A new permanent industry exhibition centre described as the ‘Wembley’ or ‘Twickenham’ of the catering equipment world is being launched in Bristol later this month.
The ‘National Catering Equipment Centre’ (NCEC) is the brainchild of Nisbets and will feature all of the brands that it is known to exclusively supply, as well as dozens of others. Trade body CESA has given its full endorsement of the project.
The 20,000 square foot facility will provide operators, dealers, consultants and chefs with a dedicated venue to discover, train, network and test catering equipment.
Visitors will initially be able to see products from more than 50 brands when the site officially opens on September 19, including Dynamic, Olympia, Samsung, Hoshizaki, Thor, Winterhalter, Burco, Lincat, Pira, Polar, LEC, Buffalo, Waring, Churchill and Steelite.
Additionally, Nisbets has moved its Avonmouth clearance outlet within the NCEC.
Laura Clarkson, who will run the NCEC, said: “Up until now, the hospitality industry has not really had somewhere to call home. Football has Wembley, rugby has Twickenham and now the hospitality industry has the NCEC. We believe the NCEC will quickly become the place to visit for anyone involved with catering equipment, from dealers to distributors, through to operators, consultants and chefs.”
The NCEC will also boast a fully functional training and demonstration kitchen where NCEC onsite development chef, Dean Starling, will be available to provide advice on all types of equipment, as well as helpful hints on menu development and onsite catering.
“One of the key benefits of having all of these superior brands within one place is that demonstrations can be set up in the kitchen, allowing a customer to test drive a particular oven, blender or induction hob, for example, before making the purchase,” said Clarkson. “As visitors will be able to touch, feel and see the equipment in action, they will be able to make a more informed purchasing decision.”
Keith Warren, director of CESA, gave his full support to the initiative: “The NCEC is an exciting initiative for the hospitality industry. By allowing customers to try equipment before they buy it, it will provide a real service to both operators and the supply chain.”
More details about the NCEC can be found here.