Light equipment buying consortium Caterbar celebrated another successful year with its annual supplier day and awards ceremony at the Ingliston Hotel and Country Club on 22 June.
During the day a full spectrum of suppliers conducted a series of round-robin meetings with members, using the speed dating format which guaranteed the appropriate time and attention.
As a group in 2016/17, Caterbar’s turnover on approved supplier programmes grew to a gross figure of approximately £26.5m, and a resultant 20% increase in earned rebates.
Caterbar executive officer Richard Agnew commented: “It was a very productive day, enabling members and suppliers alike to promote new ideas and avenues of business.”
In the evening the group held its celebratory meal and awards ceremony, this year introducing two new awards: Distributor of the Year and Online and Media. All the trophies were presented by group chairman Henry Stephenson of HG Stephenson’s in Stockport.
The Caterbar Distributor of the Year was presented to Spectrum Hygiene, which led the way with a 38% increase in spend in group schemes and a 57% rise in rebate earned.
The other new category, Online and Media, was won by Nevilles, with judges detailing that the firm has embraced all aspects of online trading, and promotions, and for every product launch of the last few years there has always been a back story or research carried out to set trends.
The supplier Overall Winner was Churchill China, gaining judges’ feeling that the manufacturer undertakes constant development, comprising constant investment, excellent sales support, quality assurance and troubleshooting.
The Hygiene sector winner was Holchem Laboratories, with new Caterbar supplier EcoTech (Europe) receiving a commendation in the category.
In the Tabletop category Beaumont triumphed, with Plastico being commended for investing in a new UK factory.
Northwood Hygiene Products won Sales Team of the Year for its “nationwide coverage, good communicators, and a positive attitude to helping out members, and even acting as arbitrators in some circumstances as they expand.”
While the Innovation award went to SCA, as it was judged to have constantly developed systems, tabletop colours and products, as well as promotional campaigns.