Revealed! This year’s FWD Gold Medal finalists

With just under a month to go to the presentation of this year’s FWD Gold Medals, the Federation has revealed the shortlisted finalists for the awards.

An FWD spokesman said: “Our panel of judges had a tough time choosing the top three entries in each category, some of which saw record numbers of submissions. They stated that the standard of entries to these awards gets higher each year, demonstrating not only the value that FWD member wholesalers place on this recognition of their finest staff, but also the depth of skilled, enthusiastic and ambitious talent in the industry.”

The awards presentation and dinner take place at the HAC Royal Artillery Gardens in London on November 27. The evening includes the pressentation of medals for suppliers, and the Pritchitt’s Telesales Achiever Awards. If you haven’t already booked your place, contact

The finallists are as follows:

Delivered Wholesale Driver
Rafal Blangiewicz, JJ Food Service
Damian Dinsmore, Booker Blackpool
Martin Hancox, Blakemore Food Service

Customer support
Des Brown, Thames Cash and Carry
Claire Buckel, Dee Bee
Sharon Moore, Blakemore Wholesale, Wolverhampton

C amp;C Depot Team
Batleys Bellevue, Edinburgh
Bestway Team Valley
Blakemore Wholesale, Walsall

Depot Team Member
Clive Coward, Booker Eastleigh
Rick Johal, Crown Cash and Carry
Graham Kennell, Booker Ipswich

Wholesaler Service to Retail
Bestway Wholesale
Lifestyle Express

Wholesaler Service to Foodservice
Creed Food Service
JJ Food Service
Wanis International Foods

C amp;C Manager
Fida Hussain, Bestway Brighton
Atif Rashid, Alfa Wholesale
Jan Semple, Costco  Wholesale, Gateshead

Delivered Depot Manager
Steve Ainger, First Choice
Simon Hannah, JW Filshill
Andrew and Steven Wilds, Wilds Premier Drinks

Young Wholesaler
Simon Carter, Booker
Marcus Singh, Hyperama
Sanjay Thakrar, HT amp; Co Drinks

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