Two Bidfood employees have been recognised in the New Years Honours List.

Jim Gouldie, supply chain and technical services director, and Steve Clarke, managing director, wholesale, have been awarded MBEs for their services to the vulnerable during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gouldie – who oversees supply operations, stock and replenishment, property and facilities alongside technical services and quality processes and standards – worked tirelessly to balance supply against demand and maintain levels of service and availability to customers, which included providing food to the public when Bidfood offered click and collect and home delivery services to those struggling to access deliveries from supermarkets.

Clarke, who manages all of Bidfood’s depot operations and 3,500 employees across the UK, was responsible for putting in place and implementing new ‘safe systems’ and ways of working, as well as contactless deliveries to protect customers, the public and staff as the pandemic took hold.

The pair worked an average of 18 hours a day (often into the early hours of the morning), seven days a week and without taking a single day off for over two months.

“Jim and Steve worked tirelessly to ensure continuity of supplies and service to customers whilst dealing with the unknown,” said Bidfood’s CEO Andrew Selley. “All of us at Bidfood are immensely proud of what Jim and Steve have achieved, and this honour could not have been bestowed on two more worthy individuals. They are both incredibly modest and I know they will say that this recognition is for the whole Bidfood team.”