Aramark is the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover and play. United by a passion to serve, our workforce of more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. With a 96% client retention rate, Aramark is recognised among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.

Sourcing the right people isn’t as easy as it might appear. Many employers spend a lot of time looking for the best staff without ever attracting the most suitable candidates. At ASA we believe in finding solutions to your recruitment needs. We know our business and we’re experts in recruiting people at all levels and across all sectors. With offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Kirkcaldy we’ll work hand-in-hand with you to make sure your recruitment expectations are met and exceeded.‘ASA is delighted to be co-sponsoring the Banqueting & Events Chef of the Year Award with Pidy’ says Regional Director, Matthew Brown, Regional Director. ‘This allows us to demonstrate our commitment to the catering market in Scotland’.

With 370 clients and an annual turnover of £204m, BaxterStorey is the UK’s largest independently owned foodservice catering company. Operating and managing employee restaurants, café bars, deli operations and executive dining rooms for business and industry clients throughout the UK and Ireland, they offer bespoke products to encourage greater sales and improve customer satisfaction.‘We live and breathe fresh food, quality ingredients, local supply, British produce and provenance,’ says Jeremy Wood, Regional Managing Director. ‘The key to our success is our commitment to clients, the quality of the people we employ and our focus on coaching and development. We know that in the business or work environment, it’s not merely about eating – it’s about working together, exchanging ideas, relaxing and creating a better environment.’

Leading wholesale food distributor and the preferred supply partner for over 60,000 customers across the UK, Bidfood Scotland prides itself on its ability to provide a comprehensive catering range, from a simple teaspoon to a complete catering solution for customers of all sizes. Utilising its national structure and the combined expertise of its employees to provide every possible food option, Bidfood Scotland offers a number of own-brand ranges and specialises in the provision of Scottish local produce.

Braehead Foods Ltd is a leading purveyor of game and speciality foods, supplying high quality produce to chefs and restaurants throughout the UK and abroad. Managing Director Craig Stevenson is proud of the company’s traceability system, which provides detailed information on all game and venison, literally from field to fork.As well as being the sole distributor of Gressingham Duck in Scotland, Braehead carries a
wide range of goods including flour, cooking wines, spices, fresh herbs, Belgian chocolate, cheese and poultry. ‘Sponsoring the CIS Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award provides us with the chance to acknowledge our appreciation of the finest quality caterers in Scotland,’ says Craig. ‘I feel a duty to support the food industry and believe that it’s important for those who excel to be recognised for their hard work. ‘Braehead Foods have supported the awards since their inception, and I am proud to have been involved in promoting, recognising and rewarding excellence from the outset.’

As one of the largest independent insurance brokers in Scotland, Bruce Stevenson provides first-class comprehensive insurance and risk management services for both business and private clients. In gaining Chartered Insurance Broker status in 2010 from the Chartered Insurance Institute, the company became part of an elite group of fewer than 100 UK intermediaries. In addition, they were last year awarded a prestigious three-star accreditation for exceptional customer service by Investors in Customers.

With a number of offices in major cities throughout Scotland – in addition to a London base – Bruce Stevenson is already the broker of choice for a number of clients within the hospitality sector.

‘As with our new relationship with Catering Scotland as co-sponsors of the CIS Excellence Independent Hotel of the Year Award, we are extremely proud to support HIT Scotland and the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and we look forward to serving the insurance needs of the Scottish hospitality and catering industry,’ said Account Executive, Carol Ward.

With more hospitality jobs than all other recruitment sites combined, and over 35,000 visits per month from Scottish jobseekers, is the preferred method of recruitment for hotels, restaurants, bars and contract catering.As well as working closely with Springboard UK, Scottish Tourism Forum and HIT Scotland, is recognised by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) as a partner and exclusive patron supplier.‘Through our dedicated Scottish office, is committed to working closely to support the Scottish hospitality industry, and is proud to be the principal sponsor of the CIS Excellence Awards 2018,’ says Kathy Dyball, Marketing & Events Director at

A leading independent catering and hospitality group with a diverse portfolio of specialist businesses, CH&Co Group provides innovative catering, event and service solutions for business-and-industry, education, healthcare, venues and amazing visitor attractions. Formed in June 2015 following a series of mergers and acquisitions, CH&Co Group now operates a number of well-known brands within the foodservice sector, including ABsolutely Catering, Ampersand, The Brookwood Partnership, Charlton House, Chester Boyd, Host & Catermasters, Lusso, ITA*, and Via360. Employing a team of almost 6,000 people across more than 600 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, the company is sponsoring the CIS Excellence Hospitality Educator Award to highlight its commitment to training and development within the industry.

Alison Gilbert, Group Human Resources Director for CH&Co Group, explains: ‘Helping and inspiring people to build successful careers in catering and hospitality is hugely important to CH&Co Group. We are committed to the education and development of all our employees, and to attracting and retaining new talent into this fantastic sector.’

With over 25 years’ experience, Fresh Food Company supplies fresh and ambient products – most notably the highest quality fruit and vegetables – to hotels, restaurants, caterers, colleges, shops, offices and hospitals throughout Scotland.

A dedicated preparation facility within their purpose built state-of-the-art premises allows the team to both machine- and hand-cut ingredients to exact specifications for ultimate consistency. Meanwhile, the in-house production kitchen specialises in parfaits, terrines, stuffed poultry and an ever-increasing range of products for the catering sector.

Fresh Food Company: We source the best ingredients to make your business successful.

The natural leader in green grading, Green Tourism’s mission is to encourage and enable people to make sustainable choices that reduce their impact on the planet. Recognised as the world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind and aiming to be the most trusted international eco-tourism brand, the organisation has attracted more than 2,000 members across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Canada and Zimbabwe.

Widely considered one of the most rigorous certification programmes of its kind – and the only one independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board – Green Tourism encourages businesses to protect the environment, respect local cultures, support communities, conserve natural resources and minimise pollution.

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Working alongside the Scottish Government’s Take Life On campaign, the healthyliving award rewards caterers who support healthier eating by making it easier for their customers to eat healthily.‘By sponsoring this year’s Healthier Scotland Award we are able to further support caterers of all shapes and sizes to make positive changes and to reward excellence in the provision of healthier food choices,’ says Anne Lee, project manager of the healthyliving award.

Kraft Heinz is demonstrating its commitment to innovation and quality by sponsoring the Pub Excellence category at the CIS Excellence Awards 2018. As a global food manufacturer of a world-famous portfolio of products, including Heinz Tomato Ketchup, HP Brown Sauce and Heinz Beanz, KraftHeinz is synonymous with quality, convenience and great taste, and is firmly established as the market-leader in more than 50 countries, with many brands holding the No.1 and No. 2 positions. KraftHeinz recognises that pubs, which sit in the top two out-of-home dining destinations, are particularly under pressure to stay ahead of the game and must innovate menus wherever possible to command a share of an overall market worth £52bn. Cheryl Grundy, National Account Executive at KraftHeinz, says: ‘In an era where pub chefs face a mountain of challenges, we are delighted to be involved in recognising their continued efforts, outstanding creativity and dedication to their industry. ‘We look forward to crowning the victor at the awards ceremony on 31st May.’

Representing the driving force of safe dining, Kafoodle Kitchen is an innovative, easy-to-use software system that supports chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs in the management of their menus and allergen compliance. By notifying team members of the presence of allergens within their recipes and managing the nutritional data and costings of each ingredient, Kafoodle pulls the information together within the company’s recipe bank. Meanwhile, a new mobile app communicates menus, allergens and nutrition information directly to customers, allowing the user to filter through menus with their specific dietary requirements and take control of their chosen dish. Together, Kafoodle Kitchen and the Kafoodle App combine to make eating out as safe as eating in, delivering peace of mind and a valuable resource to help diners make informed choices. Director Kim Antoniou says: ‘With the attributes of excellence, innovation and growth being valued throughout each of the categories, we can personally identify with the CIS Awards, as these are virtues that we as a company set for ourselves.’

Supplying premium cooking oils to commercial kitchens and providing resource-recovery services – including the collection of used cooking oil and food waste – Olleco then converts this waste into renewable energy. As a national operator with a proud local service, the company benefits from both its own biodiesel and anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in addition to partnerships with local AD outlets throughout the UK. And the results underline its relevance for the foodservice sector: Biodiesel offers greenhouse gas emission savings of over 90% and diverts thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfill every year. As the catalyst for change in the entire waste industry, Olleco ensures that operators need not waste anything any more.

Olleco: Supply. Collect. Convert.

With a specialist, 80-strong team of relationship managers focusing on the commercial bank’s leisure customers, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s leisure sector has shown great resilience in recent times and continues to succeed as a crucial contributor to the UK economy. With that in mind, this national team of specialists has undertaken professional training to deepen their understanding of the leisure market, in order to better serve their customers.

We are 427,000 people touching the lives of 100 million consumers on a daily basis. From dietitians, healthcare workers and receptionists to electricians, senior care providers and cooks, we seek to make every day a better day. Working in more than 100 professions, we share a passion for serving others. We offer our clients services that make life better for their employees and consumers; our teams make comfortable and friendly the places where people work; our chefs add flavour at mealtimes; our specialists keep hospital rooms spotless to help patients heal; our solutions make it easier to manage business expenses. We work to improve quality of life, helping people to be more satisfied and productive. By contributing to individual wellbeing, we help clients enhance the performance of their organisations.

Proudly serving professional chefs since 1994, Tidla Foodservice brings ‘Genuine Goodness’ to dishes through its range of premium quality rice, and makes it easy for chefs to achieve perfect results every time. From the finest Basmati to speciality rice varieties including Arborio and Jasmine, the Tilda helps to create recipes that are versatile, healthy and will inspire the imagination. Offering a complete range of high quality, great-tasting rice in ambient and frozen formats, Tilda Foodservice provides a must-have ingredient for any professional kitchen.