The Distributor of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility category, sponsored by DC Products, recognises UK distributors whose actions make them outstanding corporate citizens.
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 shortlist includes the following distributors:
Abraxas Catering Equipment
Abraxas Catering Equipment once again spent the year fundraising for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. The distributor both donated a series of crockery and glassware shipments to the charity’s shop in Walsall, as well as providing the MAAC with any tableware that is surplus to its requirements in order to help raise vital funds for the ambulance service. Furthermore, for every CP42 or Gas Safe inspection that the dealer’s team has carried out throughout 2020, the company has donated £2.50 to the charity. This is the third consecutive year that Abraxas has supported its local air ambulance with fundraising initiatives.
Tottenham-headquartered distributor Chiller Box donated lots of smallwares to the North London Community Consortium, which has been helping to feed NHS staff and nurseries at the company’s local North Middlesex Hospital. The distributor also arranged donations of equipment from Parry and RH Hall, all of which have reportedly been gratefully received by the healthcare site. Elsewhere, Chiller Box helped to publicise CEDA’s free ‘Guidance on Minimising Risk of Covid-19’ in commercial kitchens to the operator community, to ensure they could safely reopen after lockdown. Plus it donated to local Merryhills School’s fundraiser, which missed out on its summer fayre during the pandemic.
Kent Catering Service
During the pandemic, Kent Catering Service (KCS) pledged its support to The Pilgrims Hospice Group. The company’s engineers visited the sites at Ashford, Margate and Canterbury numerous times in recent months to perform all PMA servicing free of charge on kitchen equipment and refrigeration units, including coldrooms. KCS also completed full gas safety inspections for all sites. The distributor further vowed to continue this support to recognise the good work that Pilgrims Hospice Group does for the community. Furthermore, KCS gave preferential rates to the hospice for call outs and repairs, and recently performed inspections and cleaning for insurance purposes, free of charge, in relation to the kitchen extract and ductwork cleaning requirements.
This year, Sprint Group joined forces with Foster, Precision and Wolseley to step up the support of The Ivy Collection’s initiative to deliver thousands of meals to hospitals, schools, colleges and care homes nationwide. The taskforce delivered meals across Birmingham and Manchester, with Sprint and co delivering meals to Cambridge and Oxford too. Furthermore, the firm supported ‘Hub for Grub’ CIC to help provide a safe space for marginalised communities. The team at Sprint Group donated commercial catering equipment for use at the West Midlands community hub, including the Hub for Grub cafe, a place where people could get hospitality training and accredited qualifications to help provide stability and income.
Vision Commercial Kitchens
From the outset of the current pandemic, Vision made its staff a priority, this included reacting quickly to the situation by putting arrangements in place for home working prior to official lockdown, implementation of in-house risk assessments for staff who returned to working in the office and supporting staff by topping up furloughed salaries to normal levels. The company also recognises its duty of care to the environment in terms of the products which it promotes as well as the social responsibility it has to the wider community, which it has focused on with charity fundraising throughout the year. Its chosen organisation for 2020 was The Christie charity, for which the Vision team raised a total of £4,050.
Eligible senior industry professionals will be invited to vote for their winner in an online vote over the next two weeks.
The winners of each category will be announced throughout Kitchen & Equipment Awards Week, which commences Monday 30 November.