Amy Hartnett has had quite a year so far in 2015. She was not only nominated for CEDA’s Rising Star award, she ended up as the runner-up in the category.

Joining Preston-based distributor CHR Equipment in November 2012 as a service co-ordinator, she impressed those at the company so much, demonstrating excellent organisational and problem-solving skills, that she has gone on to be promoted to project co-ordinator. She now looks after the internal delivery of the installations that CHR is contracted to provide to its ever-growing customer base.

CHR offers a great family-run environment for Amy, with Ron Neville as the managing director, his wife Anne as the finance director and son Paul heading up the sales department. The distributor is enjoying strong sales at the moment, with the first quarter orderbook for this year representing 80% of its target for the whole of 2015.

Amy has been an integral part of the hotel, restaurant and contract catering projects that CHR has taken on. That success looks set to continue as the distributor has just won a contract to design and install a locally-sourced ‘eco kitchen’ at Swinton Park Country Club and Spa at Masham in North Yorkshire — part of a giant £5.5m renovation at the property.

CHR achieved ISO 18001/14001 accreditation last year, while reaching level 2 BIM compliance in April. The firm’s design technician, Alex Sweetlove, undertook training as part of this — and he was yet another nominee for CHR in the CEDA Rising Star award category. His emergence, along with Amy’s, continues to justify CHR’s faith in young talent.

“Amy has been an integral part of the hotel, restaurant and contract catering projects that CHR has taken on”

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