The Distributor of the Year – North of the UK category encompasses dealers in the north of England, and across Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have shone in 2020.
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 shortlist includes the following distributors:
This category encompasses dealers in the north of England, and across Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have shone in 2020. The shortlist is:
C&C Catering Equipment
C&C has certainly proved its strength and longevity this year, finding itself in a comfortable position off the back of its highest ever revenue total of £21.9m in 2019. While the Chester-based firm had good cash reserves and net worth to draw upon, like the rest of the industry it had to weather a huge downturn in project turnover. Nevertheless, it still has a good order book in the pipeline, after having already delivered outstanding schemes such as at The Conwy Culture Centre in North Wales and Highgate School in London. The firm even recruited an additional project manager to cope with demand for work in the capital.
Lakes Catering Maintenance
Lakes Catering Maintenance has continued to grow, even during the dark days of lockdown, carrying stock of equipment supporting both its client base and its suppliers. In fact, the Cumbria-headquartered distributor has increased the value of its stock holdings so that it can be reactive in the time of need for its clients. Lakes has also invested in staff, bringing in a very experienced senior engineer to help train and guide its existing service team to achieve the very highest of standards. MD Leigh Howard and his team have always excelled and are always flexible for both clients and suppliers, supporting customers with loan equipment if required.
Lloyd Catering Equipment
Rotherham-based Lloyd Catering Equipment has really bucked the industry trend, going on a significant recruitment drive at a time when many others are making redundancies. The new additions, in departments such as project management, have been welcomed in a preparation for recovery and growth in a demanding sector. The company is also serving operators well, as it deferred payments and kept its clients’ services in situ whilst they recover from the economic challenges. Furthermore, Lloyd has purchased innovative machinery to offer loop cycle and circular economy for the catering equipment industry. A new launch has also been teased that is predicted to be a USP offering.
Restaurant Design Associates
RDA has continued to prove itself as a true Northern Powerhouse throughout 2020 in spite of the obvious challenges in the marketplace. The Hebburn-headquartered distributor commenced 2020 with the completion of a large ongoing CPU project for The Auckland Project in County Durham. This ‘dark kitchen’ was to supply a number of RDA-designed outlets in Bishop Auckland, including Auckland Castle Café, The Walled Garden Restaurant and The Spanish Gallery Tapas Bar. Whilst site works have been less plentiful in 2020 than in recent years, RDA’s design department has remained busy throughout the pandemic, most recently securing a sizable order for a multi-site project at Manchester Met University, due for completion in 2021.
Stephens Catering Equipment
With branches in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Stephens Catering Equipment has ensured it maintained a good level of project output, including helping to convert Ulster Hospital into a Nightingale hospital with early opening during the Covid pandemic, and also completing the Grand Central Hotel Birmingham project in that period. In fact, Stephens was classified as a key service provider during lockdown, suppling and servicing Covid wards both in the North and South of Ireland throughout the pandemic. The firm has also made three key recent appointments, comprising a full time resident development chef, a design and product developer and an operations manager.
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.