Target Catering Equipment was named the winner of the People’s Choice Awards 2019 for the South and South West.
The second-generation family-run business came out on top in an online public vote against 13 other finalists in the category, which included St Austell Brewery, New Wave Marine and St Bridget Nurseries.
Picking up the award at a ceremony at The May Fair Hotel in London last week, David Pedrette, MD of Target Catering Equipment, said: “We can’t believe it, we’re still in shock to be completely honest! The fact we won the award from people going out of their way and voting for us is so very humbling. There were some really elite family businesses in this year’s shortlisting, so it makes the win that extra bit special.
“We work tirelessly to ensure our customers only receive the very best products and I guess this is a way of knowing how much they appreciate our service, it’s an incredible feeling.”
Target Catering Equipment specialises in commercial kitchen design and has been providing bespoke catering equipment to the foodservice industry for over 30 years.
Founded in 1988 by David and his wife Elizabeth, who is the financial director, the firm now employs daughters Charlotte and Nicola as general manager and marketing manager respectively.
Target is known for its commercial induction ranges, which have been recognised as sustainable products by industry bodies CESA, FCSI and the Carbon Trust. Because of this, Target has helped to deliver thousands of pounds worth of Carbon Trust grant funding to its clients, which has assisted them in the purchasing of equipment.
The Gloucester-based company also designs complete commercial kitchens including kitchen ventilation systems, in addition to assisting customers with overcoming difficult ventilation and equipment issues – which have caused contractual problems and require compliance with strict planning and DEFRA guidelines.
David added: “On behalf of all of us here at Target, we want to say a massive thank you to all those who voted for us. We would also like to thank our extended family, our employees, as we wouldn’t be where we are now without them. All the support from our loyal customers from our hometown in Gloucester and beyond means the world to us.”
The People’s Choice Awards are organised by Family Business United, a magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector.