Today’s Group members celebrated in style at the FWD Gold Medal awards, with the winning wholesalers scooping three of the sought-after accolades and David Cullen winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, very well deserved!
The annual event, held at the HAC’s Royal Artillery Gardens, celebrates the achievements and innovations seen in the wholesale industry, recognizing top performing individuals, teams and brands who have maintained a commitment to excellence throughout 2014.
And the winners are…
FWD GOLD MEDAL FOR CASH AND CARRY MANAGER
Atif Rashid, Alfa Wholesale
Based in Glasgow, Alfa Wholesale is committed to providing excellent customer service and choice to its customer base of independent retailers, caterers and fast food operators. Following a devastating fire in 2012, Alfa rebuilt their premises, even more determined to work hard to give their customers the best possible in depot experience.
FWD GOLD MEDAL FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Claire Buckel, DeeBee
Winning the Gold Medal for Customer Support, Dee Bee pride themselves on their excellent customer service and their personal approach to business. Located in Grimsby, Dee Bee has a 60,000 sq ft depot, stocking 40,000 products, making their drive to support and help customers a key part of their success.
FWD GOLD MEDAL FOR DELIVERED DEPOT MANAGER
Simon Hannah, J W Filshill
Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2015, JW Filshill in Glasgow is the longest established wholesaler in the Today’s group. A family business, Simon Hannah took over as Managing Director from his father Ronnie. Filshill is proud to support their loyal Keystore retailer network and a constantly looking to improve their operations through great customer service and technological innovation.
FWD GOLD MEDAL FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Today’s were proud to see nine of their wholesale members short-listed for their outstanding achievements, in a year where the FWD judges saw more nominations than ever before.
Selected by FWD associate members, the short-list was an incredibly difficult process for both the judges and the wholesale members, highlighting the quality of the entries for the 2014 awards. Today’s featured strongly across a number of categories, with two Today’s members nominated in the Gold Medal for Delivered Depot Manager and two for the Gold Medal for Customer Support.
Congratulations to the short-listed finalists:
GOLD MEDAL FOR DELIVERED DEPOT MANAGER
- Andrew and Steve Wild, Wilds of Oldham
- Simon Hannah, J W Filshill Ltd
GOLD MEDAL FOR WHOLESALE SERVICE (RETAIL)
- Dhamecha Foods Ltd
GOLD MEDAL FOR WHOLESALE SERVICE (FOODSERVICE)
- Wanis Ltd
GOLD MEDAL FOR CASH & CARRY MANAGER
- Atif Rashid, Alfa Wholesale Ltd
DEPOT TEAM MANAGER
- Rick Johal, Crown Cash & Carry
GOLD MEDAL FOR YOUNG WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR
- Sanjay Thakrar, HT and Co Ltd
GOLD MEDAL FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT
- Claire Buckel, D B Ramsden and Co Ltd
- Des Brown, Thames Cash & Carry Ltd
Thank you to all members, finalists and worthy winners of the FWD Gold Awards for your hard work and commitment to excellence during 2014. Working together we hope to welcome a New Year of continued success.