Best practice when installing new equipment under an existing canopy

Guy Parker

Technical Guidance Document #42

When replacing equipment under an existing ventilation canopy there are several issues that need to be considered to ensure that the ventilation will be effective and safe to use once the replacement equipment has been installed. This document has been produced to explain the issues and how to deal with them and should be useful both to installation engineers and to sales people

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ceda Grand Prix Awards 2021 Shortlist Revealed

ceda Grand Prix Awards 2021 Shortlist Revealed

As we enter ceda Conference month, the trade organisation is pleased to announce the shortlist for the ceda Grand Prix Awards 2021!

The highly anticipated awards are recognised across the industry and highlight the best of the best projects carried out by ceda Members in 2020. Members that have excelled in project management and customer service are also celebrated with their own specific categories.

Successful companies have been informed and it is our pleasure to now announce the ceda Grand Prix Awards Finalists 2021.

Design Projects: Under £50k

Court Catering Equipment Limited – Harrods Beauty Bar, Lakeside

Court Catering Equipment Limited – Copthorne Hotel, Chelsea Football Club

Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited – The Compasses Inn

Design Projects: £50k – £200k

CNG Foodservice Equipment Limited – Bike & Boot

Sprint Group Limited – Coppa Club

Court Catering Equipment Limited – Soho House Farmhouse

GS Group Limited – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Design Projects: £200k – £500k

CNG Foodservice Equipment Limited – Gilpin Lodge

Instock Ltd – Unalome

Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited – Wentworth Garden Centre

Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited – RHS Gardens Bridgewater

Design Projects: Over £500k

Advantage Catering Equipment Limited – Unita Quattro

Space Catering UK Limited – Battersea Cats and Dogs Home

Outstanding Customer Service

GS Group Limited – Somerset Care

Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited – Ego Restaurants

Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited – HMS Host, Manchester T2

Project Management

Sprint Group Limited – Tortilla

Advantage Catering Equipment Limited – Elwick Place

The Awards judges, John Savage and Ron Neville are in the process of carrying out site visits to talk to operators and assess the quality of the work carried out.

The winners will be announced during the ceda Conference Gala Dinner, on Thursday 25th November at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. From the six category winners, an overall victor will also be revealed. They will take home the coveted Sir Donald Thompson Cup. The winner of the ceda Rising Star Award 2021 will also be crowned.

The ceda Legacy Awards will be announced at the ceda Conference Dinner on Wednesday 24th November, at the same location.

Adam Mason, ceda Director General, commented, “Despite the pandemic, the Grand Prix Awards have been very well supported by the membership. Our judges, John and Ron, have once again given their time generously to work through each and every application and make some difficult decisions. I really look forward to discovering this year’s winners, and celebrating not only them but this fantastic industry as a whole and how we have all worked so hard, together and apart due to COVID-19, over the last year.”

Registrations for the ceda Conference 2021 are now open for both Members and non-members. Those who would like to attend are asked to submit their details here:

Further details of the shortlisted entries can be found at:

The ceda Conference 2021 sponsors are First Choice Group, Hobart, Hupfer, Instanta Ltd /Zip Water UK, Maidaid Halcyon, MCS Technical Products, Mechline Ltd and Welbilt.

Voltage Sticks

Guy Parker

Technical Guidance Document #38

We understand that some service engineers claim to have been advised by trainers to use a voltage stick to “test for dead” as part of a “safe isolation procedure” (see ceda Guidance document No 37). In the opinion of the ceda Technical Support Group, this is not only bad practice but potentially dangerous.

Prepared August 2021

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Safe Isolation Procedure

Guy Parker

Technical Guidance Document #037

Switching off the supply of electricity to allow for safe working is legally mandated, with work on or near to live electrical systems permitted in exceptional circumstances only. Electrical isolation consists of two clear stages: switching off the supply and proving dead. It is important you follow a safe isolation procedure.

Published August 2021

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Leading equipment trio come together to support NHS chef mentoring event

Leading equipment trio come together to support NHS chef mentoring event

In a jam-packed three days at the end of September, First Choice Group, together with sponsors, MKN and Hobart, hosted a chef mentoring event for NHS staff. The event, which took place from Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th September, saw healthcare chefs take part in cook-offs, benefit from dedicated mentoring sessions, and even engage in recipe inspiration demos from leading speakers.

Hosted by First Choice, at the company’s state-of-the-art conference and event facilities, just over 50 chefs of the National Health Service’s brightest chef talents converged on Cannock. With sustainability being a key topic in our industry, the theme for this year’s event was ‘The Future of Food’ and included a talk on ‘The Net Zero Kitchen’ from the NHS Greener Team, as well as a live cookery session from Meatless Farm titled ‘Enhancing menu choice for healthy, low carbon eating.’

“The NHS Mentoring Event was a great way for us to show our commitment to those who’ve given so much to our nation in recent times. From world-class mentors to an impressive line-up of speakers, the event delivered a fantastic agenda. We were also keen to raise awareness of the need to support the future of food, with many of the sessions and the live demos, hosted in the dedicated First Choice kitchens, centred around ongoing sustainability.”

Stuart Brereton, Business Development Manager at MKN.

Across the three days, the events saw guest speakers, including Nick Vadis, Culinary Director at Compass Group and the Chef Ambassador to NHS Supply Chain, Phil Shelley, Chair of NHS Food Review 2020, Emma Brookes, Head of Soft FM Strategy & Operations at NHS England and Dr Rupy Aujla, an NHS GP who started ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’, deliver a raft of engaging sessions. The delegates were also introduced to key industry mentors, each able to support the chefs to serve a quality menu to patients and visitors in their care settings.

“We were delighted to welcome chefs from across our National Health Service to a dedicated mentoring event hosted by First Choice. At Hobart, we wanted to show our support to those in our industry who’ve worked tirelessly by providing an invaluable service to our nation. What better way to do this than to bring together a celebrated line-up of guest speakers and a group of well-respected mentors to give something back.”

Simon Gardiner CFSP, Regional Manager, Hobart UK Equipment Division

Using First Choice Groups purpose-built event facilities, which include conference space, break-out rooms and a fully functioning professional kitchen, the event culminated with a light-hearted Ready, Steady ‘Plant Based’ cookoff to pit the delegates against one another, all in the name of competitive fun.

“It was a real honour to host the NHS Mentoring Event, in association with MKN and Hobart at First Choice. With everything our great health service has put up with over the past 18-months, to be able to give something back by way of a dedicated mentoring event, including some fantastic speakers and a fun cook-off competition was just a small way of us saying our thanks.”

John Whitehouse, Managing Director at First Choice Group

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Hobart Appoints New Sales & Marketing Director

Hobart Appoints New Sales & Marketing Director

Hobart Equipment Division has appointed Tracy Southwell as its new Sales & Marketing Director. Tracy, who has almost 25 years’ multi-channel experience in the food and beverage industry, replaces Tim Bender, an ‘industry stalwart’ who retired during the Summer after many years of service.

On her appointment, Tracy commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to join Hobart Equipment Division at this pivotal time in the company’s evolution. Our market-leading business has successfully and skilfully navigated its way through the pandemic and is now faced with a raft of new and exciting opportunities. Our dealer partners remain an integral part of our next level growth journey, as do all our customers, as we jointly sustain the success of our core brands: Hobart, Bonnet and Ecomax.

“A key priority will be ensuring our brands continue to be the primary signpost for reliability, professionalism and performance in the catering equipment industry.”

CCS Reopens Training Centre

CCS Reopens Training Centre

Commercial Catering Spares has reopened its training centre for the very first time since the global pandemic began. At the end of September several engineers attended the very first Rational Training Course of 2021 with tutor, Stuart, who has over 18 years’ experience working as a field service engineer for a Rational Service Partner. The announcement of the reopening was well received and had a great attendance.

Commercial Catering Spares continue to implement hygiene and safety measures to ensure all staff and customers remain protected. More dates for the Rational Training Courses will be released in the near future. If you are interested in booking on a course or hiring our training centre for your own use you will find more information at Alternatively email

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Guy Parker

Standard Document #P12

This document is intended to be used by members as a template to enable them to develop their own corporate social responsibility policy.

Published May 2022

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Covering Letter for Terms of Engagement for Design Services

Guy Parker

Standard Document #C03

This document provides a model covering letter explaining the terms of engagement for design services.

Published December 2016 / Re-branded June 2020

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Guidance for gas engineers to the application of relevant sections of IGEM/UP/19 in catering establishments

Guy Parker

Technical Guidance Document #003A


This document has now been superseded by IGEM Publication UP/19.  Toolbox size “Guidance for gas engineers to the application of IGEM/UP/19 in catering establishments” are available upon request from the ceda office.

Prepared August 2012 / Re-branded June 2020

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Guidance Document No 3 - IGEM/UP/19

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