Buying consortium Cedabond revealed this year’s winners of its members’ awards last night, as part of the CEDA Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Heythrop Park.
The Airedale Group scooped the award for Most Improved Member in 2014, having broken every record in the Cedabond book regarding spend with the company’s suppliers.
Hobart Warewash wiped up the award for Most Improved Supplier of Heavy Equipment. Cedabond recognised the manufacturer for its dedication, both in terms of time and staff, to working with buying group’s members, not only growing turnover but also encouraging other distributors to join the fold.
Elia International collected the newly introduced award for Most improved Supplier of Light Equipment, a category which has become a major part of the Cedabond offering. The winning company was rewarded for its hard work spent developing its relationship with Cedabond which has seen Elia benefit from substantial growth in turnover in 2014.
The fourth award of the evening was presented in the name of former Cedabond chairman and tireless charity supporter Bob McNab. Normally presented to an individual, this year it was presented to a whole company, Whitco, whose staff have been determined campaigners for various causes over the course of the past 12 months.
Finally, the Cedabond special award for Services to the Catering Equipment Industry was awarded to John Derrick Spiers, MD of JDS Catering Equipment for the past 25 years. Passionate about the catering equipment industry, Spiers started out as a sales engineer, specialising in dishwasher systems before starting his own catering equipment company run from a small unit near an airport.
The business took off, trading with companies from major blue chip firms to single operators. Cedabond acknowledged JDS with this award as it believes that all the distributor’s customers benefit from fantastic service.
Chairman and executive director of Cedabond, Phil Martin, who presented the awards alongside CEDA chairman Jack Sharkey, commented: “We are delighted to recognise such worthy winners, companies and individuals who have made such an enormous effort and contribution to the success of Cedabond over the last year.
“It is only by working closely with such dedicated partners that we can achieve our goals and for that we thank them all. We look forward to nurturing our existing relationships while forging new ones in the year to come, putting us in an even stronger position for the benefit of all our members in the coming year.”