Two Winning Businesses from Shrewsbury

Two Shropshire businesses were among those honoured for services to a national buying consortium at an annual awards ceremony.

Shrewsbury-based Caradoc Medical Services, which has thousands of members and suppliers across the UK, held its 5th annual Supplier Of The Year Conference and Awards on Thursday 10th April 2014.

Ask Mobile Phones, based in Hereford Road, Shrewsbury, won the special prize of the day for Special Service and Support to Caradoc Medical Services, five years after it became one of the not-for-profit organisation’s first ever suppliers.

Keith Smith, the company’s owner, said he had been “genuinely moved” to have been announced the winner.

“It was a brilliant day and to find out we had won the special award of the day was just fantastic and a real honour,” he said.

“It’s been a great partnership between us for more than five years and I look forward to many more years of working together to help bring savings to Caradoc’s tens of thousands of members across the UK.”

The Support To Caradoc award went to Creative Digital from Oxon Business Park in Shrewsbury and was accepted on behalf of the company by sales executive Chris Jarrett.

“We were completely surprised to win as the category had some stiff competition,” he said.

“Creative Digital has been one of Caradoc’s suppliers pretty much since the beginning and we do get some really good business as a result.”

Welsh company Williams Medical Supplies Ltd, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to Primary Care Services, was presented with the Best Service Award, something Tracey Thomas, business development manager, said had made them extremely proud.

“We didn’t even know we had been nominated so to then win the award for our service, which is something we have always prided ourselves on, was just fantastic,” she said.

“The people at Caradoc Medical Services are so easy to work with and we have built up a really good relationship in the five years we have been a supplier.”

Other winners included Practice Supplies, which won the Savings For GP Practices award, Health Data Intelligence, which received the Innovation and Technology award and Kent Pharmaceuticals, which won the Savings for Out Of Hours Services award.

Julian Barnes, director and co-owner of printing equipment and consumables firm Practice Supplies, said they felt privileged to have received their award.

“With all the changes taking place in the NHS, we’re proud that we have been able to help so many medical practices make savings and helping their money go further,” he said.

“Being a part of Caradoc and knowing that it is a not-for-profit organisation means we know that we can deliver the best value for its members.”

The awards, held at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, was followed by a trade event showcasing more than 30 Caradoc suppliers.

Caradoc Medical Services is a not-for-profit buying consortium with more than 25,000 members across the UK. It is free to join with no membership fees and negotiates with suppliers on its members behalf to pass on the bulk buying savings that large businesses enjoy. In recent years, its membership has expanded to also include everything from veterinary surgeries to schools and dentists to small businesses.

Peter Masters, business manager for Caradoc Medical Services, said he was delighted with how the awards and trade event had gone.

“We had some very worthy winners today as there was tough competition in all of the five categories,” he said.

“All of our suppliers offer high quality products and services, along with excellent customer service and that really was reflected by the awards.

“We had a steady stream of people coming to the trade event during the afternoon, including people from outside the medical profession, when there were also several free workshops by a number of our suppliers.”

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