Catering equipment consultant Doug Fryett will be delivering the findings of the ‘Mind the Gap Too’ research project as part of the Business Day programme at the CESA Conference 2016, taking place on Friday 18 November at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, near Birmingham.

‘Mind the Gap Too’ is specially commissioned research by CESA to identify the causes and potential remedies to the key industry issue of sticking to the specification.

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Fryett’s presentation will be followed by a panel session interpreting the research findings with specialists representing distributors – Julian Shine, MD of Shine Food Machinery; manufacturers – David Riley, MD, Hobart Warewash UK; operators – Simon Esner of Westbury Street Holdings; consultants – Gareth Sefton, MD, SHW Design; plus a yet to be announced panellist representing the construction sector.

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This lively debate forms part of a topical business day programme including a high profile session giving the latest economic, political and legal consequences following the referendum result on Britain leaving the European Union.

This will comprise an economic update from BBC journalist and presenter, Evan Davis, who will also be hosting the day, a political issues dissection by Malcolm Harbour MEP, and a legal implications presentation by Oliver Bretz of Euclid Law.

The day concludes with a keynote final address by Matt Dawson, former England rugby team captain.

The business programme is complemented by networking opportunities including a CESA golf day or Land Rover driving experience on Thursday 17 November, followed by the informal fundraising dinner in the evening, with the menu devised by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Furthermore, the Friday evening will see the black tie gala and awards dinner including the presentation of the FCSI Sustainable Equipment Award and the CESA Outstanding Contribution Award.