The Catering Insight Awards nominations are now open, so to guide you as to what criteria you should take into account when putting distributors forward, below is a handy summary of what to look out for.
All nominations will be confidential and companies are welcome to self-nominate. Fill in our online nomination form HERE or download the distributor category nomination form HERE. The nomination deadline is Monday 2 October.
The winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on Thursday 23 November at 8 Northumberland Avenue, Central London.
Distributor of the Year – North of England, sponsored by Blue Seal
This distinction will be awarded to a catering equipment dealer based anywhere from the Midlands northwards in England which has shone over the past year. This could be due to going above and beyond the call of duty in terms of design, service and installation, or because of other commendable ways they have developed their business.
Distributor of the Year – South of England, sponsored by Nayati
The south of England is a busy market, right from the Cotswolds to East Anglia, and including the ever-competitive London market, and this award will honour a dealer that has excelled as a business or overcome challenges to design and install incredible commercial kitchens.
Distributor of the Year – Rest of the UK, sponsored by DC Products
Dealers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be recognised in this category for the exemplary work they are carrying out in those regions, whether it is the supply and installation of equipment or a full-service commercial kitchen design.
Distributor of the Year – Project Management, sponsored by Welbilt
With the diverse challenges that distributors can face in designing and installing kitchens, it takes a special firm to balance all the spinning plates simultaneously – and to a first-class standard. Nominate for this award to recognise a company that stands out for delivering a very special project.
Emerging Distributor of the Year, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment
New entrants to the catering equipment market are popping up all the time, but this accolade will honour a dealer that was established less than 5 years ago, and which is making a name for itself by growing its business through winning new projects and delivering high levels of service.
Digital Initiative of the Year
New for 2017, this category will honour a distributor, either traditional or online, who has really embraced the digital medium, whether it is for sales, service, technology, showcasing their capabilities or an innovative social media campaign.
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year, sponsored by First Choice Group
Service and maintenance is absolutely critical in the world of catering equipment, and this category will reward those that are blazing a trail when it comes to repairing, maintaining and servicing kitchens. This award is open to both specialist service companies and distributors that operate dedicated service businesses.
Two special headline awards will be the crowning achievements for distributors and industry personalities.
Distributor of the Year – Nationwide, sponsored by Rational
This special honour will recognise a major distributor which has completed mammoth commercial kitchen projects to a high standard, up and down the country, while still offering a personalised, sterling service.
Lifetime Achievement Award
One outstanding individual will be presented with the lifetime achievement accolade – someone who has devoted their entire career to the catering equipment industry and excelled in their role.