VIP catering equipment programme connects buyers with suppliers

Hotelympia entrance

CESA is aiming to give catering equipment buyers a shortcut to the specific products they are looking for at next year’s Hotelympia exhibition by launching a special VIP programme.

The initiative means group buyers can have a bespoke schedule created for them to meet relevant suppliers of the products at pre-planned, timed meetings. They can choose whether they want to meet business or technical personnel.

“The scheme will save time for genuine buyers,” says Keith Warren, director of CESA. “They’ll get to talk to the people they need to, without having to wait – because the exhibitors involved have committed themselves to blocking the time.”

Warren added that with more than 170 member companies in CESA, the association represents a rich source of industry knowledge.

He said buyer at Hotelympia who has a question about catering equipment can find the answer on the CESA stand, either through the association’s own personnel, or by accessing its network of members.

Hotelympia will also see the launch of CFSP Enhance, the latest addition to CESA’s Certified Food Service Professional (CFSP) accreditation scheme, which is designed to raise professionalism in the foodservice industry by improving knowledge of kitchen operation.

CFSP Enhance keeps all those with CFSP accreditation up to speed with the latest issues, legislation and regulations. For example, they will be sent early copies of new information and guides from organisations such as The Food Standards Agency.

There are now hundreds of CFSP-accredited professionals in the UK, with CESA reporting that courses are getting booked up more quickly than ever.

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