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1st June 2010

Cater Link's Marc Bradley named "Young FD of the Year"


Marc Bradley, Chief Financial Officer of Cater Link and Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) its parent company, was crowned Young Finance Director of the Year at FDs' Excellence Awards held on 12 May.

The FDs' Excellence Awards recognise the UK best-performing FDs and is supported by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) as well as the CBI and leading business magazine, Real Business magazine.

Marc joined Cater Link back in 2007 just as WSH was bringing benugo and Holroyd Howe into its stable. His astute management of the last stages of the deals and his outstanding performance in integrating the businesses without disrupting Cater Link and its sister operations, avoided the pitfalls frequently experienced with such events. Marc's diligent management means that Cater Link benefits from industry leading IT, financial and procurement functions to support its fresh food offering to the state school sector whilst at the same time allowing it to focus on successfully securing new business and continuing to deliver the best possible food and service.

The judging panel for the award was made up of a wide range of industry experts including the editor of Real Business, a director from Sainsburys and Prof Andy Neely from Cranfield School of Management. One member of the FDs' judging academy said: "Marc's strategic thinking is very impressive. He clearly thinks outside the box as demonstrated by the way he has handled and implemented the transactions undertaken at WSH and it is clear that he is a very respected individual within the board there."

Commenting on his win, Marc Bradley, said: "Cater Link aims to be the best in class in all that it does, and I've simply applied the same approach to its financial management. With the adoption of best practice, process improvements and strong team work we have been able to fully support Cater Link in achieving its potential in what has been an extremely challenging economic climate. I'm really proud of how brilliantly my team has worked to deliver our promise to the business and it goes without saying that it's wonderful to be recognised by such an esteemed award."