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.’ www.baxterstorey.com

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.’ www.braeheadfoods.co.uk

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. www.brucestevenson.co.uk

With more hospitality jobs than all other recruitment sites combined, and over 35,000 visits per month from Scottish jobseekers, Caterer.com 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, Caterer.com is recognised by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) as a partner and exclusive patron supplier.‘Through our dedicated Scottish office, Caterer.com 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 Caterer.com. www.caterer.com

Creating uplifting catering and hospitality experiences across all life stages and locations, CH&Co believes that food has the power to make people feel good across all sectors in which they operate, including event catering, workplace cafés, corporate fine dining and visitor attractions, education and healthcare, among others.

Group human resources director and new CIS Excellence Awards Board member, Alison Gilbert, explains: ‘People are at the heart of what we do. From the chefs and on-site teams serving our customers to our people working in our offices supporting our operations and clients, they’re our greatest asset. Our focus remains firmly on attracting talent to this exciting sector and empowering them to get the most out of their roles and fulfil their ambitions.’

‘As a Royal Warrant holder for catering services, we’re proud to sponsor the CIS Excellence Hospitality Educator Award. With over 6,000 people working across more than 750 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, inspiring and developing, people development is in our culture and is crucial to our ongoing success.’


Scotland’s flagship college for technical and professional education and training, CoGC is a twin-site super college designed for up to 40,000 students. Top in the UK for WorldSkills it has transformed the delivery of education in terms of its physical estate, performance levels and reach.

A strong working relationship with industry benefits students, business and sector partners, with up to 8,000 graduates leaving each year ready for the world of work. Multi-award- winning, and widely regarded as a beacon of both excellence and innovation, City of Glasgow College has redefined a new era of college education in Scotland.


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. www.green-tourism.com

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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. www.healthylivingaward.co.uk

A family-run business, Keenan Recycling has grown to become Scotland’s largest commercial food-waste collection operator. Founded in 2001 by Grant and Claire Keenan and operating from the Highlands to North Yorkshire, the company employs around 100 people and lifts over 60,000 wheelie bins each month from cafes, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and industrial factories. The collected food waste is then taken to anaerobic digesters all over Scotland where it’s turned into electricity.

With a fleet of state-of-the-art vehicles providing customers with real-time information on the weights of their bins, Keenan Recycling offers a first-class, friendly and professional service. www.keenanrecycling.co.uk

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.’  www.heinzfoodservice.co.uk

With clients including individual and multi-site pubs, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, educational institutions and healthcare organisations, Pelican is the market-leading procurement and supply chain specialist.

Established for 30 years, the company provides a CIPS-qualified team of procurement specialists with an in-depth knowledge of the food-and-drink industry to ensure that clients receive the agreed prices, quality and service levels from suppliers for the duration of any contract. www.pelicanprocurement.co.uk

Whether you’re fed up of digital feeling like a dark art, wondering what exactly your agency is doing for you or just don’t have time to manage your agency, POSH Communication is an award-winning agency that designs leading, creative websites that really convert.

Prioritising open, transparent, long-term relationships, POSH keep you in control with the information and guidance you need, while doing all the legwork for you. Keep your brand in the lead. Whether it’s through SEO, PPC, content marketing, email or social media, POSH deliver the ultimate digital solutions, working seamlessly with your team. Their bespoke packages are designed around your business needs, team structure and tight budgets. To listen to some of their success stories, hear from their customers or to find out more, text 077 3656 1636, chat online at www.POSHCommunication.com or call 0141 342 4355.  www.poshcommunication.com

Scotland’s cold, clean waters have been home to a rich and diverse range of seafood for generations. From delicious farmed salmon to succulent whitefish, glistening shoals of mackerel, sweet-flavoured shellfish and the world’s largest supply of langoustine, seafood from Scotland is exceptional and exclusive, bursting with possibilities and exciting flavours.

Seafood from Scotland is the national brand representing all of the Scottish Seafood industry, delivered by the Scottish trade marketing body Seafood Scotland. www.seafoodfromscotland.org

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. uk.sodexo.com

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.

Acting for all types and sizes of hospitality and catering operators, from restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars, to sports stadia, visitor attractions, clubs and festivals, TLT provides legal advice to a range of clients across the sector. Their multi-disciplinary teams support clients across the full range of legal issues, and their experience and influence means the the firm is uniquely positioned to assist and advise. www.TLTsolicitors.com