Trade association FEA has jumped at the chance to support Catering Insight and Foodservice Equipment Journal’s special joint digital event, the Kitchen & Equipment Awards Week.
The sister publications are joining forces for this year to present a week of winner announcements premiering on both titles’ YouTube channels, starting on 30 November, which celebrate the whole of the catering equipment supply and operation chain.
While nominations are already pouring in for the awards, FEA has decided to back the Supplier of the Year – Training & Education category, continuing its support for this area as it has done for the last 4 years of the Catering Insight Awards.
FEA chair John Whitehouse appraised: “The Catering Insight and FEJ Awards are now mainstays for the industry and are recognised as being independent and authoritative. The whole industry looks to the awards to see who are the runners, riders and recipients each year.
“The Kitchen & Equipment Awards is an excellent initiative, given the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be a welcome chance to enjoy some celebrations, albeit remotely, and to recognise the great work that the industry and its supply chain has continued to carry out over the past year.”
Of the current industry situation, he analysed: “The ability to adapt will be one of the keys that will lead us through the pandemic and its aftermath. As an industry we are blessed with strong leaders and businesses that are well used to meeting the needs of their customers – and to adapting to changing and challenging conditions. To see this recognised will be testimony to their resolve.
“In these testing times the Awards provide a core of normality and ensure those who deserve recognition get it. Their hard work, enthusiasm and business drive, and their ongoing efforts to raise standards, are what make this industry great. This spirit and experience will see the industry re-emerge to great effect over the coming months and years.”
Whitehouse detailed that the Supplier of the Year – Training and Education category is important to the FEA as: “Raising the skill levels of our sector is the key to adding value, realising opportunities, and giving good customer service. We were proud to have celebrated 10 years of the CFSP training programme this year, with over 600 UK graduates. Their feedback confirms how important the work is in raising standards of professionalism and filling the ‘skills gap’.
“FEA is also involved in several other professional educational initiatives, including electrical engineer training as well as the PFS and CPD courses. They reflect our commitment to the belief that training and education will create a better tomorrow, both for individuals and for their businesses. As the saying goes ‘What if we train somebody and they leave? But what if we don’t and they stay?’ Continuous professional development is vital to the future success of our industry – starting now!”
Ensure that your chosen company is in the running for recognition by nominating using the simple online form below. All nominators will remain anonymous, self-nominations are welcome, and the deadline for submission is end of play on Friday 9 October.
Alternatively, visit the form’s individual webpage here.
The Kitchen & Equipment Awards categories are:
Operator of the Year for Innovative Kitchen Design
Operator of the Year for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Operator of the Year for Equipment Innovation
Operator of the Year for Menu Development
Operator of the Year for Best New Concept
Distributor of the Year – South of the UK
Distributor of the Year – North of the UK
Distributor of the Year – Nationwide
Distributor of the Year – Business Development
Distributor of the Year – Marketing & Strategy
Distributor of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility
Digital Initiative of the Year
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year
Supplier of the Year – Sustainability
Supplier of the Year – Service & Support
Supplier of the Year – Business Development
Supplier of the Year – Training & Education, sponsored by FEA
Supplier of the Year – Light Equipment
Supplier of the Year – Heavy Equipment
Executive Chef of the Year
Outstanding Service to the Industry (for operators, distributors or suppliers)
The shortlist will be announced simultaneously in both publications’ November issues, as well as online, after which we will open the voting to senior executives of operators, distributors and suppliers, ensuring each cannot vote on their own category.
To discuss the unique opportunities this event offers, contact:
0203 176 4226