The reformation of the UK chapter of the FCSI continues to gain momentum after the association said it was planning for a strong 2017 that will include a busy calendar of events and meetings.
FCSI members gathered at the Royal Institute of British Architects last week for the first meeting since GY5’s Julian Edwards was appointed chairman in August.
Mr Edwards updated the meeting on a range of topics including the new board structure, the society’s aims for the next year and his vision for engaging more closely with other industry bodies and associations.
Despite a turbulent 12 months that saw the UK arm disband after a dispute with its EAME counterparts, only to reform again under a new leadership team, the FCSI said there was a strong consensus from those present at the meeting that the FCSI remains a trusted and highly regarded professional body within the industry and has an important role to play.
Speaking at last month’s CESA Conference, Mr Edwards said that he was happy that the FCSI’s UK arm was now back on its feet with a plan to move forward.
“I am delighted to report that we have had a couple of meetings with our colleagues in Europe and in America and it really is business as normal,” he told catering equipment suppliers. “At our next big event in December we will have about 70 representatives from allied members and professional members; it will be our biggest turnout of consultants ever for this first event in 2016, so it is all business as normal. We have got an exciting plan for next year and so the future is looking very bright.”
The FCSI has now proposed a series of meetings and events for 2017 including various professional member meetings, a culinary food tour of London, an association collaboration event in April and an education and networking day in June.