Jack Sharkey reviews the year for CEDA

CEDA chairman and MD of Vision Commercial Kitchens, Jack Sharkey, has written to the association’s membership to take stock of its achievements this year.

“It has been a busy and productive 2015 for CEDA, its members, partner businesses and allied organisations. Just from a business and sales perspective the quarterly confidence surveys of CEDA members show improved margins and really strong growth in orders, especially those connected with restaurant and hotel projects,” he stated.

“This has added to CEDA’s own upward impetus, along with our director general Adam Mason settling well into his role. Adam is working hard to make CEDA the first port of call for end-users looking for outstanding service and support when it comes to professional kitchen and front-of-house projects.”

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Sharkey detailed that CEDA has worked to add greater value to its members and partners, including this year’s launch of the CEDA Academy to act as “a forum and force for positive change from the industry’s young and emerging talent”.

He reported: “Following the Academy’s first meeting, three key topics of education and learning development, sustainability and supply chain emerged as ongoing focus points, giving them core goals to reach a range of positive outcomes.”

Looking ahead, he explained that CEDA’s strategic five year plan, resulting from Mason’s consultations with the membership, will be launched at the CEDA 2016 Conference on 14-15 April at St George’s Park Hilton, Burton upon Trent. The event will also see PKS’ MD Kevin Davies take the reigns as chairman.

Sharkey concluded: “Members will also have the additional value of access to a new suite of technical and administrative documents in 2016, plus the association, its members, partners and associates will benefit from added impetus into the CEDA education programme and we will be launching some new and additional initiatives that we are currently working on.”

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