Confex celebrates group, member and supplier achievements

The Confex Trade Show and Awards Dinner 2024, held earlier this month at Cirencester De Vere Hotel, attracted nearly 350 attendees.

There were 85 supplier stands spanning categories across retail, foodservice and non food and featuring NPD and exclusive on-the-day deals. Confex’s new Savings Club powered by Jisp was also launched at the event.

Tom Gittins: ‘Confex represents an impressive 10% of UK wholesale.’

The trading day was followed by a bigger than ever awards dinner, which celebrated the successes of the group’s members and supplier partners through the 2023 trading year.

Opening the evening’s proceedings, CEO Tom Gittins gave the audience an overview of the group’s achievements over the past 12 months. Now with a turnover of £3.1 billion and 242 wholesaler member depots, the group represents 10% of the UK wholesale industry.

He also laid out Confex’s growth strategy, which includes four pillars:

1. CORE – working with Arete for own-brand growth through ranging

2. Insight – working with TWC using data to pinpoint opportunities

3. Accelerate – working with Cerve to drive efficiencies

4. Savings Club – working with Jisp to digitalise retail execution, described as a wholesale industry first


Confex’s chief operating officer Jess Douglas then presented the annual awards:

Member awards:

The winning team from Millennium Group accept the Retail Member award from Confex chairman Martin Williams (left), COO Jess Douglas, and CEO Tom Gittins (right).

CORE Member of The Year: Waterside Foodservice

Social Media Member of The Year: Wow Box

Head Office Engagement Member of the Year: Woods Foodservice

Foodservice Member of The Year: Holland Bazaar

Retail Member of the Year: Millennium Group

New Member of the Year: Adams Foodservice

Green Wholesaler Award: Adams Foodservice

Supplier awards:

Service Supplier of the Year: CERVE

Digital Supplier of the Year: Nestlé Professional – Martin Robinson

Non-Food Supplier of the Year: Wrapex – Matt Wright

Foodservice Supplier of the Year: RH Amar – Karen Williams

Retail Supplier of the Year: Britvic – Gavin Simpson

Own Brand Supplier of the Year: Caterers Choice – Sarah Booth


Woods Foodservice’s deputy managing director and Confex board member Lana Bhika commented: “As ever, the Confex Trade Show and Awards was a huge success this year. A brilliant turnout of suppliers and members made the buying event extremely beneficial to business, with unmissable offers on the day. The Awards Dinner was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a great opportunity to connect and build relationships throughout the member base. Another Confex worthwhile event.”


Published Date: March 28, 2024
Category: Wholesale Industry News