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CEDA conference gets underway

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The Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) annual conference started yesterday (April 11th).

More than 80 catering equipment companies from across the UK will head to the five-star Fairmont St Andrews Bay Hotel in Fife for the two-day event.

Its theme is 'the art of war' and a number of eminent speakers will provide industry insight and look into what the coming years might hold for the sector.

The 2013 Conference will once again be in partnership with the Foodservice Consultants Society International and Cedabond, ensuring the industry is provided with a quality networking event and the opportunity to share their recent experiences and ideas for the future.

A specialist panel of experienced business leaders will participate in the ‘view from the hill’, which is a reflection on the current and foreseen economic and market conditions in the sector. 

These include John Vincent, founder of Leon Restaurants and currently government advisor on school meals, James Horler, chief executive of 3Sixty Restaurants and Phil Hooper, corporate affairs director at Sodexo.

Sir Richard Needham will speak about how catering equipment firms can compete against the economic downturn and Keith Warren, director of the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, will discuss how EU regulations are going to affect the industry.

Other speakers include renowned chef and media personality Steven Saunders. He will lead a discussion about the 'art of survival, business lessons and tools' alongside Rachel Mallows, who has been providing a complementary range of services to businesses, charities, organisations and individuals since 1988.

John Dyson of the British Hospitality Association and Nicola Boyd-Stevenson of the Foodservice Consultants Society International will make a presentation about outsourcing and procurement.

The business day of the conference will be rounded off by an entertaining presentation by motivational speaker Jim Lawless, author of the training programme 'Taming Tigers'.

CEDA was founded in 1971 and its mission is to encourage and assist its members with training, advice and support to operate profitable businesses that are recognised as delivering the highest standards of service and value for money.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801570641-ADNFCR

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