Specialist pet wholesaler Bestpets scooped two awards in its parent group’s performance awards, the annual showcase where the Bestway Wholesale celebrates and rewards outstanding achievements seen across all its divisions in the company’s last financial year.
More than 500 emoloyees and supply partners attended the ceremony at The Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, in London.
Bestpets – with its Free Wild Bird Watching Starter Kit – took pride of place, winning the Best Community Award initiative for 2018. Working with retailers across the country, consumers were asked to nominate local primary schools to receive a starter kit in early 2018, which included a nest-box, a variety of feeders and a ‘feast’ of bird food to help common garden birds survive the winter.
The kits were developed with support and products from partner supplier SUPA. Chris Goodlad, managing director of Supa, said “Supa are delighted to have been involved with this great community initiative. We believe that encouraging children to interact with nature from a young age is important for the future of conservation.”
Karen Hubbard, marketing manager (specialist pet) said: “This initiative really was a team effort including the Bestpets Head Office, the sales team and the depots. It shows how we all work together and how we embrace the Bestway values.”
Next on stage was Cheryll Flanagan, winning pet salesperson of the year after a ‘tremendous’ performance across 2018, bringing on board many new customers for the Manchester, Preston and Liverpool depots.
Cheryll said: “It is so lovely to feel appreciated and I want to stress this is also a massive team effort. I would like to say a huge thank you to our Manchester Bestpets Telesales team, Jayne, Nicky and Abbie. Thank you girls – I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Mike Bailey, head of Bestpets said: “It’s been a great night for Bestpets in the recognition we have received for our work across 2018 both for Free Wild Bird Watching Starter Kit initiative, and for the extraordinary commitment that our sales team have given the business over the past year, including all our shortlisted colleagues and Cheryll, whose work ethics are truly outstanding.
“We continually look for innovation in how we work with our pet customers to help drive loyalty, growth and value in their businesses.”