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Catering Insight Awards 2021 winners: Distributor of the Year – North of the UK

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The joint winners of the Distributor of the Year - North of the UK Award. L-r: Catering Insight’s Clare Nicholls, CHR Equipment’s Paul Neville, NWCE’s Ben Odling, Nick Brassett and Lisa Odling, and Mark Finney, northern sales manager at Alto-Shaam’s UK supplier, FEM.

The Catering Insight Distributor of the Year – North of the UK category, sponsored by Alto-Shaam, encompasses dealers in the north of England and across Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have shone in 2021.

This competitive race was so close that voters couldn’t separate the top two, CHR Equipment and NWCE Foodservice Equipment, who both polled 31%. Therefore both dealers were jointly awarded trophies.

Preston’s CHR Equipment took smart kitchen design and installation to the next level. The new kitchen the distributor installed for Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall at The Angel at Hetton is said to be the UK’s first fully-connected kitchen, reducing energy peak demand from 300kWh to 120kWh.

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The facility also features CHR’s own state of the art efficient Ecochef cooking suite, and this year the dealer appointed a dedicated commercial director to spread the word far and wide about the ground-breaking technology.

While Bolton-based NWCE Foodservice Equipment incredibly managed to deliver the achievement of doubling the size of the business during a pandemic. In turn this helped its own operator customers to maintain high quality services, including loaning equipment such as walk-in freezers to tide operators through during repairs.

The distributor provided a dedicated service team to end user sites prior to their reopening after the lockdown periods, supplying five-star aftercare. Plus NWCE has invested in its own people by creating new employment opportunities, with three apprentices now at the firm.

CHR MD Paul Neville said: “This is very nice, particularly to be winning for what we have managed to achieve. It’s always tough but this award is great to win, absolutely.”

And NWCE MD Ben Odling commented: “It’s awesome to be voted for by the peers in the industry, that’s what is so good about this for us and it’s brilliant for team morale too after the last 18 months. This isn’t for me, it really is for the team.”

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