ceda Partner First Choice Announces The Reopening of its Training Courses

ceda Partner First Choice Announces The Reopening of its Training Courses

We are delighted to announce that from Monday March 1st, following the Government’s latest announcements, First Choice Group Training centre is reopening its doors for technicians’ courses, our OEM manufacturer partners training and demonstrations.

The First Choice Training team are working hard to ensure that we are able to accommodate as many attendees as possible while maintaining enhanced safety standards during the pandemic

To ensure qualifications are up to date upon returning to work, technicians are allowed to book and attend courses & assessments while furloughed and up to 6-months before their ACS Gas accreditation expires.

Martin Dagnall, Head of the First Choice Training Division comments:

“Reopening while ensuring the safety of our team and customers was the number one priority.

First Choice has introduced a number of safety and hygiene measures since the start of the pandemic to ensure that the supply of crucial equipment parts could continue in support of the healthcare sector. We’ve built on top of those measures to enable technicians to come into the building safely for ACS assessments.

Safety screens, hand sanitiser stations and social distancing signage are just some of the measures that are now regular features at First Choice HQ. Additionally, having ample space in our training centre means that we can ensure social distancing is comfortably maintained during ALL assessments and training sessions.”

As the pandemic continues online meetings, conferences and training sessions have become more and more prevalent in our industry.

Martin and the team are in the process of developing bespoke digital solutions that may enable online training seminars in the future; particularly for our Managed Learning Programme for New Gas Engineers (MLP). This is another way in which First Choice seeks to innovate and provide solutions to the current challenges faced by our industry.

First Choice Group Training is the only assessment centre in the UK that is dedicated purely to commercial catering equipment. That familiarity with the assessment equipment means that technicians can complete their assessments far quicker than at a domestic centre. Our range of assessments cover the following classifications:

  • CCCN1– Core Commercial Catering Gas Safety
  • COMCAT1– Open Burner Equipment
  • COMCAT3– Deep Fat & Pressure Fryers
  • COMCAT5– Forced Draught Burner Appliances
  • CONGLP1– Various LPG Classifications

More information on assessments and booking is available on our ACS Assessments page. Members of the FEA and ceda receive a 20% discount on all bookings.

First Choice Training is also beginning to offer some of our other training courses, and we will be publishing more details on these soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns relating to training and assessment needs, please contact our Training Team who will be happy to help.

Contact Information

Call: 01543 460 385
Email: acs@firstchoice-cs.co.uk

We are delighted to be able to be welcoming customers & suppliers back to the First Choice Training centre. With the safety of All attendees our number priority.

Please subscribe to the First-Choice social media channels for more updates on specific catering courses, future OEM manufacturer and specific industry associations events being held at our Training centre and online.

Stay safe. Together will beat this.


ceda Approved Partner Hobart Service Division's Support "Making a Big Difference" in UK Hospitals.

ceda Approved Partner Hobart Service Division's Support "Making a Big Difference" in UK Hospitals.

Hobart Service are continuing to go above and beyond to support our NHS, and the ongoing hardwork and dedication from the Service team has not gone unnoticed.

Amid a third lockdown and at a time where UK hospitals are busier than ever, the nationwide team of specialist catering equipment technicians is continuing to operate nationally.

Hundreds of hospitals throughout the UK rely on Hobart’s expert service division for both repairs and planned maintenance of their kitchen equipment.

Hospital kitchen equipment plays a vital part in both the overall operation of a hospital and the essential care given to patients. Any repairs are time-critical; our dedicated technicians are working harder than ever to exceed SLAs.

The dedication of our staff hasn’t gone unnoticed. We have received many letters and words of thanks over the past 10 months, including the praise from Paula Vennells CBE, Chair at Imperial College Healthcare:

“I wanted to take this opportunity to write personally to thank you and your team for your support during the COVID-19 crisis… The country has thanked the NHS for the amazing work of our frontline colleagues but we know that without the help, advice, long hours and support from our external partners, our response would not have been as effective as it was.”

The letter went on to personally thank our service teams here at Hobart UK. The Imperial Estates team showed their gratitude to the:

“… support provided to continue maintaining the service of critical equipment and for attending site for call out repairs in difficult circumstances. Your company made a big difference to the way the Trust was able to respond.”

Keith Mackie, Managing Director of Hobart Service comments:

“Throughout this year Hobart Service has maintained and exceeded our SLA’s for the Healthcare industry. Despite extremely challenging circumstances, we have continually demonstrated our commitment to maintaining national coverage to all customers requiring our services. We have remained committed to maintaining a nationwide service, with a focus on hospitals, care homes and education.”

BOILERPLATE

Hobart Service has the UK’s largest field force specialising in catering equipment maintenance. Our specialist service technicians are trained to support a vast range of makes and models of Hobart and third party equipment.

HOBART Service directly employees over 100 technicians nationwide, offering a fast response and repair when equipment breaks down, minimising downtime with one of the highest first time fix rates in the industry.

ceda Members are encouraged to contact their Account Manager for further information.


ceda Partner Electrolux Professional Launches Energy Efficient Glass and Undercounter Warewashing Range

ceda Partner Electrolux Professional Launches Energy Efficient Glass and Undercounter Warewashing Range

Electrolux Professional has expanded its popular green&clean warewashing range to include new glasswasher and undercounter models.

The new models build upon the success of Electrolux Professional’s larger green&clean Rack and Hood type warewashing lines. They are designed to deliver sustainable, efficient, and high-performance cleaning to smaller-volume operations such as bars, pubs, cafes, small restaurants, and QSRs.

The green&clean undercounter model can save up to 25% on running costs compared with conventional warewashers, owing to a low rinse water consumption that saves electricity, water, detergent and rinse aid. Electrolux Professional’s new glasswasher is similarly efficient, and incorporates cold rinse technology to provide hygienically cold glasses, ready for immediate use.

Steve Bowler, Design and Product Manager at Electrolux Professional, comments:

“Now more than ever, businesses are looking at how to make changes that will have a positive impact on the bottom line. This is true for catering operations of all shapes and sizes, which is why we’ve introduced the green&clean glasswasher and undercounter warewashing range.”

“Boasting unrivalled energy efficiency, we’ve tailored them specifically for operations which require a quick and dynamic service, all the while maintaining optimum hygiene results. For example, the green&clean undercounter model has a double skin insulated door and cabinet to ensure less heat dispersion, and a low noise level to avoid disturbing customers, even when installed front-of-house.”

Both the green&clean glasswasher and undercounter warewasher are compatible with Electrolux Professional’s OnE online portal. This facilitates 24/7 remote real-time monitoring across multiple appliances and locations, providing a transparent insight into operational efficiency and increasing equipment uptime.

Crucially, the new models have been designed for maximum accessibility and usability. This is true for operators, thanks to a user-friendly control interface and an ergonomic counterbalanced door, but also for ongoing maintenance. The glasswasher enables front access to components for easier servicing, while the undercounter version can be positioned on wheels to facilitate cleaning both behind and underneath the machine.

Steve concludes:

“The most important factor in the specification of catering equipment will always be performance, but this has to be backed up with efficiency and usability. By introducing the green&clean glasswasher and undercounter warewashing range, we’re ensuring that smaller-volume operations can benefit from optimum dishwashing capabilities.”

Fore more information, please visit: https://www.electroluxprofessional.com/gb/commercial-kitchen-equipment/dishwashing-equipment/glasswashingandundercounters/


ceda announces two brand new e-publications!

ceda announces two brand new e-publications!

ceda is delighted to announce that two new e-publications will be launching in the next few months.

Connected will be packed full of informative, engaging articles to support both Members and the wider industry, at a time when this has never been more needed.  As with all ceda activities however, the overall focus is to look at a brighter future, what opportunities already do and soon will exist.  In fact, innovation is the overall theme of Connected’s first edition, which will be launched at the end of February.

Anyone interested in Connected is encouraged to visit our brand new website https://ceda.co.uk/letsconnect/what-is-connected-magazine, where you can flick through a sample magazine.

Connected’s sister publication is called Ignite.  With a planned launch date of late March, Ignite’s focus is to showcase the exceptional work our Members and Partners consistently carry out in every sector they operate in.  With no cost for any Member to be included, everyone is encouraged to take up this opportunity to promote their company and services, in the knowledge that Ignite will be distributed to up to 15,000 key influencers and decision makers operating in operator or client-based roles.  With the strong likelihood of a sustained and strong rebound in these sectors most badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a pent-up demand for the services of our Members and Approved Partners.

Anyone interested in learning more about Ignite can do so by clicking on this link: https://ceda.co.uk/letsconnect/what-is-ignite-magazine/. If any Member has a project they are particularly proud of and wish to showcase, the following link will take you to the simple form: https://ceda.co.uk/letsconnect/showcase-your-project/

 


Latest Newsletter from ceda Partner Liebherr

Latest Newsletter from ceda Partner Liebherr

Please find a link to the latest newsletter  from ceda Partner Liebherr.

https://ceda.co.uk/download/18176/


Image of first page of Liebherr Pro File Newsletter January 2021

Latest Newsletter from ceda Partner Liebherr

Latest Newsletter from ceda Partner Liebherr

Please find a link to the first newsletter of the year from ceda Partner Liebherr.

https://ceda.co.uk/download/18014/

Image of first page of Liebherr Pro File Newsletter January 2021

Charvet Premier Insight Newsletter cover image from December 2020

Latest Newsletter from ceda Silver Partner Charvet

Latest Newsletter from ceda Silver Partner Charvet

As this most challenging of years thankfully draws to a close, ceda members are encouraged to read the latest “Premier Insight” newsletter from our silver partner Charvet.  Focusing on their superb modular range, there are plenty of options available for members’ projects for 2021 and beyond.    Please click on the link below to download the Newsletter and contact the Charvet team directly with any enquiries you may have.

https://ceda.co.uk/download/17934/

Charvet Premier Insight Newsletter cover image from December 2020

Commercial kitchen image showing chefs at work

Latest news from ceda Silver Partner Brita Water Filter Systems.

Latest news from ceda Silver Partner Brita Water Filter Systems

ceda members are encouraged to book their place on a virtual Water Training session, run by our Silver Partners BRITA.

Limescale build up leads to equipment breakdown, higher energy costs and also impacts the taste and aroma of food and hot beverages.

Professional kitchens are under more pressure than ever to work efficiently and BRITA’s recent research showed a third of kitchen staff and baristas are being more cautious with equipment to avoid costly breakdowns.

As experts in the field of water filtration and with over 50 years’ experience, BRITA will be offering their guidance and advice in a virtual Water Training session on 10th February 2021 at 10am when you can learn how to effectively protect your equipment while protecting your profitability too.

The virtual Water Training session on 10th February will last approximately one hour and will be hosted by BRITA’s Business Account Executive (Catering) Chris Fay CFSP, who has recently been appointed as a PFS mentor for the FEA. To book your space email professional@brita.co.uk

Commercial kitchen image showing chefs at work

Liebherr Refrigeration Newsletter image from December 2020 Pro-File edition

Latest news from ceda Platinum partner Liebherr Refrigeration

Latest news from ceda Platinum partner Liebherr Refrigeration

ceda members are encouraged to read the latest news and developments from our Platinum supply partner Liebherr Refrigeration by downloading their latest Pro-File newsletter here:

https://ceda.co.uk/download/17853/

Liebherr Refrigeration Newsletter image from December 2020 Pro-File edition

CGI of new Ecole Ducasse in Paris

ceda Platinum Partner Electrolux Professional named official partner for new flagship École Ducasse

ceda Platinum Partner Electrolux Professional named official partner for new flagship École Ducasse

Electrolux Professional has announced a long-term exclusive partnership agreement with the new flagship École Ducasse campus in Paris.

The partnership is the result of a long-established relationship between Electrolux Professional and chef Alain Ducasse, founder of École Ducasse and one of the most celebrated chefs the world. The state-of-the-art purpose-built 5000m2 culinary arts facility in Paris will be home to nine laboratories, seven classrooms, a sensory analysis room, and a number of co-working areas and kitchens, all of which have been kitted out with Electrolux Professional equipment.

Alan Ducasse comments:

“I have always endeavoured to pass on my vision of culinary and pastry arts to the next generation. I want to share my knowledge with young people craving to learn, those who are looking to make a career change, and with professionals who are willing to strengthen their skillset. This is all done with a single motto in mind: excellence in practice.”

Ducasse continues:

“I have experienced a similar vision working with Electrolux Professional, and I am therefore excited to have the opportunity to deliver excellence to the culinary world, supported by this partnership.”

Electrolux Professional has supplied equipment from across its foodservice and beverage portfolio, ensuring that students at the school have access to the latest commercial catering equipment. This includes:

  • Thermaline made-to-measure cooking stations
  • Molteni stoves and rotisseries
  • SkyLine ovens and SkyLine Blast Chillers
  • MultiSlim Compact Ovens
  • Pot&Pan Washers
  • Wine Line Undercounter Dishwasher
  • Multi-rinse Rack Type and green&clean Hood Type dishwashers
  • Solutions from across the Food Preparation range
  • ProThermetic Boiling and Braising Pans
  • ecostore refrigerators and freezers

Darren Lockley, Head of Region UK and Ireland at Electrolux Professional, adds:

“Since its foundation in 1999, École Ducasse has become an internationally renowned institution of culinary and pastry arts, spread across multiple campuses and driven by the vision and energy of the iconic chef, Alain Ducasse.”

Lockley continues:

“We’re delighted that this exclusive partnership with the Paris campus will provide the next generation of talent with the opportunity to learn and perfect their trade on Electrolux Professional equipment. It’s thrilling to think that the next culinary superstar could be learning their craft on our products, and it is testament to Electrolux Professional’s long-standing relationship with Alain that this partnership has come to fruition.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.electroluxprofessional.com/gb/

CGI of new Ecole Ducasse in Paris