Catering equipment executives were up on their feet in unison at last night’s Catering Insight Awards to honour CHR Equipment’s Ron Neville, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The room erupted in applause as Neville received his award for the 40-plus years’ service he has given to the catering equipment industry.
Neville, who was joined at the ceremony by his wife Anne, retired from CHR Equipment earlier this year after a long and illustrious career in the industry.
Catering Insight editor, Clare Nicholls, told guests that Neville began his working life in the hospitality industry in 1971 selling slicing machines – for which he got £5 per sale and no salary, as well as a three-wheeler Bond mini as his company car!
“Over the years his career has taken in companies and brands such as Berry & Warmington, Bateman contract catering group and Masters & Andren, which at that time was the agent for Cidelcem,” she said. “However, our winner is best known for the 20-plus years he spent at the helm of his family business. Under his guidance, the business has delivered projects for the likes of Claridges and Manchester House, and become one of the most respected and successful kitchen houses in the UK.”
Neville took the opportunity to give a speech after collecting his award, expressing the enjoyment he has had working in the industry throughout his career and his pride at the many prestigious projects he has been involved in.
He singled out Jestic’s managing director Steve Loughton for his support during the early stages of his career when he encountered some serious challenges, and took the opportunity to thank suppliers and customers.