Tom Bartley-Smith and Ian Bryant, Sprint Group and Andrew Seymour, FEJ

Sprint Group has been named Multi-Site Kitchen Project House of the Year at the Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards 2018.

Managing director Tom Bartley-Smith and sales director Ian Bryant were presented with the prestigious prize by FEJ editor Andrew Seymour at the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

On receiving the award, Mr Bartley-Smith said: “Our founder David Ryan passed away 12 months ago, so this award is testament to both him and our team’s ability to take the company forward.”

The citation read: “Standalone items of equipment need to be knitted together with the perfect design to deliver a winning kitchen and that’s the job of a professional kitchen house or distributor. This accolade applies to those companies that are working with multi-site users to deliver full kitchen projects encompassing everything from design and specification to installation and commissioning.

“A period of unprecedented growth saw Sprint Group crowned one of the fastest-expanding mid-sized businesses in Worcestershire following a string of prestigious catering schemes during the past 12 months.

“The company has grown its sales and service teams in order to provide enhanced project design, equipment specification and maintenance support to the growing numbers of customers it serves around the UK.

“Projects carried out for Caprice Holdings have been among some of the most technically challenging it has ever completed, while its work with high street chains such as Tortilla demonstrates its ability to efficiently manage roll-outs across multiple sites to deadline.”

There were 12 award categories overall, with five honouring the innovation, investment and expertise illustrated by equipment suppliers and seven paying tribute to the skill, hard work and judgement that operators need to demonstrate to create successful kitchen and foodservice environments.