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Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division Conference 2020

Friday January 24, 2020

Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division Conference 2020 at Celtic Manor Resort – #2020Vision

The Bunzl Catering & Hospitality divisional conference was held on Friday 17 January at the Celtic Manor Resort – this year themed ‘2020 Vision’. The Celtic Manor Resort is a golf, spa and leisure hotel and resort in Newport, South East Wales. The resort boasts the first golf course in history to be purpose-built for the famous Ryder Cup event, which they hosted in 2010.

Over 400 delegates from Bunzl Catering Supplies, Bunzl Lockhart, Continental Chef Supplies, Tri-Star Packaging, WK Thomas, London Bio Packaging, and our key suppliers gathered to hear the conference opened by Matt Johnson, Managing Director for Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, who warmly welcomed all delegates and outlined the structure for the day ahead. This was followed by a presentation from Andrew Tedbury, Managing Director for Bunzl UK & Ireland, who delivered an informative and engaging overview of the Bunzl UK & Ireland business.

Delegates at the ‘2020 Vision’ conference were treated to a special guest speaker before lunch – Maggie Philbin OBE, the English radio and television presenter whose credits include Tomorrow’s World, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and latterly Bang Goes the Theory. Maggie presented on the theme of technology and innovation, inviting delegates to think about what the Bunzl business might look like in 2025 and beyond.

In the afternoon, interactive breakout sessions continued on this theme, with delegates encouraged to do some ‘blue sky thinking’ on how the business might better utilise technology and innovation in operations, purchasing and sales. Over 175 ideas were generated from these sessions and the best were shared as delegates regrouped for the final presentations of the day.

Thanks was given to all the Suppliers who supported and took part in the divisional conference, including:  Amefa, Amipak, Arc, Blue Seal Ltd, CED Fabrications Ltd, Cedo, Celebration Paper & Plastics, Churchill,  Cofresco, Colpac, Dart Products Europe Ltd, Diversey, Ecobag, Essity, Eximex (Kingpac), Faerch Plast, Falcon Foodservice Equipment, FEM Ltd, Freudenberg Household Products, FSG Tableware, GFL, GOJO Industries Europe Ltd, Go Pak, Harfield, Harrison Wipes, Huhtamaki, KeCo, Kimberley-Clark Professional, Kp Linpac, Mitchell & Cooper, National Checking, Nevilles, Northwood, PAL International, Retail Packaging Solutions (Daymark), RAK, Rational UK, RH Hall, Robot Coupe UK Ltd, SC Johnson Professional (Deb), P&G, Pentland Wholesale Ltd, RAP, Sabert, Seal Packaging Ltd, Sharpak, Smith Anderson Group Ltd, Steelite International Ltd, Swan Mill Paper Company, Transcend Packaging, Utopia Tableware, Victor, Wearer Tech, Williams Refrigeration, Winterhalter.

After a busy day, delegates re-grouped for the BOSCAR awards for achievement, which celebrate outstanding contributions to the business in 2019, presented by Matt Johnson.

Congratulations to all BOSCAR winners:

  • BCS Employee of the Year: Peter Lajko
  • BCS Salesperson of the Year: John Bond
  • BCS NAM of the Year: Mike Symes
  • BCS Team of the Year: CH&Co Implementation Team
  • BCS Supplier of the Year: KeCo Food Service Packaging
  • Lockhart Employee of the Year: Danielle Hall
  • Lockhart Salesperson of the Year: Amanda McLeod
  • Lockhart NAM of the Year: Kristian Mort
  • Lockhart Team of the Year: Kenfig
  • Lockhart Supplier of the Year: Churchill
  • Tri-Star, WKT, London Bio Packaging Employee of the Year: Angie Hogg
  • Tri-Star, WKT, London Bio Packaging Salesperson of the Year: Andrew Buckle
  • Tri-Star, WKT, London Bio Packaging Contributor of the Year: Stuart Smith and Pat Wall
  • Tri-Star, WKT, London Bio Packaging Supplier of the Year: Sabert
  • Aggora Employee of the Year: Kirsty Thomas
  • Aggora Project of the Year: University of Sunderland
  • Aggora Support Team of the Year: IT
  • Aggora Engineering Team: James Lopez

A special congratulations go to our supplier KeCo Food Service Packaging, who were awarded the Bunzl Catering Supplies Supplier of the Year Award 2019.  Matt Johnson, Managing Director for Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division comments: “KeCo Food Service Packaging has been supplying Bunzl Catering Supplies since the beginning of 2017 and together we have developed a partnership that consistently delivers trusted foodservice solutions and innovation to our customers. Providing fantastic customer service to our business through effective account management, KeCo supports us in a complex and fast-moving market, where our customer’s buying decisions have become imperative for long-term sustainability. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with KeCo in 2019 and we look forward to continuing our important work in the year ahead.  Congratulations to KeCo for winning Supplier of the Year 2019 – the award is very well deserved.”

During the evening meal delegates entered a raffle to support charities Hospitality Action and Springboard Nicaragua trek by purchasing a £10 raffle ticket. In total, the raffle raised over £3,800 and the winner of the main prize, a fantastic trip to Doha, was Sam Biggs, National Account Manager, Bunzl Catering Supplies.