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< Back to news 17 August, 2009

2010 beacon supplier awards launch

Innovation, exceptional customer service and good social responsibility are the ‘X factors’ that Beacon’s impressive panel of judges are looking for in the Beacon Supplier Awards – entering their second year this year.

Innovation, exceptional customer service and good social responsibility are the ‘X factors’ that Beacon’s impressive panel of judges are looking for in the Beacon Supplier Awards – entering their second year this year.

Launched this week, Beacon’s 2010 annual supplier awards are designed to recognise excellence among suppliers in categories that include Best Product, Most Reliable Supplier, Outstanding Customer Service, and Exceptional Staff Member. The Green Tourism award to recognise social responsibility credentials will be awarded in association with Green Business UK.  The overall Beacon Award will recognise the supplier judged as having supported Beacon’s business the most in the last year, including its philosophy, brand and customers.

To judge the awards, a panel of leading industry experts and professionals has been assembled.  These include distinguished chef Brian Turner CBE; Mark Lewis, Editor of Caterer & Hotelkeeper; Robert Barnard, Head of Hotel Consultancy Services for PKF; Jon Proctor, Technical Director of Green Business UK; Karen Williams, award-winning restaurateur from The Mulberry Tree in Kent; and Chris Durant, Director of Beacon. The awards for Most Reliable Supplier, Best Product, Outstanding Customer Service and Exceptional Staff Member will also be decided by customer votes.

Suppliers can nominate themselves for one or more awards. The deadline for supplier entries is on 4 September, although customers are allowed to cast their votes until 30 October.  Winners will be announced at the Best Western Members Conference on 8 February 2010, and will be able to use the Beacon Award Winner logo in all of their advertising and marketing materials. 

Chris Durant, Director of Beacon, said, ‘The awards are about highlighting those suppliers whose commitment to service standards have contributed most to customer satisfaction, and to helping make Beacon the biggest purchasing consortium for independent hospitality businesses today.  In the end, it’s the customer who wins, as companies will be incentivised to compete with the best for future recognition.’ 

to find out more, visit the awards site at www.beaconsupplierawards.co.uk.