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Caterware MD Mark Drazen congratulates his son Jamie and Simon Mallett on their new roles.

Blackpool-based distributor Caterware has promoted Simon Mallett to the position of contracts director, and he will now join the firm’s board.

MD Mark Drazen stated: “Simon has worked hard over the last few years to review our contractual methods, control systems and client satisfaction procedures in order to ensure that we are able to meet our current growth plans.

“As well as being highly involved in the delivery of some very large and prestigious products, he is highly regarded by our management, staff, clients and suppliers. His in depth industry knowledge, formal qualifications and commitment to ‘going the extra mile’ position him perfectly to be able to take a more prominent role in the future running and development of the business, and thus we are delighted to welcome him as a member of our board.”

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Drazen underlined: “It is not often that we make board appointments, but Simon’s appointment shows we are indeed prepared to reward personnel who ‘bring something special to the party’ make a significant difference and demonstrate they are able and committed enough to be part of our longer term future.  We have recently celebrated our 42nd year in business and fully believe we have a long time to go yet.”

Mallett himself added: “I am very humbled and honoured to be only the second non-family member in the company’s 42 year history to join the board, alongside Hazel Whattam, our financial and operational director.

“I am looking forward to working with Mark, Hazel and the team to develop further the company’s capabilities in order to achieve its growth plans and our customer expectations.”

Additionally, Drazen’s youngest son, 21-year-old Jamie, has now finished his university education and joined the business at the end of last year.

Drazen stated: “It is wonderful to welcome the third generation into the business. Jamie will start in our project office on the design side and it is hoped he will progress through to project management and develop his skills and experience from there.

“He is very interested and keen, has started very well but is aware his future development is ultimately up to him. He is also aware that he is fortunate to be in an environment where he can learn from some excellent and experienced colleagues and must be able to take full advantage of this, if he is to rise through the ranks and achieve all his ambitions.”

He concluded: “The above appointments, together with other previous sales and administrational personnel recruitments, show our willingness to strengthen our team and resources in order to provide a structured springboard for our future.

“We are fortunate enough to have a good current order book with some excellent key clients, with far reaching future business growth plans that we are heavily involved in. Accordingly, the future looks very bright indeed.”

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Great to see the development of the company and particularly the acknowledgement of Simon’s experience and qualifications.
    Derek Maher

  2. Congratulations to Mark, Simon and Jamie. Caterware are a great family business and a credit to both ceda and our industry in general. I’m sure your Mum & Dad are rightly chuffed Mark.

  3. Team Caterware, fantastic and uplifting news in these uncertain times. It clearly shows that commitment from all-sides reaps rewards. Congratulations to Jamie on completing his University education and welcome to Industry, once your in you never leave.!!

    See you all at the Cedabond AGM next week

    Mark Kendall

  4. Good to read this Mark, you and your business is a good example to look up to. Today, most are interested in the stainless steel, the profit as opposed to the flesh and blood of the business and we wonder why emotional intelligence is lacking! You have years to share your knowledge down the line, dont waste a minute. Vita x

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