Nominations now open for Catering Insight Awards 2019

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Nominations for the Catering Insight Awards 2019, in association with First Choice Group, have opened with a bang.

The brand new online nomination process should make it even easier to ensure that your chosen distributor or supplier gets the recognition it deserves.

When a category is chosen on the new web form, it displays tailored questions to ensure that you provide the most relevant information for your nominated firm – or individual for the Lifetime Achievement Award – and therefore that they stand the best chance of making the cut to the shortlist.

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Simply scroll down this page to the embedded online form or click HERE to be taken to the form’s unique webpage.

Nominations must be made by Monday 30 September at 5pm, so you only have 4 weeks to make your choice.

Anyone can nominate any dealer or supplier in the industry for the relevant categories, including self-nominations. And for anyone concerned about showing favouritism, there’s no need to worry, as all nominees always remain anonymous.

Another shake-up this year is to the awards categories, to keep the format topical and fresh.

The first new category is Distributor of the Year – Business Development. This will celebrate those distributors which have significantly moved their business forwards over the last 12 months, whether by producing outstanding financial performance, investing in facilities, equipment or staff, or putting into place company-wide action plans which have brought hugely positive results.

The next addition is Distributor of the Year – Marketing & Strategy. This award will honour distributors across the UK which have actioned innovative marketing campaigns to stay at the cutting edge of the industry, as well as those which have devised well thought-out, original strategies to maintain and further their market position going forwards.

And the final brand new category is Distributor of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility. This accolade will recognise those UK dealers who are outstanding corporate citizens. This could be through their work to be efficient and environmentally aware, or demonstrating excellent health and safety standards, or for those who have thrown their backing behind important charitable initiatives.

To make room for these categories in the awards programme, we have folded the regional dealer trophies into two areas: Distributor of the Year, North of the UK, which will be presented to a catering equipment dealer based anywhere from the Midlands northwards in England, and across Scotland and Northern Ireland, who shines in 2019; and Distributor of the Year, South of the UK, which will honour an outstanding dealer in the south of England or across Wales.

The rest of the categories remain the same, with the complete run-down as follows:

Supplier categories

Service & Support
Light Equipment
Heavy Equipment, sponsored by Commercial Kitchen
Business Development
Training & Education, sponsored by CESA

Distributor categories

Distributor of the Year – South of the UK, sponsored by Hobart
Distributor of the Year – North of the UK, sponsored by Blue Seal
Distributor of the Year – Project Management, sponsored by Welbilt
Distributor of the Year – Business Development, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment
Distributor of the Year – Marketing & Strategy
Distributor of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems
Digital Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Hoshizaki
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year

Headline honours

Distributor of the Year – Nationwide, sponsored by Rational
Lifetime Achievement Award

Once the entries have been whittled down to a shortlist, senior distributor executives will be invited to vote on the supplier category winners, while major supplier executives will decide the distributor category victors.

All winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 28 November at the grand Banking Hall in central London.

The celebrations will continue until the early hours with the official After-Party at the nearby Forge bar.

To secure your place at the awards, purchase individual tickets or a table of 10 HERE.

To discuss the unique opportunities this event offers, contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226

The Catering Insight Awards 2019 are supported by Cedabond.

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