County life at heart of fam­ily firm’s suc­cess

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

ACATERING equip­ment man­u­fac­turer has been short­listed as a fi­nal­ist in the Peo­ple’s Choice Awards 2019 – and is call­ing on its home county to cast their votes in a bid to scoop the cov­eted ac­co­lade.

Fol­low­ing its short­list­ing in the Fam­ily Busi­ness of the Year Awards last month, Tar­get Cater­ing Equip­ment has au­to­mat­i­cally been short­listed in Fam­ily Busi­ness United’s Peo­ple’s Choice Awards.

The only rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Glouces­ter­shire in both awards, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion fam­ily-run busi­ness, which has been pro­duc­ing qual­ity, be­spoke cater­ing equip­ment to the food­ser­vice in­dus­try for more than 30 years, is urg­ing vot­ers to help put the county on the map, with the ma­jor­ity of the other 13 short­listed fi­nal­ists in the South and South West cat­e­gory from Corn­wall, Devon, Som­er­set and Dorset.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Pe­drette said: “We’re very humbled to be based in Glouces­ter­shire and be the sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the county in th­ese pres­ti­gious awards.”

The firm, which was founded in 1988 by David and his wife El­iz­a­beth, the fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor, now has daugh­ters Char­lotte and Ni­cola work­ing as gen­eral man­ager and mar­ket­ing man­ager re­spec­tively.

Tar­get is 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 pur­chas­ing of equip­ment.

Tar­get also de­signs com­plete com­mer­cial kitchens in­clud­ing kitchen ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, in ad­di­tion to as­sist­ing cus­tomers with over­com­ing dif­fi­cult ven­ti­la­tion and equip­ment is­sues - which have caused con­trac­tual prob­lems and re­quire com­pli­ance with strict plan­ning and DEFRA guide­lines.

Mr Pe­drette added: “We owe a great deal to our home county; it has been our home for more than 30 years and its ci­ti­zens have sup­ported us ev­ery step of the way as we’ve grown from a one-man band to a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness – who all call Glouces­ter­shire home.

“We’d love to win the award, not just for our­selves, but for ev­ery fam­ily busi­ness in Glouces­ter­shire.

“It’s a great county to work in and we wouldn’t want to be based any­where else.”

The Peo­ple’s Choice Awards are or­gan­ised by Fam­ily Busi­ness United, the award-win­ning 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.

To vote visit fam­ily busi­ness united. com/ re­sources/ fam­ily-busi­ness-of the-year-re­gions/south-west- thames val­ley-and-south- wales.

Tar­get Cater­ing Equip­ment has been short­listed in Fam­ily Busi­ness United’s Peo­ple’s Choice Awards 2019.

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