Latest Brexit Watch figures make ‘difficult reading’
Brexit is really starting to hurt, according to CESA. The latest Brexit Watch, produced by EURIS, (European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy), of which CESA is a founder member, makes difficult reading.
“The indicators we look at are, for the most part, disappointing,” says Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “The stats underline the need for a Brexit that gives our industries what they want – especially access to the single market and access to the EU workforce.”
No hard Brexit is good news for the whole foodservice industry
The biggest concern in the catering equipment industry is uncertainty, according to CESA’s Business Barometer surveys, and the election result would appear to have made the situation worse. However, CESA says there may be real positives in the result.
“One thing that is crystal clear is that there is no mandate for a hard Brexit,” says Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “In our discussions with the May government we’ve argued all along that our industry needs tariff-free access to the EU market, and that any new immigration controls have to allow us access to the skills and the labour we need. The prospect of a ‘no deal’ is terrifying: it could be disastrous for the catering equipment industry and the foodservice industry as a whole.”
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…)
CESA survey underlines industry concerns: warnings of risk of talking up recession
The latest CESA Business Barometer shows that catering equipment suppliers are deeply concerned about the future. Nearly two thirds of respondents think the overall economy will not perform as well in the next few months, though only 38% thought their own company’s sales would drop. In the three months leading up to Brexit, over half said turnover was up. However, over 80% expect it to remain the same or drop in the coming months, compared to last year.