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ceda Platinum Partner Rational launches intelligent leasing scheme for foodservice operators

ceda Platinum Partner Rational launches intelligent leasing scheme for foodservice operators

Rational offers foodservice operators an iCombi Pro from just £5 a day – and an iVario from £8 per day

Rational has launched a leasing scheme making it easier than ever for operators to get an iCombi Pro or an iVario, with costs from as little as £5 per day.  The scheme is designed to be as flexible as possible, to allow for different budgets, cash flows and aspirations.

The Rational Leasing Scheme is operated in partnership with the CF Capital PLC (CF), one of the UK’s largest sales aid leasing and financial services organisations. CF has excellent customer service, offering high acceptance levels and competitive rates.   

Customers who are interested in finding out about leasing a Rational cooking system can do so via the Rational nationwide dealer network.  Rational and CF have created an online portal where dealers can create bespoke customer leasing packages, including a quotation calculator, instantly.

Simon Lohse, managing director of Rational UK says:

“The Covid-19 crisis has led many foodservice businesses to look hard at their budgeting, “We felt a dedicated leasing scheme would be one way to support them in their growth.  We wanted to work with a leasing company that was not only accommodating of our customers’ circumstances, but that could also adapt schemes to suit specific purposes.  We didn’t just want an off-the-shelf package, we wanted a leasing scheme that is intelligently constructed to offer maximum flexibility and maximum benefits.  We believe the scheme CF Capital has created with us fits the bill perfectly.”

Rational is known for the quality of its products, and their longevity.

Lohse continues:

“A Rational iCombi or iVario multifunctional cooking system will give years of valuable and loyal service. “The scheme can run up to five years and then there is the option to buy.”

Costs for the iCombi Pro range from £5 per day, for the iCombi Pro XS, to £23 per day for the iCombi Pro 20-1/1, which is suitable for producing up to 500 meals per day.  The smallest iVario cooking system, the 2-XS, is £8 per day.  Meanwhile the iVario Pro XL, suitable for up to 500 meals daily, is £17 per day.

The scheme is also available for the iKitchen package, covering both an iCombi Pro and an iVario.  Examples include £20 per day for the iCombi Pro ten grid (10-1/1) combi steamer with the iVario Pro 2-S, which has two 25 litre pans.

Leah Wright, CF’s head of the commercial catering channel, says,

“We are really excited to be working with Rational.  We know that many foodservice operators aspire to own an iCombi Pro or an iVario.  CF has the range of financial products that will allow the maximum number of businesses to take advantage of the considerable benefits of leasing Rational appliances.”

To find out more about the Rational leasing scheme, email rational@thecfgroup.co.uk or call 01279 759359.   ceda members are advised to contact their own account manager for specific information.

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ceda Platinum Partner Hobart UK creates "One Click" complete selling package for members

ceda Platinum Partner Hobart UK creates "One Click" complete selling package for members.

Hobart is unveiling its most innovative measure yet to enable dealers to support end user customers – a simple, one click ‘complete package’ sales solution that will secure a piece of equipment on interest-free finance with delivery, installation and a
two-year all-inclusive service plan for less than the published price of the machine itself.

Created to help end users free up vital cash flow and spread the cost of ownership, dealers can use Hobart’s Complete Package to offer customers a selection of the company’s groundbreaking warewashing and cooking equipment, including its new two-level washer
and class-leading range of combi ovens.  There’s nothing to pay upfront and the end user will own the machine once the 24-month period elapses.

To make the process even simpler, Hobart has created an exclusive interactive calculator, available at https://www.hobartuk.com/tcp/ allowing dealers to add in a number of variants as well as equipment required including; in-house manufacturer costings, desired customer discount, ancillary items, and any details of extra installation or disconnection work.  The calculator will then create a detailed quote breakdown.  There is also a check box option for dealers to make the calculator customer facing, hiding any potentially sensitive information, so an exact itemised breakdown of the package can be viewed.

Once the customer is happy with the quote, it’s submitted to Hobart as lender.  Approval is confirmed in a maximum time frame of 24 hours, with the manufacturer immediately assuming all of the costs, giving end users the keys to innovative new equipment and leaving dealers free to add the sale to their monthly tally.  Tim Bender, Sales Director, Hobart Equipment Division comments:

“In amongst all of the support tools we have created to try and help dealers and their end users get back to business, the Complete Package offer stands out as one of the most innovative and compelling. Its strength lies in its simplicity and ability to remove not just one, but multiple headaches at a stroke.  Every part of the process is taken care of, from specification, delivery and installation, right through to aftercare and maintenance – at a price, and payment schedule, to suit the operator!”

Hobart’s Complete Package is exclusive to UK catering equipment distributors. To find out more, visit: www.hobartuk.com/tcp/ today

ceda stalwart Peter Galliford announces retirement from Association

ceda stalwart Peter Galliford announces retirement from Association

It was announced at the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) that Peter Galliford, who has played an integral role in evolving the association to the voice of the industry it has become today, will be retiring from his position on the Board after nearly 20 years of dedicated service.

Many of ceda’s Chairs over that time were all keen to express their gratitude for Peter’s immense contributions.
Jack Sharkey, owner and Managing Director of Vision CK and former ceda Chair comments:

“Peter has been an incredible colleague. He is always considered in his thoughts, concise in his communication, decisive in his actions and completely accepting of diverse or differing thoughts and opinions. Peter has contributed to almost every aspect of the development of ceda but it is the development and growth of our Annual Conference for which he will be most remembered. Peter has guided the CEDA Conference to become an event that attracts more than 350 key Industry figures, with a Business Day speaker programme that is second to none.”

This view was seconded by Mark Drazen M.D. of Caterware, who adds:

“Peter’s hard work preparing the business content of many Conferences changed the game and elevated “Conference Friday” to new levels that will be hard to follow.”
Iain Munro, also praised Peter saying:

“Peter gave me great support during my time at ceda. I found him impartial in his approach, representing ceda suppliers and partners without bias. Both should be very thankful for the time invested by Peter in helping to make ceda what it is today. “

Meanwhile Peter Kitchin, Managing Director of C&C Catering states:

“Peter joined the ceda Board when I did 19 years ago. Thank you for your tireless work, dedication and friendship.”

Mark Kendall, Commercial Director of the buying consortium Cedabond comments:

“Peter’s contribution to ceda has without question been exceptional. I am sure he will be missed by the whole ceda community.”

Present day Chair of ceda and Director of Crystaltech Derek Maher was keen to highlight the character of Peter, commenting:

“In 2018 Peter cycled with a trailer in tow from John O’Groats to Lands End, which shows the level of dedication to a cause. In his almost 20 years as both a ceda Council member and Director, Peter has maintained that level of commitment and dedication to the association. One of his parting comments was “I’m always here if you need me,” which will certainly stay with me.”

It seems fitting that the final comments come from Peter himself, who proudly comments:

“It has been a great privilege to have served for so very long, especially as being from ‘the other side’!
I have had the opportunity over the last 19 and nearly 20 years of working with many wonderful fellow like-minded and good individuals, giving their time and dedication freely, with many becoming very much lifelong friends. The comradeship and fellowship has been, and will remain very special. That’s a special and wonderful testimony.  Thank you all, and specifically the ceda board and past Council members over the previous years, and to Adam, Fiona and Peter.”

ceda Platinum Partner Hoshizaki help UK operators keep their financial cool with brand-new leasing scheme

ceda Platinum Partner Hoshizaki help UK operators keep their financial cool with brand-new leasing scheme

In a bid to help foodservice operators get back on their feet and spread-out the cost of new refrigeration and ice machine purchases, Hoshizaki UK has introduced a brand-new leasing scheme via Shire Leasing.

Payments start from as little as £50 per month* on 3, 4 or 5 year contracts, with the offer available on all units within Hoshizaki’s UK world-class refrigeration, ice machine and specialist portfolio.

Simon Frost, Director UK & Ireland, Hoshizaki UK believes the new scheme provides the ultimate solution for foodservice operators that are looking to improve their cash-flow whilst progressing their business: “The financial affect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on many hospitality businesses has been draining to say the least, hence why it is more important than ever for catering equipment manufacturers to step-up and look at ways that they can further support their customers, not just from a product point of view, but from a financial perspective.  It was for this very reason that Hoshizaki UK felt that now was the right time to initiate a leasing scheme.”

Simon continues: “We hope that this flexible new route for financing Hoshizaki equipment will help UK foodservice business to recover from the recent economic woe, whilst improving efficiencies in the kitchen and behind the bar.”

For more information on leasing a Hoshizaki machine, please contact the Hoshizaki UK sales team via email: uksales@hoshizaki.uk.

Terms & Conditions** for this leasing scheme apply.

For more information on appliances in the Hoshizaki portfolio, please visit www.hoshizaki-europe.com or call 01322 616 900.

*Payments start as little as £50 for the first 6 months. This offer is valid to ‘non-regulated’ and business use customers that quote LOWSTART20 when contacting their local Hoshizaki sales representative.

** Terms and Conditions apply. Offers valid on 3, 4 or 5 year contracts only. Finance for “non-regulated” and business use customers only. Any agreement entered into will be with Shire Leasing PLC or may be introduced to one of a group of asset finance lenders and subject to application, credit and their terms and conditions. Payments advertised are subject to VAT. The lender will also charge a document fee and annual service fee. Shire Leasing PLC is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for certain types of consumer credit lending and credit related activities that are regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.