Catering Insight got an exclusive preview of the new National Catering Equipment Centre (NCEC) in Bristol yesterday, which will be officially opening on 19 September.
A new brand in the Nisbets group, the facility is billed as ‘the UK’s first permanent catering equipment exhibition centre’. The vast 20,000ft2 building showcases products from over 50 leading equipment brands from across the industry.
Manufacturers which have partnered with the NCEC were able to tailor their own stand to their requirements. Brands that have already confirmed their involvement include: Dynamic, Olympia, Samsung, Hoshizaki, Thor, Winterhalter, Burco, Lincat, Pira, Polar, Buffalo, Waring, Churchill and Steelite.
NCEC sees itself as a centre of excellence for the catering equipment industry providing a variety of users, from operators to dealers, consultants to chefs, with a unique venue to discover, train, network and to become immersed within everything to do with catering equipment.
Launching as a permanent space to showcase many major brands, the NCEC also boasts a fully functional training and demonstration kitchen where onsite development chef, Dean Starling will be available to provide advice on all types of equipment, as well as helpful hints on menu development and onsite catering. Distributors will be able to use this facility to educate their sales staff or bring their end user customers along to view and train on a wide variety of appliances.
NCEC manager Laura Clarkson detailed: “Up until now, the hospitality industry has not really had somewhere to call home. Football has Wembley, Rugby has Twickenham and now the hospitality industry has the NCEC. We believe the NCEC will quickly become the place to visit for anyone involved with catering equipment, from dealers to distributors, through to operators, consultants and chefs.”
CESA director Keith Warren has given his full support to the initiative, saying: “The NCEC is an exciting initiative for the hospitality industry. By allowing customers to try equipment before they buy it, it will provide a real service to both operators and the supply chain.”
Clarkson added: “One of the key benefits of having all of these superior brands within one place is that demonstrations can be set up in the kitchen, allowing a customer to test drive a particular oven, blender or induction hob (for example) before making the purchase. As visitors will be able to touch, feel and see the equipment in action, they will be able to make a more informed purchasing decision.”
Click HERE for a special sneak preview photo gallery of the NCEC.
Look out for the October edition of Catering Insight for an in-depth exploration of the new centre.