CESA’s annual conference gets underway at the Savill Court Hotel in Surrey today.
This year’s affair has the theme of ‘Setting the Standards’ and is designed to stimulate lively debate, covering topics as varied as the business environment, technology and building information modelling (BIM).
Suppliers are taking part in a golf tournament or Mercedes World driving experience this morning, with a networking dinner to follow tonight.
Tomorrow is the main speaker programme, with BBC business reporter Steph McGovern chairing the day’s events.
Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has been booked as the keynote speaker, while Dennis Turner, formerly of HSBC Bank, will present an informed view of the economic outlook.
Other speakers include an executive from the Carbon Trust and Marks & Spencer’s head of hospitality and counters.
The event will culminate with a Gala Dinner on Friday evening featuring the FCSI Sustainable Catering Equipment Award and the Outstanding Contribution to the Catering Equipment Industry Award.
“This event mixes high profile, insightful presentations with the opportunity to network with over 200 of the industry’s top figures,” said Nick Oryino, chair of CESA. “It brings together foodservice operators, consultants, manufacturers and distributors and unveils the very latest industry thinking from speakers at the heart of the issues.”