Digging deep: FEA industry conference considers crucial foodservice equipment challenges
Former top rugby ref Nigel Owens MBE to deliver keynote address
FEA industry conference, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, 15th and 16th November 2023
This year’s FEA industry conference will dig deep into some of the crucial issues facing the foodservice equipment sector. The cost of living crisis, energy, Covid, climate change, war in the Ukraine, tensions between world super powers… we need help to make sense of it all. Step forward futurist, strategic advisor and this year’s conference facilitator Simon Stenning who, with razor sharp perception and analysis, will present his overview of foodservice and hospitality trends. As the acknowledged expert when it comes to pulling together, and making sense out of, the mass and variety of industry data available, his strategic nous will make for fascinating insights.
As the sophistication of the modern kitchen becomes ever more complex, the skills required of the army of engineers that the industry needs to maintain and repair it become ever greater. In the ‘Servicing the needs of the Market’ presentation, conference will look at how we develop and maintain the expertise and competence of our service professionals to keep foodservice equipment in tip top condition
How can equipment manufacturers help operators meet the challenges they face in implementing sustainability targets? Ellie Wrighton CFSP, head of kitchen development at Mitchell and Bulter PLC, and Amanda George, director at Inspire Consultancy, will talk about operators’ needs around sustainability planning and equipment.
There are also sessions on recruitment and staff retention and a special focus on the implications of energy.
The keynote address will be delivered by the great Nigel Owens MBE, the former international rugby union referee. As well as holding the record for the most test matches refereed, he’s a person who has been very open about his personal life and battles and is certain to bring official conference business to a stimulating finale.
This year’s FEA industry conference is being held at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November. The FEA AGM takes place on the Wednesday, as well as the popular charity dinner, which this year will include the announcement of the all new Charitable Endeavor Award, sponsored by Meiko. On Thursday, after the conference programme, there will be the annual gala dinner, including the presentation of the FEA Apprentice Award, the FEA Chair Awards, and the Outstanding Service to the Catering Equipment Industry Award.
For the latest news on the industry conference, to book places, or to find out about entering the awards, visit feaconference.co.uk. There are several package options for delegates to choose from, starting at £395 for FEA members and £545 for non-members. This year there is also a limited number of ‘first time delegate’ places costing from just £25, provided they are accompanied by a FEA member booking a residential package.
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