Catering equipment buying group Cedabond has announced the winners of its 2020 awards.
During the special Foodservice Innovation Showcase online event yesterday, Cedabond commercial director Mark Kendall revealed the victors interspersed between presentations from the consortium’s suppliers and a keynote speech from Future Foodservice’s Simon Stenning on the future of hospitality.
The John Kitchin Award for Distributor of the Year was won by Manchester-based dealer, Easy Equipment, ahead of finalists Pizza Equipment Ltd and Instock.
Kendall congratulated director Michael Shah and his team, and commented: “Easy Equipment had a fantastic performance last year and are worthy winners.”
In the Suppliers’ Award for Light Equipment, Uropa Distribution triumphed over Metcalfe Catering Equipment and Mitchell & Cooper.
While the equivalent Heavy Equipment saw Foster Refrigerator win ahead of Charvet Premier Ranges and Welbilt.
Ewen Cairns, UK sales manager for Foster and Gamko said: “The award was voted for by the Cedabond members, so we’re over the moon to be recognised in this way.
“We worked closely with Cedabond members during 2020 to support them during the pandemic and continue to do so.”
The final accolade was the Bob McNab Charity Shield, which was won by Hobart UK account manager, Jason Cole.
Cole started his career in the Catering Equipment Industry in February 1994 where he was employed by Institution Supplies Ltd (ISL) which was later acquired by Lockhart Catering Equipment.
In May 1997 he joined Dawson MMP, where he worked for 9 years, and for the last 14 years he has been with Hobart Independent.
Kendall detailed: “He is currently a volunteer Special Police Constable starting this role in July 2005, that’s over 15 years of service to his local community.
“He has the full warranted police powers of a regular police officer. He deals with all aspects of policing from minor to major incidents, where he once arrested someone on suspicion of murder. He is trained in first aid which includes lifesaving skills, self-defence, various law legislations and dealing with people from the local community.
“During the first 3 months of his furlough leave he worked as a full time special police constable. To add to this, he is also volunteering to support his local vaccination centre during these difficult times.”
He further revealed: “Jason has recently applied to become a NHS community first responder who are volunteers trained by the NHS to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. His aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.”