London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel was the venue for this year’s Bestway Performance Awards, in which 500 Bestway Wholesale colleagues and supply partners celebrated the talent and excellence of the company’s employees.
The awards saw 17 colleagues and teams, and three suppliers, recognised for their achievements, including ‘Driver of the Year’, ‘Depot of the Year’, ‘Head Office Colleague of the Year’ and ‘Supplier of the Year’.
Managing Director, Dawood Pervez said: “For over 14 years, our Performance Awards have been central to Bestway in recognising the commitment and exceptional talent we are proud to see within our own, and our suppliers’, businesses.
“The awards are all about championing our people. Whilst there has to be winners within the awards process, every one of our nominees, chosen by their colleagues, are winners. We are enormously proud of our team and wholly committed to ensuing Bestway remains a great place to work, offering strong careers, alongside development, progression and reward.”
Bestway Manchester’s Zahid Akbar and his operations manager Habib-ur Rehman were named Depot Manager of the Year. The Manchester depot team live by the quote “The aim of education is knowledge, not of facts but of values.” Key to the success is engaging the team in the depot’s goals and measures, recognising individual contributions and successes and training the team to ensure they know what is expected of them – encouraging everyone to practise and learn from mistakes.
Batleys Liverpool won Depot of the year. Last year the team increased sales to catering customers by £512,000 and increased Xtra Local sales by 11.9%.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory won the Most improved supplier award, Diageo Great Britain was named Most innovative supplier for Gordon’s Pink Gin and Coca-Cola European Partners won Supplier of the year.