The south of England is a busy market, right from the Cotswolds to East Anglia, and including the ever-competitive London market, and the Catering Insight Distributor of the Year – South of England Award will honour a dealer that has excelled as a business or overcome challenges to design and install incredible commercial kitchens.

This year the shortlist is:

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BI Catering Equipment Services
BI CES has achieved double digit growth for the fifth consecutive year and increased turnover by 30% in the last 12 months. The dealer has achieved this by delivering its promises to its customers and keeping communication channels open. This includes completing tight timeframe projects for Selwyn College and Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Maintaining a 100% staff retention rate, the firm has put two engineers through Gas Safe qualifications and invested in lifting gear to cut installation time.

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Brakes Catering Equipment
Brakes Catering Equipment continues to go from strength to strength following a reorganisation of its Leeds operation in June which doubled its warehouse capacity. The move also ensured that its latest catalogue was able to feature a much larger range, with improved availability for next day deliveries. The business achieved double digit growth in the second half of the year to date, retained one of its top customers and signed up some large, new accounts, as well as boosting staff numbers.

Essex-based CCE has marked its 2016 with some stand-out, high end projects. Chief among these was an outfit at the Galvin brothers’ new HOP pub and restaurant in London’s Spitalfields. The dealer also brought Michelin star chef Adam Stokes’ ideas to life in his restaurant’s new kitchen in Birmingham, as well as designing and install the kitchen at Adam Handling’s independent venture The Frog, in Shoreditch, London. It also refurbished Fortnum & Mason’s Fountain Restaurant and Soda Bar.

HCE Foodservice Equipment
HCE’s investment in two AutoCAD systems for its designers this year, incorporating the full Revit facility has enabled the Southampton-based firm to reach BIM level 2 standards for public sector projects. It has also strengthened its project management team with two new additions, who have helped the company to complete outstanding projects such as at the Tate Modern and a famous London department store. Furthermore, HCE won contracts for a range of Mitchells & Butlers brands.

KCCJ is sustaining its growth and added eight staff members, half of whom were from outside the industry, which the firm hopes will be future stars. Self-funded, the dealer has invested in a new CRM system, new project lead software and a brand new website. One of its biggest schemes this year was the £2.8m project to expand the iconic Anfield stadium in Liverpool, where the dealer’s tight programme of work was delivered on time thanks to project managers’ long hours and weekends.

The electronic vote to choose the winner will open on Monday 31 October, when senior supplier representatives will receive an e-mail invite to participate.

The 2016 Catering Insight Awards is supported by Cedabond.

Tickets are available individually or for tables of 10 HERE.

For more ticketing or sponsorship information, contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226


Anne-Marie Judge
0203 176 5632