What is cedaRetain

During these difficult times, many highly skilled people within our industry will – for reasons beyond their control – find themselves without a job. cedaRetain has been created as an informal link between those who have found themselves in this position and yourselves – our ceda member companies.

Our aim here is simple. To connect those within our industry in the hope that something positive can happen. Perhaps there’s someone here with the skills and experience that your organisation needs right now?

To contact an individual, just click ‘Find out more’

Senior Project Manager

An experienced project manager in delivering front & back of house refurbishments, equipment installations, project planning, open to new opportunities:

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CAD Designer for Space Catering UK. in Gloucester

I am Pam Christian living in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. An experienced CAD Design Manager who has worked on an extensive range of projects in both the commercial and domestic sectors. Alongside full-time roles has undertaken a variety of consultancy assignments. Computer literate with excellent administration skills.

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Nevilles UK

Hi i am Mark McCabe, i have covered Scotland in various catering equipment roles over the past 20 years. i have a wealth of experience in Account management and new business sales, in the past 20 years my experience has been split between heavy and light equipment sales, i am a motivated self starter who welcomes a challenge.Over the years i have built a wealth of contacts from Distributors to end users in the industry. i love the catering and hospitality industry, but unfortunatley due to Covid-19 i have been made redundant. I look forward to our industry growing back to the strength it was…

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Customer experience Acxount Manager

Sales professional with over two decades in experience in the hospitality industry. From Foodservice to Catering equipment supply I have represented many leaders of their field over the years and have a very good knowledge of commercial kitchens and everything needed in them including fabrication and light equipment. I am equally skilled in both business development and account management and have sold everything from physical product ranges to concept solutions. Hard working, tenacious and professional at all times I believe my skills can be transferred to any role

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Design / Estimator

My name is Phil, I have been in the catering equipment industry for the last 13 years. For 10 years I have worked for YCE Catering Equipment, but unfortunately YCE have recently gone into administration leaving me redundant. I would like to remain in the industry as I have loved every minute so far and have a wealth of experience and knowledge.

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Operations and service assistant

Hi My name is Katie, I was previously working for a company called YCE Catering Equipment LTD. I am a very outgoing person with a bubbly personality. I enjoy a challenge and strive to provide the best results in all aspects of my life. I worked for YCE for 5 years and enjoyed my time there and working with a great team of colleagues/management. Looking for a new challenge now since sadly YCE went into administration recently. I enjoy being part of a team, but also work effectively and efficiently on my own. Would really enjoy staying in the catering industry especially working in a…

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Space Group – Regional Design Manager.

Hi, my name is Dennis and I have been in the industry for 23 years. Started at A&E Group as a CAD designer and progressed up the ladder to Design Project Manager. I have also worked for smaller company where I have experience in Sales, Design, Project management, equipment procurement and logistics. Main experience was working with the Advance Group where I worked on several high street chains and Independent operators. My client base was as follows: Jamies Italian (I designed and Project / account Managed the first 25 sites across the country), Carluccios, Hall & Woodhouse, Bupa care…

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Senior Project Manager

Hi, my name is Paul Scholes and I have over thirty years experience in the industry, the majority of that time has been spent in a project management role. Unfortunately after four months on furlough, my previous role was made redundant so I am seeking a new role, preferably a permanent one as a project manager. Having started my career in a drawing office, I have a basic grasp of Autocad. I have run projects in excess of 500k nationwide for customers including Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc. I have led a project team with four project managers reporting to me.

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Commercial Manager

My name is Jennifer Friedman. I have worked in the general travel and hospitality sector for 8 years. Specifically, I have worked for the last 3 years at a company called Advance that designs, installs and maintains commercial kitchens.

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Technical Adviser (Customer Service Centre)

I’m Robin Tompkins a ‘Spares Guy,’ with over forty years of Foodservice spares experience. Starting in the industry back in the 1970s, with classic brand Crypto Peerless I have been a ‘Spares Guy,’ pretty much ever since, working for Electrolux Professional and First Choice Catering Spares. With First Choice, I was a Technical Adviser for the Customer Service Centre and was also beginning to branch out into training, passing on some of my experience to new starters and those wanting to gain more in-depth knowledge of a particular subject.

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Market Manager (sales/project manager)

Hi I am Liam 33, Derby/Manchester based i started in commercial catering appliances as an engineer for an M&E company I was the main catering engineer for Midland Counties Heating Services, As my understanding of appliances grew, my desire to advance also did which led me to Jestic Ltd as a technician in the midlands. This is where my introduction to QSR was as my previous experience was mainly public buildings such as schools, fire stations etc. Again i grew in my technical understanding which led to a management backed business management and leadership degree, currently still ongoing.…

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Design and Project Manager

I have been working within the hospitality sector for the last 11 years as a design and project manager. My previous role required me to travel the UK to briefing meetings with clients, site meetings with contractors and handover meetings with clients and eager staff keen to see what had been achieved. As part of this role i was in charge of seeing the project through from start to finish which included producing designs, service drawings and bespoke fabrication drawings on AutoCAD. Its a role that I enjoyed and was very fortunate to meet some great people along the way. The projects that I…

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Design/Business Development Manager

Designer/Project Manager/Business Development Manager. I have management skills, commercial acumen and project management skills. I am also able to lead multiple projects from initial hand drawn sketched design through planning, installation and finally client handover. I have a methodical and analytical approach, combined with excellent technical skills and I am able to resolve issues with a creative approach. Through past business ownership I have acquired a firm understanding of the requirements of operational management including financial, logistic and personnel leadership. I have…

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Service Manager

My name is Mike Davis, I have been in the catering service industry for over 33 years. I am a technically minded and hardworking individual, both in work and my private life. I have worked in the catering equipment industry for over thirty three years. Having started as a maintenance electrician, progressing up to installation engineer then onto my first service managers role some seventeen years ago. I am currently a service director , a position I have held for 12years.

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Technical Sales Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in the catering and hospitality sector, I am a driven and proactive sales professional with a keen eye for detail. Experienced as both operator and supplier, I am a confident sales manager, product trainer and sales consultant in the HoReCa market. I have experience working at all levels of business from national chain to independent operators, board level to contractor. I have built a strong industry network and my ability to develop and maintain sales opportunities through client relations has led to numerous business renewals and new business opportunities…

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Pub Retail Portal Manager

Based in the Midlands I am a highly experienced Food Service Equipment Salesman with a strong knowledge of our industry. I've spent many years dealing at all levels of business providing professional advice to catering operators across most sectors, carrying out surveys, assisting in design, specification, project sale and project management. My most recent role required a different mindset in which I proved successful. I have my own transport and able to respond to any prospective interest very quickly. I'm currently on Furlough and Redundancy notice as of 01/07/2020. I've endured 3 months…

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Sales manager

I Have just been made redundant from my position as sales manager for a bespoke company called Primeware ceramics who supply cookwear to hotels, schools and universities. This position is 80% office based and I really want to get back into a field role. I previously have been a manager at first choice and really enjoy travel and have been lucky enough to travel to many countries including Mustique , Havana and Colombia to name a few. I have stayed in many hotels and am a top contributor on TA. I was previously was employed by REL as an Regional field Manager , I had been in this role in…

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Sales Manager / Foodservice Equipment Marketing Ltd

Highly experienced and very accomplished relationship sales account manager, 24 years within the commercial foodservice equipment industry. I believe strengthening existing relationships whilst building a network of new contacts is the way to secure future growth and renewed business. Clients frequently look for what extra you can offer to the relationship to ensure best value. My strong commercial and industry knowledge coupled with good inter-personal skills have led to many years of generating profitable sales and sustainable business relationships.

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National account manager

Hi my name is Anthony, I have 17 years experiance in account management/national account executive roles. I took some time out to start my own construction business, but cane back to fmcg and textiles about 6 years ago.

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UK Business Development Manager Zerica

I have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I consider myself as honest, hard working, personable and driven to succeed. I love our industry and the people in it. I have a grown up family of 4 girls. I am healthy and now include cycling amongst my other hobbies which are reading golf and family.

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ASM Midlands / North for Uropa Wholesale

Hi I am Bill Baily ( not the comedian) have just been advised I am being made redundant by Nisbets . I am a ASM for Uropa and have been with them for eight years constantly being one of the top performers with an annual target this year of £9 million . Having recently been through a redundancy policy where Uropa was cut from 9 reps to 3 now find myself out of a job. With my 30 years experience and many loyal contacts feel I would be a great asset to any up and coming professional catering / janitorial company.

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Kam/Tabletop Equipment Advisor

Hi everyone. I’m a healthy guy, early fifties with an abundance of experience and desire to make a difference. Always smart and professional. Able to engage with all levels of people. Clean shoes maketh the man!!

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