and sustainability credentials, including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001.
The dealer’s director, Alex Bradley was among the delegation picking up the trophy. He said: “We are thrilled to win two years in a row, it obviously shows that something we are doing is continuing to be correct.
“We are absolutely delighted for particularly this award, because it is voted for by the suppliers. We don’t take our suppliers for granted at all, so we are really appreciative of everybody who voted for us. It’s amazing to be recognised by our industry peers, we are only ever as strong as our suppliers are, so the fact that they actually voted for us to win this category shows that we are heading in the right direction and it is testament to our entire team at RDA.”