Almost 500 guests descended on the Marriott, Grosvenor Square last night (6th March) to celebrate the achievements of staff and management of the Bestway Group.  Depot staff, managers, suppliers and head office departmental personnel congregated to toast the successes of the group and also to crown Bestway’s supplier of the Year.

david howeBoth Bestway and Batleys were recognised with top honours as David Howe from Bellevue Edinburgh – part of Batleys – walked away with the Overall Manager of the Year for the sterling work he has produced over the past year while Bestway Manchester, under the stewardship of Sajid Mahmood, scooped the coveted Overall Branch of the Year award.

Zameer Choudrey Bestway Group Chief Executive commented: “The Bestway Performance Awards are incredibly important to Bestway as a group. These awards enable us to reward our excellent staff, of whom I am immensely proud, and also allow us the opportunity to showcase to suppliers the talent that will be driving our business in the years ahead. My sincere congratulations go to all the winners and in particular, David and Sajid for the exceptional efforts they and their staff have put in to developing the business in tough trading geographies.”

Younus Sheikh managing director for Bestway added, “As always the judging process was extremely rigorous and our thanks go to all the suppliers for their time in casting their votes. 2013 was again a challenging year and I am confident that we have rewarded some of the most exceptional talent in wholesale and I congratulate all the winners. I would also like to applaud both JTI and Barr Soft Drinks on being awarded Most Innovative Supplier and Best Overall Supplier respectively by Bestway staff.”

Roll of Honour

1.        Group Head Office Employee of the Year

Haleem Sadiq from Central Buying Office

2.        Group Head Office Department of the Year

Training Department, presented to David Smith, Training & Development             Manager

3.        Group White Pearl Branch of the Year

Bestway Abbey Road, presented to Mohammed Gulistan, General Manager

4.        Group Best-in Branch of the Year

Bestway Southall, presented to David Baker, General Manager

5.        Group Catering Branch of the Year

Batleys Cardiff, presented to Marc Rees, General Manager

6.        Group Export Depot of the Year

Bestway Barking, presented to Asad Mohammed and Asim Hussain

7.        Group Catering Special Achiever’s Award

Steve Irons, Senior Contracts Manager, Bestway Batleys Foodservices    

8.        Bestway Branch Manager of the Year

Naveed Anwar of Bestway Team Valley, General Manager

9.        Batleys Branch Manager of the Year

Dave Bolam of Batleys Cleveland, General Manager

10.      Group Overall Manager of the Year

David Howe of Bellevue, Edinburgh, General Manager

11.      Bestway Branch of the Year –

Bestway Nuneaton, presented to Saqib Naveed, General Manager

12.      Batleys Branch of the Year

Batleys Southampton. presented to Anton James, General Manager

13.      Group Overall Branch of the Year

Bestway Manchester, presented to Sajid Mahmood, General Manager

14.      Most Innovative Supplier of the Year

JTI.  presented to Mark Neale and Rupert Hinde

15.Overall Supplier of the Year

Barr Soft Drinks. presented to Vinnie Liddar and Guy Gissing

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