A NUMBER of exclusive distribution deals with leading suppliers to the hospitality industry has led to a North-East company being shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The IG Group, based on Peterlee’s North-East Industrial Estate, provides a range of products to restaurants, hotels, bars and pubs across the UK, which includes a number of brands with whom they have a sole distributor arrangement.

And it is the continued growth of this area of the business that has led to The IG Group being shortlisted in the business development category of the Catering Insight Awards.

The IG Group is the only northern company to make it on to the shortlist in this category.

It is the latest success for the firm, which has become one of the biggest suppliers to the catering and hospitality industry.

Recent successes include Portuguese company, Vista Allegre, giving The IG Group exclusivity to distribute some of its Casa Alegre range of stoneware.

Stephen Hoey, chief executive of The IG Group, said the nomination was the icing on the cake of a highly successful year.

The winner of the Catering Insight Awards 2019 will be announced at an event in London on November 28.