Shaping The Future: UKHospitality Summer Conference

Shaping The Future: UKHospitality Summer Conference

UKHospitality is officially launching at ‘Shaping The Future’ on Monday 9th July 2018.

Building on the success of the BHA Hospitality and Tourism Summit and the ALMR Spring Conference, this event will amalgamate the best and most timely discussions from the accommodation, food service, leisure, pubs and bars sectors. Shaping the Future will give the industry a single platform for the voice of the hospitality and tourism sector and is the perfect stage for setting out our plans for championing the UK’s hospitality business interests.

The conference will detail the unique insights of key industry speakers on the state of the nation, challenges and opportunities and how together with government the industry can shape the future to ensure continued success.

Tickets are on sale now and we strongly advise fast bookings to avoid disappointment.

ceda Members can purchase tickets here.

ceda at Commercial Kitchen Show 2018

ceda at Commercial Kitchen Show 2018

This year’s Commercial Kitchen Show has been a huge success!

The event held this week (5th & 6th June) at Birmingham’s NEC was extremely well attended, not just by ceda Members and Partners, but by brands, companies and professionals from across the industry.

We took the opportunity to promote ceda and our Members to end-users, operators and customers – demonstrating why they should use a ceda Member for any Design, Project and Equipment products and services. We even signed up a number of new Member’s across the two-day event!

All Members Meeting

The ceda All Members Meeting on the first day was well attended with many positive contributions and discussions on issues such as marketing plans and the ceda Code of Practice, launching in January 2019. Another hot topic that was particularly well received was the need to find a solution for surplus equipment with many lively and passionate ideas and opinions on the subject.

Seminar Participation

Many of our Members and Partners, and even our Chairman, were involved in the show’s diverse range of seminars. Topics included Solid Fuel in Commercial Kitchens (Court Catering’s Nick Howe), The Rise of Connected Kitchens (Jack Sharkey, Vision Commercial Kitchens Owner and MD and former ceda Chairman) and Building Better Kitchens in Hospitals (Mark Kendall, Inox Equip Diector and ceda Chairman).

Panels for three of the seminars were made up exclusively of ceda Members!

Big Questions for Kitchen Houses boasted Mark Kendall, Jack Sharkey, Cathy Wilcox (Wilcox Burchmore MD) and Anna McNamara (Catering Equipment Solutions MD).

Award Winning Kitchen Design featured ceda 2018 Grand Prix Winners: Paul Gilhooly for Gratte Brothers (Small Project winner), Tyron Stephens-Smith of TAG (Medium Project winner) and Paul Neville from CHR Equipment (Large Project winner)! They discussed the design and execution of their winning kitchens and offered behind the scenes insight into their projects.

Designing The Most Efficient Kitchens in the UK was hosted by ceda Member TAG who talked about two of their ambitious projects.

Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards 2018

Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards 2018

ceda sponsored the ‘Operator of the Year for Innovative Kitchen Design’ award at the Foodservice Equipment Journal (FEJ) Awards 2018.

The inaugural awards took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 5th June, with many delegates from the nearby Commercial Kitchen Show at the NEC in attendance.

The Operator of the Year for Innovative Kitchen Design award recognises the significance of a well-designed kitchen to achieving a happy team of chefs, impeccable service and outstanding food. The category aims to recognise multi-site operators that have invested in new kitchens and spent time identifying the right design and lay-out to ensure operational excellence.

The winner on the night was Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery.

James Kirkwood, Food Development Manager for Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery with his award

It has been another strong 12 months for the Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery brand, which is only three years in the making but has already proved itself to be a valuable part of the Mitchells & Butlers estate. Some 46 conversion projects took place last year, with the company bringing in the latest twin deck electric pizza ovens to front a set-up that sees dedicated pizza prep zones established independently of the carvery area. Dough for its pizzas is made and prepped on-site at its 82 locations every day and complements a classic pub menu that includes burgers, salads, carveries and roasts.

The other category finalists were:

  • D&D London
  • Franco Manca
  • Fuller’s
  • Oakman Inns & Restaurants

From a ceda perspective, our involvement and sponsorship of the award allowed us an introduction and to promote ourselves and our Members in a room full of multi-site operators.



We supply among other equipment refrigeration units for purchase/rental. We have been asked to collect an old unrepairable unit from a site who are purchasing new from us. We have not previously offered this service. We are looking for information on the correct disposal of these units and a depo near Staffordshire we can take the units too?



  1. This may be a starting point –
  2. Our local council offer this service, you have to take it too them, but you dispose how you would a domestic. BUT there is a charge of around £95.00 depending on the size of the unit.
  3. Most companies who sell refrigeration offer a collection and WEEE compliant disposal service too. Seeing that a new unit is being delivered does the supplier involved in selling the unit not offer this? Getting rid of refrigeration with a generic waste management company tends to be very expensive – we’ve asked ‘Grundon’ in the past for example and they have quoted around £250 for a single cabinet! However, suppliers like Foster are much cheaper if they are selling kit too – they will remove a like-for-like piece of refrigeration for around £60.
  4. Not sure about Staffordshire but Pentland Wholesale in Lancashire offer a disposal service – from around £40 per cabinet from memory if delivered to them.
  5. Ask the manufacturer to pick up on delivery of new unit.
  6. Firstly, the refrigerant will need to be reclaimed and a waste transfer notice completed and then we call the local recycling business in our case its wards recycling and they quote a cost to dispose of them, alternatively they can keep it at their premises until they have a few and hire a skip and dispose of them that way but you must tell the skip hire place that it’s refrigeration items as this is an additional charge. What we try to do to avoid this is ask the manufacturer of the new appliance to collect the old one and dispose of it which they will do for an additional cost normally around £60/£100 and it saves the time of reclaiming the gas and collecting it etc etc.
  7. Cef (city electrical factors) can offer the collection service nationwide from dealer premises, they won’t collect from site, but it will cost anything from £150 to £250 dependant on unit size.


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Can anyone recommend a suitable outfit for post installation equipment training for complete kitchen projects, similar to the service offered by Radford Chancellor?


  1. We’ve used Alan Evans in the past for end user training, as he’s an independent chef trainer. Tel: 07526 245430
  2. Richard Goodchild can offer this service (ex. KCCJ). Comprehensive experience with kitchen projects and now heading up Alset & Partners. Email: Tel: 0207 205 2296
  3. We arrange it ourselves with the manufacturers, producing a training schedule (that the staff sign to say they’ve been trained and which can be kept on their files) and we then co-ordinate on the day and then cover the basics ourselves such as cleaning of stainless steel, the fridges and items such as the slicer/mixer – so very basic.

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Commercial Kitchen Show 2018

Commercial Kitchen Show 2018

We are proud to be Lead Partner at this year’s Commercial Kitchen Show!

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 5th & 6th June, Commercial Kitchen is THE industry event. We’re using the opportunity to promote ceda and ceda Members to end-users, operators and customers – demonstrating why they should use a ceda Member for any Design, Project and Equipment products and services.

This is a great opportunity to bring together all our Members from across the UK to focus on association business, and to see the latest innovations and ideas from national and international catering equipment manufacturers and service providers, many of whom are our Partners and Associates.

There’s an All Members Meeting at 10am on Tuesday 5th June for Members only. ceda will be providing updates on past, present and future activities, followed by lunch at 12pm on the ceda stand. We have a lounge area stand where Members are free to hold meetings and use as a base throughout the two days, if required.

Many of our members and partners are involved in the show’s seminars on topics such as Food Service Design, Solid Fuel, Connectivity in Commercial Kitchens, Care Home Catering, Hospital Catering, Compact Kitchens and Italian Restaurant Kitchens.

ceda are also sponsoring the ‘Operator of the Year for Innovative Kitchen Design’ award at the inaugural Foodservice Equipment Journal (FEJ) Awards 2018 that take place during the show.

This year sees the launch of our new ceda Code of Practice and our new ceda video marketing campaign, both of which are aimed at highlighting the fantastic services ceda members provide. Our stand will offer a networking space, marketing workshops and highlight the ceda Grand Prix Awards Gallery putting the spotlight on the incredible work that our Members delivered to operators in the UK and overseas in 2017. Of particular note in this year’s ceda Grand Prix Awards Finalists gallery is our Overall Winner CHR Foodservice Equipment for their project at Moor Hall where they created a sustainable “centre of excellence for food” which included Michelin Accolades.

Register NOW!

ceda Members can register to attend and become VIP if they use a special code.

As a VIP, ceda Members will receive the following benefits:

  • Fast track entry to the show with their badge posted in advance
  • Access to the dedicated VIP Lounge, so they always have a place to relax
  • Complimentary refreshments served in the VIP lounge throughout both show days
  • Prosecco served from 12pm on both show days in the VIP lounge

Book your VIP tickets here
VIP code for ceda Members only: CKVP2

You Imagine | We Create

ceda’s Video Marketing Campaign

Our new ceda video was launched at this year’s conference and has been very well received. The video was developed by our marketing partners CreationADM and is the first of many that we will be producing with them to help explain what it means to be a ceda member.

Please feel free to forward this video on to your own clients and potential clients to help them understand what benefits they gain from dealing with a ceda member. Here’s the link to the video on the ceda YouTube channel

Sharing this link will take people straight to the video and there are other options for displaying it too, such as embedding a copy on your own website, sharing the video on social media or adding the link to your email footer.

We want the ceda message to go far and wide so please share away.

The video was designed in such a way that it can also be personalised to your own businesses. For those who would like to edit it, both the beginning and ending can be updated to include your company name and even your faces (once you’ve watched it all the way through you will know what we mean). There will be a cost associated with any new filming and editing but this is a great opportunity to develop your own marketing tools.

If you would like to discuss how to use and/or edit the video for your business please contact CreationADM on 0161 236 3939 or email

Court Catering's Nick Howe takes ceda Industry Personality Award 2018

Court Catering's Nick Howe takes ceda Industry Personality Award 2018

We were thrilled to award Nick Howe, MD of Court Catering Equipment, the Industry Personality Award at the ceda Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony on Friday 27th April at the Hilton hotel, St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

Court Catering Equipment MD, Nick Howe receiving his Industry Personality Award from Mechline Developments Commercial Director, Peter Galliford

Nick has had an illustrious career spanning four decades. He joined Court in 1980, working in various position across the business and eventually working his way up to to become MD in 1996. Outside of the catering industry, Nick is a decorated rower, having represented Britain in many competitions and won two World Championships in 1979, and again in 1980. He was also coach for the British Olympic rowing team!

The award was made all the more special for Nick, and us here at ceda, as it is the first time a father and son have received the accolade. Nick’s father, and founder of Court Catering, John Howe, collected the Industry Personality Award in 2003.

Nick was extremely humbled to receive the award and when giving his acceptance speech claimed he didn’t deserve it. Everyone at ceda thinks differently.

Congratulations to Nick and his family and to everyone at Court Catering Equipment.

ceda Conference 2018 Grand Prix winners!

ceda Conference 2018 Grand Prix winners!

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ceda Grand Prix Awards and ceda Supplier Awards 2018.

The deserving winners were unveiled at Friday night’s (27th April) Gala Dinner which concluded the two-day ceda Conference 2018 at The Hilton, St George’s Park in Burton on Trent.

Supplier Awards 2018

The awards recognise those companies that have provided outstanding service to ceda members and are in three categories, Heavy Equipment; Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares; and Outstanding Customer Service.

These categories are voted on by ceda members in the run up to the awards night with each ceda member being asked to list their top 3 suppliers in each category.

Heavy Equipment category
WINNER: Meiko UK Ltd
Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd
Rational UK Ltd

Award sponsored by Commercial Kitchen Show

Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares category
WINNER: Mechline Developments Ltd
First Choice Catering Spares Ltd

Outstanding Customer Service category
WINNER: Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd AND Rational UK Ltd
Meiko UK Ltd

Award sponsored by Professional Kitchen Show

Grand Prix Awards

Small Projects (up to £100k in value)
WINNER: Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd – Sorrel Restaurant

The Brief:
The brief required a theatre style kitchen that encompassed the latest cooking technology but installed in such a way that it integrated into the interior design of the 300-year old, Grade II- listed property.
The kitchen had to include bespoke fully fitted fabrication, installed to give clean lines and an easy maintainable hygienic finish. There was a requirement for a focal point within the kitchen that would add an element of theatricality. This was achieved by the use of a bespoke induction stove and fabricated island suite.

Clients Comments:
“I am extremely satisfied with the products and services that were offered. The restaurant has opened to critical acclaim and we are hopeful of achieving a future Michelin Star.”

CNG Foodservice Equipment Ltd – Porterhouse Butcher and Grill
Vision Commercial Kitchens – The Cat’s Pyjamas

Award sponsored by Bibby Finance

Small Projects winner Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd for Sorrel Restaurant

Medium Projects (between £100k and £300k)
WINNER: TAG Catering Equipment – Webbs Restaurant and Kitchen

The Brief:
To upgrade the existing facility into a modern high tech, bright, stylised, eating experience, in keeping with a garden centre. Provision for varied, flexible menu options for up to 2000 customers a day from young mums with babies to retired, older persons and all in between; reducing long queues, setting up automated ordering and table tracking, creating a cook to order service in an open kitchen so customers can see the food being freshly prepared. Finally, to increase the food uptake and increase the profit margin by reducing waste.

Clients Comments:
“TAG delivered a project of high standard, good aesthetics and excellent design. The ideas and look of the finished restaurant works perfectly in the environment and the layout is great! Everyone is happy, especially the accounts who have seen an increase in sales of over 30% in the new Restaurant”

C&C Catering Equipment Ltd – Randall & Aubin
TAG Catering Equipment – Ella Canta Mexican Restaurant and Destination Bar

Medium Projects winner: TAG Catering Equipment for Webbs Restaurant and Kitchen

Large Projects (over £300k)
WINNER: CHR Food Service Equipment – Moor Hall Restaurant

The Brief:
To create “a centre of excellence for food” which included Michelin Accolades.
This included 2 open kitchens, a central production/development kitchen, three prep areas, a reception bar, an open cheese room, an open wine room, areas for cheese production and ageing, dairy, butchery and meat ageing, a brewery and a charcuterie display.

Clients Comments:
“The work carried out by CHR for me and the team at Moor Hall has been exceptional. CHR had been extremely patient and accommodating through the whole design process. They were impressively knowledgeable and completely understand the needs of the business, what needed to be done and how that needed to be delivered.”

CNG Foodservice Equipment Ltd – Birnam Brasserie
TAG Catering Equipment – Rosewood Hotel, Staff Dining and Function Kitchen Refurbishment
Court Catering Equipment Ltd – Thomas’s School, Battersea

Award sponsored by Catering Insight

Large Projects winner: CHR Food Service Equipment for Moor Hall Restaurant

Project Management
WINNER: Vision Commercial Kitchens – The Ned Hotel

The Project:
The operators wished to transform the Grade 1 Listed former Midland Bank building into a hotel, which was originally designed by Sir Edward ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Within this historic building, plans were laid out to offer 9 restaurants, each with a completely different theme, style and menu.
Vision worked on 7 of the 11 floors to design and install a total of 12 kitchens and 12 bars from the lowest basement level to level eight.

Gastronorth Ltd – St Chad’s College
GS Catering Equipment Ltd – Tamesis
Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd – Cookhouse and Pub (Multiple)

Project Management winner: Vision Commercial Kitchens for The Ned Hotel

Outstanding Customer Service
WINNER: CHR Food Service Equipment – Real Junk Food, Manchester

Real Junk Food, Manchester is a ‘feed bellies not bins’ project launched in May 2014 as a not-for- profit, community interest company. The basic premise is to source food from supermarkets, wholesalers and food businesses that would otherwise have gone to waste and turn it into awesome meals which are sold on a ‘pay-as- you-feel’ basis.
The aim is to stamp out food waste and campaign for a more sustainable food system whilst supporting some of Manchester’s most vulnerable people.
Having operated from pop-up restaurants, they contacted CHR about the possibility of creating a permanent city-centre restaurant.
The final result, is a restaurant which has (to the end of November 2017) served over 5,000 meals to anyone and everyone from ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.

GS Catering Equipment Ltd – The Slaughter Manor House
Vision Commercial Kitchens – Snowdonia Nurseries

Outstanding Customer Service winner: CHR Food Service Equipment for Real Junk Food, Manchester

Overall Winner
Large Projects – CHR Foodservice Equipment – Moor Hall Restaurant

Judges Comments:
“CHR embraced Mark Birchall’s vision to make Moor Hall a sustainable centre of excellence for food. They solved many unique challenges along the way and delivered an outstanding project.”

Overall Winner: Large Projects – CHR Foodservice Equipment for Moor Hall Restaurant

A superb write-up on the Grand Prix Awards can be found on the Catering Insight website.

Get social with us at Conference

Are you on Twitter?

If so, then connect with us at @CEDAUK

The ceda Conference is now just a week away and we wanted to let you know how you can connect with us and join in the fun over the two-day event.

We’ll be using the ceda Twitter account to keep you informed of timings and everything that’s going on at Conference. We’ll be bringing you the all the news and highlights as well as snap-shots of all the action from the Business Day and the all important Grand Prix Awards.

We’ll be using the following official Conference hashtags (#), and encourage you all to use them too:


We want you to connect with us, and each other, as much as possible. By using these hashtags or mentioning us (@CEDAUK) in your Tweets and photos, we will easily be able to see your posts and retweet your content. We encourage you to retweet each other too.

We also want to use broader hashtags to try and get some attention outside of the Conference and into the larger catering and restaurant industries. Some examples we will be using include:

#foodstagram – this one is specifically for Instagram and could be used to share food pictures of the Thursday and Friday night dinners.

We’ll also use #ThursdayThoughts and #FridayFeeling which are hugely popular, generic hashtags that will help us spread the ceda message outside of the Conference to the wider world.

We encourage you to get involved and use a mixture of these hashtags in your own Tweets. Please try and use a ceda related hashtag as well as a more generic one so you, ceda, and the Conference can benefit from maximum exposure.

We can’t wait to see you at Conference and look forward to seeing all your tweets from the event.