Light equipment buying consortium Caterbar has revealed the winners of its 2019 awards.
The organisation held a ceremony last week following its annual supplier speed dating event day at the Cotton’s Hotel & Spa, Knutsford. Caterbar represents a collective of 16 independent companies primarily supplying the HoReCa sector with anything from heavy equipment to blue roll.
Two dealers were rewarded for their work with the group’s suppliers, with Galgorm Group winning the Supplier Partner Award and Holchem Laboratories snapping up the Sales Team trophy.
The ceremony also saw Churchill China crowned as the Table Top & Light Equipment winner, with Essity and DPS Tableware commended in that category.
Likewise, Northwood Hygiene Products was victorious in the Hygiene & Consumables Award, with commended companies comprising Waypoint and Cofresco Foodservice.
Finally the Overall Winner for suppliers was Neville’s (UK).
All the supplier trophies were presented once again by group chairman Henry Stephenson, MD of Stephenson’s, who also made a brief speech hoping that any political uncertainty would not further deter investment in end user business such as new restaurant and bar openings, and stressed the need for suppliers and distributors to have joint strategies for continued growth and stability.
Prior to the evening’s ceremony, during the day, 30 selected suppliers, all of whom have ongoing and developing partnerships with the group, conducted a series of round robin meetings with all the available members. Caterbar executive officer Richard Agnew commented: “Using the established speed dating format guarantees them the necessary time for vital discussions and focuses attention on innovation and areas of growth.
“It was a very productive day, and learning from last year, an earlier start allowed more time for each meeting, enabling members and suppliers alike to discuss new ideas, explore further sales opportunities, and consider new avenues of business.
“Many of the members also brought sales staff in addition to their buyers and directors, and it is hoped this one-to-one training will boost mutual business.”