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From Jane Wills

Due to the success of the previous occasion when suppliers were allocated 10-minute slots to give a presentation in an innovative and fun way, the Branch decided it was time to hold the event again. The presentations were based on the suppliers’ business and the brief was to make the presentations interesting and informative: death by powerpoint was not an option!

On this occasion there were five presentations from:

  • Richard Barwick and Dave Grundy from Hobart
  • Stefan Wilcox from Fosters Refrigeration
  • Paul Howard from Nebrak
  • Carrie Howes and colleague from Bidvest, and
  • Paul Kavanagh and Deborah Bland from Diversey.

Strict rules applied to the timings of the presentations and four of the Branch Officers acted as judges. All four judges were of the opinion that the decision to have just one winner was very difficult indeed because all were excellent. They felt that Richard Barwick and Dave Grundy had really good engagement with the audience and their chocolate bribes went down extremely well; Stefan Wilcox imparted good product detail and had a winning smile; Paul Howard had good product detail and the flying pigs were impressive; Carrie Howes and her colleague gave a topical presentation about the reduction in sugar initiatives, and it was great to have the opportunity to try some alternative products; and, finally, Paul Kavanagh and Deborah Bland gave what can only be described as a different presentation – it was certainly fun and, at the same time, informative with good product detail. All deserved a prize but there could only be one winner and that was Paul Howard from Nebrak with his flying pigs (pictured).

The Branch would like to thank all of the suppliers who took part in this event; it was interesting, informative and enjoyed by all.

At the meeting, the Branch were informed that it was ‘curtains’ for David Keighley as his career draws to a close. David is retiring shortly and so the Branch took the opportunity to thank him for his excellent contribution, enthusiasm and support and wished him a very happy retirement. He will be missed.

The Branch also wished Mark Hayman a very happy retirement from his current NHS role but is delighted that his HCA role will be continuing.