Family-run catering equipment manufacturer shortlisted for prestigious award

A Gloucester-based catering equipment manufacturer has started the new year with a bang after being shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Family Business of the Year Awards 2019.

Target Catering Equipment has been shortlisted in the ‘South and South West’ category of the acclaimed awards and will now come up against 13 of the region’s elite family-run businesses for the coveted accolade.

The firm, which was founded in 1988 by David and Elizabeth Pedrette, has been producing quality, bespoke catering equipment to the foodservice industry for over 30 years.

The business is currently run by two generations of the family, with David as Managing Director and Elizabeth as Financial Director, and their daughters Charlotte and Nicola as General Manager and Marketing Manager.

David said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Family Business of the Year Awards 2019. We’re celebrating turning 31 this year, so it’s a great way to start 2019!

“We’ve reached several key milestones over our long and proud history in Gloucester and consider the city and county a pivotal part of our journey. In fact, we’re the only family-run business to be representing Gloucestershire in these awards, which is an absolute honour.”

Target is widely known for its commercial induction ranges, which have been recognised as highly sustainable products by industry body CESA/FCSI and the Carbon Trust. Because of this, Target has helped to deliver thousands of pounds worth of Carbon Trust grant funding to its clients, which has assisted them in the purchase of equipment.

Target also designs complete commercial kitchens, including kitchen ventilation systems and has assisted customers with overcoming difficult ventilation and equipment issues that have caused contractual problems and require compliance with strict planning and DEFRA guidelines.

David added, “Having started out as Pedrette Engineering in the late 80s following a career as a merchant navy engineering officer, it’s been quite the roller-coaster journey, and has been made that extra bit special by having my family by my side throughout.

“I’d also like to thank all of our loyal and new customers who have supported us over 31 incredible years. From the high street restaurants to the aircraft carriers we’ve installed our equipment in, it’s because of you we’re able to enter these incredible awards.”

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by Family Business United, the magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector.

Now in their seventh year, the awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy. Previous winners of the South and South West category include Thatchers Cider, Westons Cider, Brend Hotels and Hoburne Holiday Parks.

An elite judging panel will pick the overall winners which will be announced at a awards ceremony at The May Fair Hotel, London, on Thursday, 6 June.

As part of the shortlisting, Target Catering Equipment has automatically been enrolled in The People’s Choice Awards 2019, which is based on votes. More information on how to vote will be revealed in due course.

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