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09/04/2014

Wholesalers reach new heights…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes announces 2014 award winners at Stoneleigh.

Intrepid explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes was star guest at The Today’s Group Member Awards 2014 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, last night when top performers in the independent sector were honoured for their superb contribution to wholesaling.

A packed audience gathered in the Main Hall on the eve of the annual Stoneleigh National Exhibition, hosted by Today’s Group, as Sir Ranulph and Today’s managing director Bill Laird welcomed winners on stage to collect their awards.

Today’s Group managing director Bill Laird was full of praise for the winners.

“What a fabulous night and what a superb effort by our winners”, he said. “It’s great to recognize our members’ contributions to the industry. From well-established names to newcomers, they’re setting supremely high standards across the independent sector. Warmest congratulations to them all!”

Stoneleigh Awards Winners 2014

IT Initiative of the year
Rewarding expertise in digital technology

WINNER
Dee Bee

Founding member Dee Bee has over 60 retailers in its symbol portfolio. This progressive wholesaler is at the forefront of digital technology in the sector and has created the Re-Scan EPOS system to give retailers a modern, one-stop solution to manage their businesses.

Dee Bee 1

HIGHLY COMMENDED
JW Filshill

The company’s major investment in electronic point of sale and digital voucher systems is giving JW Filshill and their symbol stores a real competitive edge.

Foodservice Wholesaler of the year
Star performers in a key category that out-performed the sector in 2013

WINNER
Total Foodservice

A family concern for over 120 years, Total Foodservice has a £16 million business operating from state-of-the-art 36,000 square feet premises in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The team consistently offers industry-leading innovation and exceptional standards of service and value.

Total Foodservice

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Holdsworth

This wholesaler increased its £60 million turnover business with the acquisition of two further businesses and the construction of a state-of-the-art frozen and chilled storage and distribution depot.

Retail Development Programme
Recognising wholesaler contributions to Symbol Stores and Today’s Retail Club

SYMBOL WINNER
Dee Bee

Dee Bee consistently raises the bar in terms of the quality and support they offer their retailers.

Dee Bee 2

TODAY’S RETAIL CLUB WINNER
M9 Cash & Carry

In less than 12 months M9 has developed a network of 72 retailers.

M9

HIGHLY COMMENDED
H T Drinks

Synonymous with licensed wholesale, HT Drinks has recently diversified into grocery lines to support their new retail club operation.

Rising Star
Celebrating emerging talent in the wholesale sector

WINNER
SERT-MST

This rising star appeared on The Grocer Big 30 Wholesalers list for the first time in 2012 and has been an outstanding champion of Today’s brand ranges.

Sert MST (John Baines of Today’s Group pictured accepting the award on their behalf)

HIGHLY COMMENDED

SOS Wholesale and
Holland Bazaar

Two notable names already making a big contribution to the Group.

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
Highlighting wholesalers with a conscience

WINNER
Alfa Wholesale

Alfa demonstrates true family spirit offering staff flexible hours and interest free loans. They continued to pay their staff after a fire devastated the depot in 2012 and their rebuilt depot is full of eco-friendly features.

Alfa Wholesale

Member of the year

WINNER
Agrimark

Billy and Chris Kewley from Agrimark have 60 years’ wholesaling experience between them and Agrimark has been a Today’s Group wholesaler since our inaugural year of 1987. Hard work, commitment and on-going investment have made Agrimark a £10 million business.

Agrimark

Outstanding Contribution to UK Wholesale

WINNER
Wanis

Worthy winner London-based Afro Caribbean food specialist Wanis celebrates its golden anniversary this year marking 50 years of excellence in customer service and innovation.

Wanis

2014 Special Recognition Award

WINNER
George Kirkpatrick, James Wilson, Orkney

Special mention was made of George Kirkpatrick who was unable to attend due to illness. George has flown the Today’s Group flag in the Orkneys for 27 years and is a great businessman and true gentleman. Our warmest best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

Retail Award

WINNER
Fran and Earnie Pearcy, High Street, Broughton

Congratulations to this delightful couple. Their forward-looking business proves outstanding customer service can beat off the stiffest competition.

Today's Pearcy

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