The Supplier of the Year – Business Development recognises manufacturers that have excelled in developing distributor sales and growing their company.
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 shortlist includes the following suppliers:
In July, Foster and Gamko launched an improved interest-free offer which sees customers able to spread their payments over 12, 18 or 24 months – doubling what was previously possible. And the product(s) would be owned outright by the final payment. This means that operators can halve the monthly bill of a 12 month deal, all while the product is working for them. In the current climate, Foster and Gamko are taking all the financial risk. There is no admin fee and, subject to credit check, no need for a deposit. On top of that, Foster and Gamko offered a 3-month payment holiday on products delivered before 31 March 2021 as a way for the hospitality industry to recover.
From the introduction of brand new products, such as the touch-free universal holder for pump bottles to help all sectors in their hygiene practices, to welcoming on board many new customers throughout 2019 and 2020, even during the hardships of the global pandemic, Hupfer has had a year of growth, with 2020 being its 150th year in business. The company recently joined catering equipment buying consortium ENSE, and sister company, Trak, joined buying group Cedabond on 1 October this year too. Hupfer continues to put measures into place for further growth, with even more planned for 2021. Hupfer also plays a huge part in manufacturing products for the medical sector, which has been especially busy in recent times.
Retigo has recently introduced a tax efficient lease option, giving distributors and operators the chance to get their equipment quickly and within their budget, also allowing them the opportunity to take advantage of flexible upgrade plans when necessary. This option preserves working capital and protects other credit lines. Plus its just-launched Orange+ combi oven was developed by Retigo distributors, who identified the need for an alternative to cheaper brands but still with a high level of function and design, showing how the company has listened to the demands of the market and delivered in an exceptional way. Furthermore, the Czech-headquartered firm has appointed an exclusive UK supplier this year in the form of Commercial Catering Products.
RH Hall has responded quickly to the increased demand for hygiene solutions created by Covid-19 and invested in both the Hallco brand and its fabrications division. The new British-manufactured range includes Mobile Hand Wash Basins, which can be used anywhere, needing no plumbing or electrical connections – in both full height and reduced height versions for schools. RH Hall also worked closely with many NHS and healthcare operations to meet enhanced demand for patient and staff feeding during the pandemic. The iWave system has provided a solution for many hospitals throughout the UK, utilising barcode microwave technology to ensure hot food is available 24/7, even where skilled catering operators are not available.
Over the past 12 months, Welbilt has continued to cement its position as a market leader, not only in manufacturing commercial catering equipment but also in the aftersales service and support it is able to offer to customers. This has involved working closely, and often being part of committees and councils on trade associations, such as FEA, CEDA, Cedabond, Craft Guild of Chefs, LACA and FCSI. In addition to this, Welbilt has continued to build relationships and partnerships with third party businesses such as First Choice Group, where the company now offers regular masterclass sessions (when things return to some form of normality) giving dealers, distributors, and operators the opportunity to see Welbilt equipment first hand.
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.