The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) represents over 190 companies who supply commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes. Buying equipment and services from a CESA member gives you the security of working with people that will ensure you get professional advice and service.
CESA’s Business Barometer underlines worries – but provides a powerful tool for the Association’s negotiations with government
Just how concerned the UK catering equipment industry is about Brexit is highlighted in the latest CESA Business Barometer. However, there are positives, especially in terms of trading, with many companies reporting continuing growth in sales, despite the uncertainties.
The Barometer is a quarterly survey of CESA members, aiming to find out the key issues affecting their businesses, their perceptions about the future, and their plans over the next 12 months.
‘Positive’ meeting at Downing Street outlines catering equipment industry needs to Lord Bridges
March 15 2016: CESA met with Lord Bridges at 9 Downing Street to present the catering equipment industry’s position on Brexit. Lord Bridges is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union. The meeting lasted 50 minutes and was ‘very positive’, according to Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “The government are keen to engage with our industry, they want to know about the sector and what it needs,” he said.
Alongside Roberts at the meeting, and representing the catering equipment industry, were Lord Trefgarne, patron of CESA, Keith Warren, director of CESA, and Phil Williams and Richard Cromwell, who are both on the CESA Council. (more…)
£2,500 TAP funding grants available; CESA package makes exhibiting easy and affordable
The GulfHost exhibition will attract 50,000 visitors from the multi-billion dollar Middle East market. Billed as the ‘new home for foodservice equipment previously located within Gulfood,’ it takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, 18-20 September 2017, and is part of Dubai Hospitality Week. CESA is running the UK Pavilion and has put together a GulfHost package designed to make it as easy as possible for British companies to exhibit at the show. In addition, the Association has secured TAP (Tradeshow Access Programme) funding from the Department for International Trade, which means that grants of £2,500 are available to support up to ten SMEs exhibiting at the show.
Trends, concepts, gizmos and widgets: CESA Light Equipment & Tableware Forum 2017
25th April – 26th April 2017, Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
For any catering equipment buyer wanting to find out what’s next for the foodservice kitchen and the restaurant table, the CESA LET 2017 Forum is a must. Nineteen leading light equipment and tableware suppliers will showcase their very latest ideas and concepts, giving insights into foodservice trends as well as hands-on experience of new technologies, tablewares, widgets and gizmos.
“Last year the trends ranged from copper to gin, with freeze dryers and centrifuges being amongst the talking points. This year – well, who knows?” says Stephen Goodliff, chair of the CESA LET Group. “The continuous innovation in light equipment and tableware means there’s a real buzz about the Forum every year.”
NAFEM honour recognises contribution to foodservice equipment industry
A NAFEM spokesperson said, “We’d like to thank Glenn for his contributions to the industry at large and to the Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association (CESA) specifically.”
Sam Quigley of St Albans awarded £100 of Amazon vouchers
In a sign that the force is awakening in the new generation of foodservice workers, the winner of the Student Quiz run by CESA at the 2017 Great Hospitality Show is Star Wars fan Sam Quigley. Currently studying Hospitality & Catering at Oaklands College in St Albans, Sam is also working at Sopwell House as part of his course.
The quiz is designed to test student’s knowledge of catering equipment and includes questions related to best practices for safety in the kitchen, how to maximise efficiency as well as more general questions about the industry as a whole. (more…)
Following restaurant’s £5,495 fine, CESA offers advice on FOG solutions
Severn Trent Water’s successful prosecution of Café Saffron in Codsall has highlighted the issue of fats, oil and grease (FOG) – and underlined the need for the catering industry to deal with it. The restaurant was fined £5,495 for creating a blockage in the sewer system, as a result of not dealing with FOG from its kitchen. Severn Water described it as a landmark case and it could easily lead to more prosecutions.
Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA, presented awards to the latest group of CFSP (Certified Food Service Professional) alumni during The Great Hospitality Show 2017.
“There are now well over 400 CFSP-accredited foodservice executives in the UK,” he said. “The programme is gathering momentum and is raising the professionalism of the industry – not only in this country, but also abroad. CFSP-accreditation gives credibility as well as knowledge, to both the individual and their organisation.”
CESA’s Group Buyer Programme will connect VIP visitors and exhibitors
‘Virtual concierge’ helps group buyers make the most of their time at the Show
CESA’s Group Buyer Programme is back, this time helping key foodservice operators get more out of their visit to the Great Hospitality Show. It also helps CESA members who are exhibiting at the Show, by pointing buyers in the direction of products they want to see. The programme was first launched at Hotelympia 2016, where it was responsible for a 13% increase in attendance from group buyers.
The Group Buyer Programme gives VIP visitors an exclusive virtual concierge who will help them quickly find the products they want to view.
A pre-Conference straw poll told Evan Davis that delegates were ‘overwhelmingly optimistic’ about the economic future, despite Brexit and Trump. “Let’s see if we can beat that out of you,” he said. For him, the big post-referendum economic story was the slump in investment for growth – but what’s happening now may be bigger than Brexit: we may be seeing the end of globalization. Meanwhile, the prospect of trade tariffs means we will have to get more competitive. However, as London suffers, with its financial role moving to Europe, the economy may be rebalanced as Northern manufacturers flourish thanks to the weaker value of Sterling.