Evolution for Academy Leasing as it rebrands to Time Finance

Evolution for Academy Leasing as it rebrands to Time Finance

ceda Associates, Academy Leasing, the specialist asset finance provider to UK businesses, has announced that its parent company 1pm plc has rebranded to Time Finance plc. As such all companies within the Aim listed 1pm Group, including Academy Leasing, will be renamed under the Time Finance brand.

The rebranding reflects the evolution of the business over a number of years, culminating in the recent completion of its buy and build acquisition strategy which has resulted in a portfolio of seven lending and broking businesses. The change to Time Finance supports the strategic objective of becoming a recognised force within the alternative finance market.

Carol Roberts, Head of Asset at Time Finance comments: “As an ambitious and forward-thinking business, now is the right time to rebrand our business and consolidate and strengthen our offering to UK businesses. Time Finance reflects who we are as a business today, as well as our ambition to become a recognised force for UK businesses seeking a fast and flexible choice of finance to support their growth.”

Time Finance is committed to ensuring that UK businesses and their owners can access a multi- product range of funding solutions from Asset Finance to Invoice Finance, Loans and Vehicle Finance to support their growth plans. At a time when businesses are being tested to the limit with the Covid-19 crisis, the ability to maintain a healthy cashflow, safeguard jobs, and continue with projected growth plans, is being felt more acutely than ever.

As Carol continues: “At Time Finance we understand that running a business is challenging and funding can mean the difference between standing still or achieving growth. Businesses need to feel confident about their financing in a market where accessing finance isn’t as easy as it could be. As a finance provider we are committed to solving their needs through our range of financial solutions by offering the right solution at the right price, whatever the size of business. This is positive news for our clients and our business partners as we work together to deliver a more comprehensive solution to the needs of UK business”.


The ceda Digital Event 04.03.21

The ceda Digital Event 04.03.21

ceda live events are back this March but with one slight difference… They’re digital.

The first event takes place on Thursday 4th March. The programme lasts from 11am until 3:30pm and features a series of top-end Industry speakers and presenters all giving their expert thoughts and opinion on the future of their sector. And it’s all online.

Hosted by Peter Martin and broadcast from a live studio, we will deliver a detailed overview of where the Hospitality Industry is and how the Industry rebuilds itself, what the future trends are and where the future opportunities will be for you.

Peter will be joined throughout the day by Industry leaders to talk about their own businesses and the wider Industry. All the confirmed speakers and details of their presentations will be announced over the coming weeks, so keep checking back for updates to our exciting line-up.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to visit virtual booths, watch product/service presentations (at their convenience) and network with Supply Partners and fellow Members. Being a digital event it gives us the opportunity to welcome more members of staff from more ceda Members as well attracting operators, end-users and Industry press who will all benefit from the programme we are putting together.

Whilst we appreciate it won’t quite be the same as a live face-to-face event, we have invested in a software platform to ensure that the day is as professional as possible and runs smoothly and efficiently.

Following a brief break to allow you to change into your ball gowns and dinner jackets (!), Chris Brazier will then host the postponed 2020 Grand Prix Award ceremony where we announce the winners of the various categories for projects completed in 2019.

To find out more, get involved as an event sponsor or to register for the ceda Digital Event, please visit https://ceda.co.uk/conference/


ceda and Cedabond enter into joint-venture

ceda and Cedabond enter into joint-venture

On Wednesday September 16th ceda held their Annual General Meeting and Cedabond held an Extraordinary General Meeting.

Amongst other business, both respective memberships approved a special resolution for ceda and Cedabond to enter into a formal joint-venture.

In a joint-statement, ceda Chair, Derek Maher and Cedabond Chair, Mike Nunn confirmed;

“We are delighted that our respective memberships have voted overwhelmingly to approve the coming together of ceda and Cedabond. There is a natural synergy between our aims and objectives with everything we do being for our Members and the wider Industry.

“Whilst both organisations will remain with their independent identity, accounts and governance, in the short-term, work will be undertaken to closer align the two organisations’ resource and outputs to enable any transition to be as smooth as possible.

“We are extremely excited about what we can achieve together. We will collaborate, share knowledge and resource and lead this Industry through recovery and back to growth.

“We exist for our Members, are owned and governed by our Members and deliver for our Members and the Industry in the UK, every day. We now have the opportunity to do so much more, together.”


National Account Manager appointment to support public sector growth for Hobart UK Service

National Account Manager appointment to support public sector growth for Hobart UK Service

After only last month announcing they had strengthened their leadership team, ceda Platinum Partner company, Hobart UK Service, has further grown their team this week with the appointment of Richard Greasley. – a positive piece of news for the industry during challenging times.

Richard Greasley has joined Hobart UK Service as National Account Manager. In his new role he will be responsible for managing a portfolio of public sector clients and developing new business opportunities across this sector.

Richard has over 12 years’ experience in the catering and hospitality sector working with well-known brands such as Electrolux Professional, Airedale Catering and the Space Group. He arrives with a track record of winning new business as well as managing large national clients across FM, Healthcare, Education and Retail selling capital equipment and service contracts.

Richard Greasley, National Account Manager said, “I am very excited to have joined Hobart UK Service to help manage and grow public sector clients. Throughout Covid 19 the public sector is one area that has remained opened having done an amazing job, and this is clearly an area of growth for the business. I am also proud to be part of a Globally recognised product and brand. “

Keith Mackie, Managing Director said, “It’s great to welcome Richard to the team at this challenging time. His experience in the industry will see him fit into the team well”

Hobart Service is a manufacturer owned commercial catering service company offering local delivery with UK wide capabilities. They have a deep understanding of the importance of operating a sustainable and ethical organisation. They have 160 directly employed nationwide field technicians delivering specialist food equipment service and support to the catering industry.


CESRB, in Association with ceda and FEA, Issues Advice on Commercial Kitchen Wiring Following Engineer's Tragic Death

CESRB, in Association with ceda and FEA, Issues Advice on Commercial Kitchen Wiring Following Engineer's Tragic Death

Associations push for urgent amendments to wiring regulations in commercial kitchens.

Following the tragic death of an engineer working on a commercial kitchen appliance, FEA, in association with CESRB (Catering Engineers Standards and Registration Board) and ceda, has issued an advisory notice covering the installation and servicing of electrical equipment. The associations call for all new installations of electrical equipment to be protected by an RCD (Residual Current Device) or RCBO (Residual Current Breaker with Overload protection). The advice also states that these should be specific to each individual appliance, not installed as a general RCD or RCBO on the distribution board.

FEA consultant and CESRB chairman, Nick Oryino, is working with ceda and ECA (Electrical Contractor Association) to push for the change to be put into law through the wiring regulations, covered by BS 7671:2018. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has said it will not initiate these changes until the coroner has completed their report, but the associations believe the industry should react quickly to protect working engineers.

The initial coroner’s report concluded that the engineer would most probably have survived had the appliance he was working on been protected by an appropriate RCD or RCBO.

“We want HSE to designate commercial kitchens as special places, with extra safety measures to cover electrical installations,” says Oryino. “For example, similar rules apply in spas to cover saunas.”

The advisory notice covers three main areas:

  • Manufacturers should ensure that their installation instructions require that their appliance is protected by its own RCD or RCBO.
  • Even if the instructions do not suggest this, FEA suggests the appliance should not be commissioned unless it can be verified that RCD or RCBO protection is in place.
  • When servicing or maintaining individual appliances, checks should be made to ensure that they have suitable RCD/RCBO protection. If it is found that the appliance does not have suitable protection, or it cannot be verified that it does, this should be noted on the job record and reported to the responsible person on site.

“I would expect HSE will make the changes to BS 7671:2018 once the coroner’s report is finalised, but these things take time,” says Oryino. “Lives are at risk and we need to move now.”

FEA also confirmed that it will be working with ceda to update the two associations’ joint Electrical Competency Course to reflect this new guidance. FEA has also been in contact with the relevant organisations to request that the requirement for RCDs or RCBOs is incorporated into the IFSE standard for BIM, the BESA SFG20 Equipment Maintenance Schedules, and into design software such as AQ and Specifi.


Hotel & Marine Expert Summit by Rational: The digital industry highlight

Hotel & Marine Expert Summit by Rational: The digital industry highlight

On 26 August 2020, opinion leaders from the F&B industry will meet for the first digital Expert Summit, initiated by ceda Platinum Partner, Rational. Titled ‘The New Hospitality’, key discussion topics will include innovation, digitalization and sustainability. There will be a wide range of international specialists sharing their knowledge and giving insights into future opportunities; followed by discussions and questions in a virtual forum. In addition, participants will be able to conduct peer-to-peer dialogues and make appointments.

“Unusual times require unusual activities.” is how Nicolas Makowski, Senior Director International Key Account Management at Rational, explains the event concept. The conference will be conducted on a digital platform and similar to that of a traditional trade fair will accommodate presentations, product demonstrations, exchange and networking. “We are holding the event at two different times, giving customers from all regions of the world the opportunity to participate. The advantage of the digital summit is that we have no restrictions and worldwide participation is possible.” says Makowski.

To avoid conflicts due to the time difference, the Expert Summit will take place in two different time windows, each lasting approximately three hours. The separate events will, however, consist of the same content and have the same speakers. Interested parties are invited to register free of charge at: expert-summit.com.


Sprint support local ‘Hub for Grub’ initiative

Sprint support local ‘Hub for Grub’ initiative

Ross and Luke Ryan, owners of ceda Member company, Sprint Group in Pershore, are supporting ‘Hub for Grub’ CIC to help provide a safe space for marginalised communities.

Based on an idea by Tim Southan, aged 54 from Wednesfield, and his family, the team at Sprint Group have donated commercial catering equipment for use at the West Midlands community hub.

Tim, his wife Karen, son Michael and daughters Chloe and Molly, recently established the Hub for Grub cafe, a place where people could get hospitality training and accredited qualifications to help provide stability and income.

Using produce which would otherwise be headed to landfill and short dated stock from local supermarkets, their aim was to turn the produce into meals for sale on a ‘pay what you can’ donation basis for people affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

Tim says: “The aim of the venture was to help our vulnerable community members. Employment chances and stability are our priority for people affected by mental health, homelessness and addiction.”

“The team at Sprint Group have donated so much equipment it’s overwhelming. They have a clear social conscience and demonstrated it today. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Ross, Luke and Simon. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

Ross reiterated that: “Doing good is one of Sprint’s guiding principles – if we can, we will always help social causes such as Hub for Grub. What Tim and his family are doing here is truly inspiring. We were glad to do our little bit and we wish them all the best for the future”

To learn more about the initiative go to: www.facebook.com/hubforgrub/ or call the Sprint team on 01386 555922 or go to www.sprint-group.co.uk for more information.


iKitchen by Rational: The system solution for business and industry catering

iKitchen by Rational: The system solution for business and industry catering

Shortage of skilled staff, cost pressure and digitalisation, these are the challenges operators within business and industry catering have to face. Added to this are the increased demands of their guests with regard to quality, dietary and special food requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten or lactose-free as well as a varied range of products. In addition to good ideas and clever concepts, the kitchens needs a partner who knows the challenges, supports them technically and enables them to produce large quantities. ceda Platinum Partner, Rational, has created such support with iKitchen.

“Under the name iKitchen, we have combined the iCombi Pro, iVario Pro and ConnectedCooking to form a system solution,” says Simon Lohse, Managing Director, RATIONAL UK, explaining the features. The aim is to make work easier, especially in large kitchens with a volume of 500 meals per day or more, to streamline processes and save space, money, energy and raw materials. If you take a kitchen originally equipped with a boiler, deep fat fryer, pressure cooker, hot-air oven and cooker, you can replace all the appliances except the cooker with an iCombi Pro and iVario Pro while achieving space savings of up to 40%. At the same time, the cooking systems together cover 95% of all conventional cooking applications. For some applications such as cooking pasta or
preparing food using the sous-vide method, they can even take over tasks from each other, thus considerably increasing the flexibility of a commercial kitchen. As a rule, cooking is also healthier. As Lohse says: “With the iCombi Pro, for example, you can deep-fry without fat. This means that the fries are crispy but have considerably less fat. In addition, steaming in the iCombi Pro
preserves the vitamins and nutrients.”

The fact that both cooking systems are made for cooperation is also shown by the identically designed user interfaces, which guide the user through the menus according to the same principle. Both also have intelligent functions that make handling even easier and thus significantly reduce the error rate. Even semi-skilled workers have easy access to various cooking applications. The
fact that iKitchen makes optimum use of all resources is demonstrated, for example, by overnight cooking. The iCombi Pro and iVario Pro both feature this application which will save a great deal of production time and take a lot of pressure off the kitchen operations.

The third component, ConnectedCooking, also serves to increase productivity, as the cloud-based networking solution can be used to centrally manage and transfer cooking programs, HACCP data can be saved and retrieved by both cooking systems, and they can even be controlled remotely. ConnectedCooking reduces the error rate and ensures a constant standard in food production. Only the loading and unloading has to be done manually. Lohse concludes, “With iKitchen, business and industry kitchens can work even more successfully than before and respond flexibly to their challenges.”


Electrolux Professional expands soft serve ice cream range

Electrolux Professional expands soft serve ice cream range

To help businesses diversify their dessert menu, Electrolux Professional has launched a high capacity range of commercial soft serve ice cream dispensers.

Available in both countertop and floor standing models, the range provides the hospitality sector with the ability to diversify their offering and take advantage of the increasing popularity of soft serve ice cream among casual and fine dining restaurants alike. Complete with an intuitive touchscreen control panel as standard, Electrolux Professional’s range of high capacity soft serve machines has been designed to maximise efficiency, and ultimately increase the profitability of a business.

Alex Reed, Sales Manager – Foodservice UK & Ireland at Electrolux Professional, comments: ‘By introducing the high capacity machines to our range, we’re looking to provide significant flexibility for those looking to enhance their menu. All four models: Capri, Firenze, Portofino, and Roma, can be purchased as either gravity or pressure fed, which means customers can tailor their choice to their exact requirement.

“We’re finding that consumers expect choice, whether that’s different types of coffee or new flavours of ice cream. The high capacity range of soft serve ice cream dispensers is part of Electrolux Professional’s OnE complete solution across foodservice, laundry, and beverage, providing businesses in the hospitality sector with the tools to meet their customers’ demands.”

The high capacity range further benefits from a high cooling performance, ready to start serving within 10 minutes of being switched on. With output capabilities ranging from 240 cones per hour (Capri), to 650 cones in a one-hour period (Roma), Electrolux Professional’s high capacity range has a solution for operations of all
sizes.

To view Electrolux Professional’s range of soft serve solutions, please visit: www.electroluxprofessional.com/gb/soft-serve/


Electrolux Professional Launches Classic Series Espresso Machine

Electrolux Professional Launches Classic Series Espresso Machine

Electrolux Professional has expanded its range of commercial hot beverage machines with the introduction of its new Classic Series Espresso machine.

The machine is available in single-group, two-group, and three-group versions, and has been designed to allow businesses to add profitable espresso and espresso- based beverages to their menu. Features include zero recovery time (for continuous steam production) and a direct boiler mounted group head, which ensures thermal stability.

Alex Reed, Sales Manager – Foodservice UK & Ireland at Electrolux Professional, comments: “Consumer demand for high-quality hot drinks is ever-growing, and being able to offer espresso-based beverages can help to set businesses apart in a competitive field. The low total cost of ownership, combined with the high-performance and build quality of the Classic Series Espresso machine, make it an appealing option for caterers looking to expand their hot drinks offering.”

The Classic Series Espresso machine further benefits from a large copper boiler and heat exchanger technology with a 330ml internal boiler, as well as an integrated cup warmer on top. Stainless steel panels and steam wands provide high-build quality, and the direct to boiler mounted group heads ensure shot temperature stability.

To view Electrolux Professional’s range of espresso coffee machines, please visit: www.electroluxprofessional.com/gb/espresso-coffee-machines/