Henderson Foodservice won the Employer of the Year trophy in the Grocer Gold Awards organised by UK trade magazine The Grocer.

The winners were revealed at a gala ceremony in London’s historic Guildhall on June 12, hosted by actor and impressionist Rory Bremner and Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer.

Henderson Foodservice was one of 26 winners and in what was a record year for entry numbers, judges praised the company for their ‘clear values and an innovative health and wellbeing plan that’s delivering tangible benefits.’

Damien Barrett, Henderson Foodservice Managing Director, said the team were incredibly proud to receive this prestigious award and paid tribute to staff for their contribution and support.

“The annual Grocer Gold awards are renowned and highly respected within the industry and it’s a tribute to our progressive approach, ongoing investment and successful employment growth within a competitive market sector.

“We’re honoured to win the Employer of the Year gong and to be the only Northern Ireland company to collect an award – it really is a credit to all the team. Our new employee programme has dramatically cut staff turnover and has significantly improved sales growth.

“We continue to push forward with a positive and proactive staff strategy helping to motivate and train our people whilst at the same time enhancing company performance and reputation. We also secured the Investors in People Gold Standard and are immensely proud of that achievement also.

“It was an incredible evening and we were proud to be recognised in front of over 400 top industry leaders celebrating the highlights of another extraordinary year for the UK and Ireland’s diverse and fast changing grocery sector.”

The Mallusk based food supplier was also a finalist in the Wholesaler of the Year category.

Top winners in the 2018 Grocer Gold Awards included Aldi who collected the Grocer of the Year award for the fourth time in six years and Tesco who picked up ‘Favourite Supermarket’ – the only award voted for by consumers. Also amongst the key winners were Asda, who received the Price Award for the 21st consecutive year, while Sainsbury’s picked up both the Service and Availability awards for the sixth consecutive year.

The Grocer Gold awards were established 14 years ago to celebrate and recognise the very best standards in the grocery wholesale and retail sectors and provide a platform for recognition for all companies from large multiple suppliers to independent retailers.

The categories focus on key business areas such as innovation and customer satisfaction with awards finalists and winners decided by a prestigious panel of 26 independent judges as well as exclusively commissioned research from The Grocer magazine and its partners.