Craig Barnett takes up new position with ceda

Craig Barnett takes up new position with ceda

ceda is delighted to announce the appointment of experienced industry stalwart, Craig Barnett.

Craig starts with ceda, as Membership Consultant, on 1st June 2021, and his initial focus will be on membership recruitment and engagement.

ceda’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of belonging to a professional trade association and the support and value that they can offer, not only in times of crisis but day in and day out. ceda wants to grow its membership and open up its extensive and growing Learning, Education and Development programme, amongst other membership opportunities, as well as its member to member support which proved vital during the pandemic.

ceda’s Adam Mason says of the appointment, “I’m delighted to welcome Craig to the team. His broad industry knowledge, excellent track record and personable character are a great fit for us. We have a number of new initiatives launching in the coming months and, coupled with the outstanding work that we have done on Learning, Education and Development in the first half of this year, Craig will be able to engage with prospective Members and Partners about the advantages of being a part of ceda.”

Craig himself is relishing the opportunity to not only work with ceda, but engage with those across the industry that he knows and loves. He said, “After a career break of almost 10 months to recharge my batteries, I am delighted to be back working in the industry.

“Huge thanks to Adam Mason and his board of Directors for this exciting opportunity and I am very much looking forward to catching up with all my industry friends and colleagues over the coming weeks!”

Craig completed an electrical apprenticeship via City & Guilds when he finished school, and once qualified he worked on domestic, commercial and industrial installations. He moved on to be an electrical engineer at Dunlop Topy Wheels Ltd, who manufacture steel rims for the automotive industry and was part of the maintenance team and was trained in PLC automation (programmable logic control).

Craig moved to Newco Catering Equipment Ltd as a catering engineer and also qualified as a gas engineer. After six years he was promoted within Newco to technical service supervisor, providing the 20+ engineers with technical support and handling face to face customer relations. He was promoted again within Newco to business development manager, selling service contracts and equipment.

After Newco was sold to JLA, Craig was offered a job with Meiko UK as regional sales manager, where he had great success turning a poorly performing sales territory into one of the best at the company.

Craig’s last role was as MD at C&C Catering Engineers Ltd.

ceda Digital Event: watch again!

ceda Digital Event: watch again!

What a day! Thank you to everyone involved and everyone who attended. You all made the first ever ceda Digital Event a great success.

Whilst we appreciate it wasn’t quite be the same as a live face-to-face event, we hope you’ll agree the digital platform allowed for a professional, smooth and efficient business day. One massive benefit to the digital nature of the event is the ability to watch the content again.

All the excellent speaker interviews and presentations are available for you to watch again via the event platform:

Please use the same unique log-in details you used to access the event, and navigate through to the ‘Programme’ option in the left-hand menu.

The event site will be available until 31/03/21.

ceda Grand Prix Award Winners 2020

ceda Grand Prix Award Winners 2020

The postponed ceda Grand Prix Awards Ceremony 2020 took place yesterday evening (Thursday 4th March) via video link from a London studio, wrapping up ceda’s first ever Digital Event.

As well as the Project Awards for projects completed in 2019, the ceda Rising Star Award winner was also announced.

Victorious Members included Hatherley Commercial Services Ltd,  Caterware Ltd, TAG Catering Equipment Ltd, Vision Commercial Kitchen and KCCJ Ltd.

Commercial Kitchen’s Chris Brazier was the Awards host, who did an admirable job considering the virtual nature of the event. Nominees were present via video link, and were able to give acceptance speeches, replicating a live Awards ceremony as much as possible. With no live audience and no physical awards to hand over or handshakes with the winners, Chris was able to keep the magic and excitement of the Ceremony alive. ceda’s Adam Mason could think of no-one within the industry better suited for the job. He said, “Chris was the best man for the job. He’s been our first choice for Awards host at the physical conferences for the last few years and I saw no reason to change that for the Digital Event. Chris is lively and engaging by nature and really made the Awards come alive, even via our screens.”

ceda Grand Prix Awards 2020

Judged by experienced industry veterans Ron Neville and John Savage, six categories were up for grabs in the ceda Grand Prix Awards 2020; Design Project Under £50K, Design Project £50K to £200K, Design Project £200K to £500K, Design Project over £500K, Project Management Excellence and Outstanding Customer Service.

The ceda Grand Prix Awards 2020 winners, sponsored by Falcon Foodservice Equipment, are:

Design Project Under £50K – Hatherley Commercial Services Ltd for their project at The Griffin Inn

Design Project £50K to £200K – JOINT WINNERS – Caterware Ltd for their project at The Cottage at Fulham FC AND TAG Catering Equipment Ltd for their project at Brother Marcus at Spitalfields Market

Design Project £200K to £500K – Vision Commercial Kitchen for their project at Lu Ban Liverpool

Design Project Over £500K – KCCJ Ltd for their project at the new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium

Outstanding Customer Service – Tailor Made Catering Equipment Service Ltd for their project at Loungers/Cosy Clubs

Project Management Excellence – TAG Catering Equipment UK Ltd for their project at Studley Castle Hotel

Arguably, the most sought-after award is the Overall winner, and recipient of the Sir Donald Thompson Cup. Chosen from the winners of the six Grand Prix categories, this year’s victory belongs to KCCJ Ltd.

The ceda Rising Star Award celebrates the best new talent in the industry by recognising and rewarding an individual’s outstanding achievement and contribution to the development of a ceda member company. Candidates are nominated by their company and this year’s winner is Katie Brierley of FSW Gas Services.

Summing up the Grand Prix Awards, Adam Mason said, “The final shortlists covered a wide range of projects that our talented Members had carried out in 2019. The common theme among all was excellence. Congratulations to the winners of all the categories and to KCCJ for the overall winner accolade. My personal thanks too to John and Ron for their commitment to judging the awards.”

Stellar line-up of industry speakers announced for ceda Digital Event 04.03.21

Stellar line-up of industry speakers announced for ceda Digital Event 04.03.21

With the first ceda Digital Event now just one week away, we’re delighted to confirm our full event programme and introduce our impressive industry speakers and exhibitors.

The event, supported by Cedabond, AutoQuotes and Commercial Kitchen, takes place one week today, on Thursday 4th March. With guest speakers such as UKHospitality’s Kate Nichols and NHS Food Review Chair Philip Shelley giving their expert thoughts and opinion on the future of their sectors, the event promises to be both informative and enlightening.

Host Peter Martin will be kicking off proceedings and setting the scene by mapping out the five big behavioural shifts in the market that are already shaping and thinking about the future of the out-of-home food and drink market.

Peter is followed by Mowgli’s CEO and Founder, Nisha Katona MBE, who will talk about the challenges of keeping an entrepreneurial business alive and on track.

Next up is Noel Mahony, Chief Executive at BaxterStorey. Noel will reveal how one of Britain’s biggest and most diverse catering businesses has reimagined the food experience for a changing post-pandemic world of work and travel.

After a lunch interval Philip Shelley, Chair of the NHS Food Review will share the experiences, collaboration, involvement and recommendations to ensure that there is a clear pathway forward to improve our food and drink services in the NHS.

Last, but certainly no means least, is the head-to-head interview with Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO of UKHospitality and Ralph Findlay, CEO of Marston’s PLC. With the reopening of hospitality in sight, Peter Martin will be asking these two industry giants what they perceive to be the big political and business challenges that still lie ahead. What shape is the sector in and what is the plan for navigating the new, emerging market landscape?

Find out more about all our Speaker here:

ceda’s Director General, Adam Mason, is excited with the line-up and can’t wait to hear what each of the speakers has to say. He said, “This is arguably the best speaker, presenter and guest line-up we have had for any event, and I’m most grateful to everyone that has agreed to join us to share their thoughts, opinions, knowledge and expertise. There will be so much to learn for all of our attendees both from our programme but also in visiting the exhibition booths and we are delighted to have AutoQuotes, Cedabond, Commercial Kitchen Show, Electrolux, Falcon, First Choice, Hobart UK, Liebherr GB, Maidaid Halcyon, MCS, Mechline Developments, Meiko, MKN, Rational UK and Welbilt supporting us.”

Mason adds, “Due to the timing of the event, with the Budget the day before on Wednesday 3rd March, we hope to have some exclusive reactions and comments from our speakers on any announcements made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.”

Following a short break, the event programme continues with Chris Brazier who will host the ceda Grand Prix Awards 2020 ceremony, sponsored by Falcon Foodservice Equipment.  Chris will announce the winners of the various categories for projects completed in 2019, as well as the Rising Star Award which celebrates upcoming talent in the industry.

“Our Rising Star and Grand Prix Awards are a really important part of our year and although announced virtually there is no less importance or credibility to be derived. The short-listed people and projects are all outstanding and they wouldn’t have made it this far if they weren’t. Good luck to all. ” concludes Mason.

The full list of shortlisted projects can be viewed here:

For more details on the ceda Digital Event 2021, the full speaker line-up, Grand Prix Awards, and how to register, please visit

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

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: