CESA chief calls for unity between trade bodies

CESA’s new chair, Nick Oryino, has called for more collaboration between the market’s main trade bodies for the greater good of the industry.

One of the key objectives for the Carford Group chief’s two-year tenure is to encourage closer co-operation in the catering equipment supply chain.

“We need to encourage a more collaborative, inclusive approach,” he said. “There are critical challenges facing the industry, economic, environmental, workforce skills, and so on. As manufacturers, distributors or consultants, the best way to help foodservice operators meet those challenges is to work together, to put our differences behind us and focus on the synergies.”

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Uniquely for a chair of CESA, Oryino has previously been chair of CEDA, the Catering Equipment Distributors Association.

Last month Oryino told Catering Insight that while he believes there is a need for CESA and CEDA to unite as one voice on behalf of the industry for common issues, such as technical matters and education, he certainly doesn’t have any intention of undermining either body’s independence.

“Some people say my aim is to have the two associations suddenly join — it isn’t, because I think they are two different associations and there are different aspects and different thing that members want from them,” he said. “But there are an awful lot of things that the associations can be doing to work together more closely. There are going to be more and more synergies as time goes on and less and less divisions in my opinion.”

Oryino joined Carford in 1982 as the company’s fourth service engineer. In 2001, as managing director, he completed a management buyout with fellow employee, Richard Weller, merging Carford Catering Equipment and Carford Services into Carford Group, which had a turnover of £5m.

Today the company has a turnover of £14m and employs 132 staff, including 70 service engineers.

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