The event provided a networking opportunity for service engineers and managers. CESA chairman Nick Oryino remembered being part of the very first technical conference, which took place at Hobart's old London office and was attended by eight people. CEDA chairman Jack Sharkey welcomed delegates to the event. With more than 100 attendees taking part it was the largest Technical Conference yet. The morning sessions saw presentations on kitchen ventilation regs, health and safety, EU legislation and apprenticeships. Nathan Baker from EU Skills urged the catering equipment industry to draw inspiration from what the power sector has done to promote career opportunities to young people. Kevin Davis from Professional Kitchen Service ran an informative (and sometimes colourful!) workshop on gas safety inspections. John Young from the Institution of Occupational Health & Safety outlined how to handle 'work prevention officers'. Bryan Whitaker delivered an update on the EU directives affecting the manufacture and installation of catering equipment.