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Experienced industry professional joins Sprint

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Sprint Group is continuing its expansion with the appointment of an experienced industry professional.

New sales manager (south) Ian Bryant has two decades’ experience of the sector with The Carford Group and Brakes Catering Equipment.

“My role is to identify new opportunities across the south of England, particularly in the hotel and leisure, education and care home sectors,” said Ian, who is based in Dorset.

“I began my career at Carford knocking on doors before working my way through the ranks so I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and enthusiasm to Sprint Group.”

Managing director Tom Bartley-Smith added: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian, whose vast experience will further strengthen our team.”

Brasserie Blanc and Albert’s Schloss lift awards

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Sprint Group clients Brasserie Blanc and Albert’s Schloss were among the winners at yesterday’s Retailers’ Retailer Awards 2017.

Held at the Guildhall in London, the awards recognise the best companies, concepts and individuals in the pub, late-night bar and restaurant market. Now in their 18th year, the awards are the only ones voted for by the industry’s senior executives.

Brasserie Blanc lifted the Evolution award while Albert’s Schloss was named Best Venue.

Sprint Group installed the kitchen equipment and bar fridges at Albert’s Schloss, a Bohemian pleasure palace in Peter Street, Manchester. The kitchen has its own in-house bakery creating pretzels, cinnamon buns, sourdough loaves and waffles.

Albert’s Schloss was also among the best bar category nominees in the Manchester Evening News CityLife Awards earlier this year.

Read more about Sprint Group’s work with Brasserie Blanc here.

Young Stags take the field in style

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Sprint Group is proud of its ongoing support for young people and we’ve recently added a new activity to our corporate social responsibility portfolio.

Alongside Worcestershire-based motocross rider Casey Buckley, we are now supporting Rossendale Valley Stags FC Under Eights.

Sprint supplied shirts, shorts and socks for the team, which is enjoying its first season in the East Lancashire Football Alliance Junior Football League.

Among the Stags line-up is Ozzy McGowan, the son of Sprint catering engineer Adrian McGowan, who covers the North West region.

We would like to wish the team success for the remainder of the season and beyond.

Good luck to Sheep and Albert’s Schloss

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Everyone at Sprint Group HQ is keeping their fingers crossed for clients Sheep on Sheep Street and Albert’s Schloss, who have been nominated for prestigious industry awards.

Located in the Cotswolds town of Stow-on-the-Wold, Sheep on Sheep Street (pictured above) is a finalist in the Best New Pub award category in The Publican Awards 2017, run by The Morning Advertiser. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in March.

General manager at Sheep on Sheep Street, Anna Asimakoploulou, said “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for two Publican Awards. The Sheep is really different to most other pubs in the area; our design is contemporary and quirky and our food, including our wood-fired pizzas, more suited to the casual dining which customers are looking for.”

Also in the running for a top award is hip Manchester venue Albert’s Schloss, shortlisted in the Best Bar category in the Manchester Evening News CityLife Awards.

Sprint installed the kitchen equipment and bar fridges at the palatial Bohemian pleasure palace in Peter Street.

The kitchen has its own in-house bakery creating pretzels, cinnamon buns, sourdough loaves and waffles. Capable of handling more than 1,000 covers a day, the kitchen also boasts specialist cooking kit such as a 215-litre stock pot to create the basis for reduction sauces for many of the Germanic dishes being served.

Voting for the CityLife Awards closes on January 26 and the awards will be presented on January 30.

Casey leads the way

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Kidderminster motorcross rider Casey Buckley, who is sponsored by Sprint Group, continues to go great guns in the Wilden MX Club winter championship.

In his latest weekend of racing, Casey finished third overall. However, as the top three riders didn’t compete, Casey is now the championship leader.

Many thanks to Casey’s mum Lorraine and his fiancee Kirstie Rollason for keeping us updated on his progress and supplying the action photos.

Read all about us in our new brochures

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If you’d like more information about Sprint Group’s services and our extensive range of high quality catering and refrigeration equipment, please check out our new brochures.

Simply click on the links below to view:

To discuss your project, call Sprint Group HQ on 01386 555922 or email sales@sprint-group.co.uk

Flight Club aims for award bullseye

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Congratulations to Sprint Group client Flight Club, who have been shortlisted in this year’s prized London Venue Awards.

The Shoreditch-based venue is among six contenders in the best new or refurbished venue in the category. The winner will be announced at the Emirates Stadium on October 14.

The London Venue Awards were launched last year to recognise and reward excellence. The diversity of venues in the running ranges from boats to ballrooms, restaurants to rooftops and museums to marquees.

As Bullseye host Jim Bowen would say: “Great, smashing, super.”

Our Becky is Power List unsung hero

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It’s celebration time at Sprint Group as our finance department manager Becky Webley is one of ten Unsung Heroes in Catering Insight magazine’s Power List 2016.

Becky follows in the footsteps of operations director Ross Ryan, who was recognised as a Young Trailblazer in 2015.

There are very few roles Becky hasn’t fulfilled during her 12 years at Sprint Group and she has played a key role in our success.

Becky’s Sprint story began in October 2004 when she joined a team of five. Over the last decade, she has seen the company expand rapidly as we now employ more than 50 people.

Now managing the finance department at our Pershore HQ and with a great team supporting her, Becky has worked in every department.

The many hats she has worn during her long and varied Sprint Group career include: Sales, purchasing, HR, service, IT, fleet management, logistics, health and safety, PA to company founder and managing director David Ryan, stock control – and not forgetting cleaner and caterer.

As we have continued to grow and attract new business over the past 12 months, Becky’s skills have been increasingly in demand as she has a thorough understanding of the company’s internal operations – the phrase “Ask Becky” can be heard many times around the office on a daily basis!

The full Catering Insight Power List 2016 can be viewed here.

Becky is profiled on Page 59.

Albert’s Schloss and Flight Club target awards

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Congratulations to Sprint Group clients Albert’s Schloss and Flight Club, who have both been shortlisted for prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards for 2015-16.

Located in hip Manchester, Bohemian pleasure palace Albert’s Schloss is among seven contenders in the restaurant and bar in a heritage building category.

Shoreditch-based social darts venue Flight Club, one of the capital’s most talked about bars, has four rivals in the London bar category.

All category winners will be announced at the London awards event at the Old Truman Brewery, on September 29.

Award success at the double for Sprint

Sprint Group has been named Precision Refrigeration’s UK Dealer of the Year Award for the second year running.

Company founder and managing director David Ryan was presented with the trophy by his Precision counterpart Nick Williams.

Mr Williams said: ” The guys at Sprint fully deserve this accolade. They deliver first rate support to us and their customers.”