John Forteith made CIS ‘Employee of the Year’ as Head of Business Development at Bidvest Foodservice Scotland

At the Catering Scotland Excellence Awards, last night, 26th May 2016., local businessman John Forteith from Oban was made ‘Employee of the Year’ as Head of Business Development at Bidvest Foodservice Scotland.

Bidvest is a foodservice provider serving hospitality customers throughout Scotland.

The CIS Excellence Awards combine Scotland’s catering, hospitality and tourism industries; and are seen as the ultimate accolade for hotels, restaurants, gastro pubs and individuals working in the sector in Scotland.

The award for Employee of the Year identifies the individual who most deserves recognition for, amongst other criteria, their efforts and contribution to both their role and employer through dedication, loyalty and unique innovation.

With a career in foodservice spanning over 30 years and roles ranging from caterer to manufacturer to business owner, John’s wealth of knowledge of the Scottish food industry was acknowledged in this well-earned award.

John’s family firm, Forteith Foodservice, based in Oban, became part of the Bidvest Foodservice Scotland’s portfolio in 2012. Since then, John’s infectious passion for the Scottish food industry has helped enable Bidvest Foodservice Scotland to increase its brand presence in Scotland; demonstrating the company runs a sustainable local operation to serve valued local customers.

Thanks to John, Bidvest Foodservice Scotland is now sourcing 600 Scottish produced products from 100 Scottish suppliers.

In his current role, John has made headway with the way Bidvest Foodservice Scotland collaborates with local Scottish suppliers, customers and influential stakeholders across the industry, hosting events supported by local Ministers and going above and beyond to raise the profile of the Scottish Larder.

Jon Mack, General Manager for Bidvest Foodservice Scotland said: ‘John has worked hard on our local credentials, working with local people, for local people not only to help local businesses grow but also to do his bit for the communities that we operate from.

‘John has also taken on huge challenges to raise money for local charities and has built so many important local relationships. He is a credit to our business and to the local area.’

Next month John Forteith will join six others whom he has rallied together to kayak the 50 mile perimeter of Loch Ness in one day, to raise money for the MS Therapy Centre in Oban. The challenge is expected to take 16 hours – and that’s if the weather is kind to them. The group will have their own immediate needs for foodservices during this gruelling and gutsy marathon – which may be in spectacular scenery but will tax them the point tha they may not notice much of it.

We wish them well – and their cause is an important one.

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