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Henderson Foodservice event set to focus on formula for success

Leading local foodservice company Henderson Foodservice is gearing up for its annual conference and has secured Northern Ireland born international motorsport expert Mark Gallagher as key speaker.

The event, which has a theme of Formula for Success, takes place at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday September 26. It will be attended by staff and key suppliers including household names such as Heinz, Unilever and Nestle as well as local companies Crosskeys Meats, Willowbrook Foods and Punjana.

Mr Gallagher, has worked in Formula One for almost 30 years and has spent the last 15 working as a senior executive within the Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth.

Starting out as an F1 journalist and broadcaster he went on to become a media consultant for major sponsors including Marlboro and Canon. In 1995 he became head of marketing for Eddie Jordan’s F1 team and was on the team’s management board during its most successful years.

Joining Jaguar Racing in 2004, he stayed with the team during its transition into Red Bull Racing before leaving to establish his own sports management business and racing team, Status Grand Prix.

Today he heads a sports investment group and uses his experience to work with teams, sponsors and drivers as well as making regular media experiences. In 2012 he published The Business of Winning, a book drawing on the business lessons to be learned from the high finance, high octane world of Formula One.

Henderson Foodservice, a division of the Mallusk-based Henderson Group, supplies and delivers a wide range of products to customers across Ireland including hotels, schools, restaurants, fast food outlets, hospitals, nursing homes, cafes, sandwich bars and retail convenience stores.

Earlier this year it was named one of Ireland’s most successful companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, which recognises excellence in business management and performance.

Managing Director of Henderson Foodservice Damien Barrett said: “In the past two years we’ve seen sales growth of 25% and staff numbers have increased by 15%.

“But we want to build on that by generating new sales leads and expanding into new markets while continuing to provide an excellent service to our customers.

“Like motorsport, the Foodservice business is a fast-paced and competitive one, so the theme of Formula for Success is extremely apt.

“We’re looking forward to hearing some fascinating insights from Mark Gallagher and hope to draw on his experiences to help make our business even better.”

At the conference, Henderson Foodservice will present awards to its top suppliers in categories including local supplier of the year, overall supplier of the year and Country Range supplier of the year.

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