Rick Bestwick factory manager in running for national award


A Chesterfield factory manager could be named the best in the country having been shortlisted for a top industry award.

Adam March who works at the Chesterfield-based temperature controlled food storage company and FSDF member Rick Bestwick, is one of five finalists in the Factory Manager of the Year category of the frozen food industry’s People Awards.

Organised by industry body, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), the awards celebrate the best talent the frozen food industry has to offer.

Adam has been shortlisted in recognition of his work to install and commission new microwave technology at the Rick Bestwick facility on Park Road, Holmewood Industrial Park. The new technology is part of a £1.2million investment at the site, which has created Europe’s largest up-tempering facility.

“It’s quite an honour to be shortlisted for this award,” said Adam, “The project was complex and demanding but we managed to complete it with minimum disruption.”

Adam will be one of over 40 high flyers from the frozen food industry in contention for 10 awards which will be presented at a glittering event on the evening of 22 February 2018, at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole. Finalists will be invited to an exclusive reception before the awards dinner, where they will be able to celebrate their achievements amongst their peers.

Colin Taylor, chief executive, of Rick Bestwick’s parent company, Magnavale said: “Adam is a cool customer who always keeps his head and has a no nonsense approach to problem solving. This recognition is richly deserved.”

John Hyman, chief executive of BFFF says: “These awards were launched to celebrate the unsung heroes that continuously drive the frozen food industry to be the dynamic and developing sector that it is. We know the level of talent that is out there, but the standard of entries we received was exceptional and it was really encouraging to see how many industry leaders put forward members of their teams that they believe are deserving of recognition.