Seven new distributors were accepted into the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) at the organisation’s most recent board meeting, it has been confirmed.
The addition of the seven dealers brings the number of new members that have been inducted into CEDA so far this year to 12, including three service companies. There are now in excess of 80 distributors in the group.
The latest dealers accepted into the association include Catersure, Dawson Design Projects, Holmes Catering Equipment, Joynsons, Swift Maintenance Services, Tailor Made Catering Equipment Services and Arthur Walton.
CEDA says that the latest members reflect its appeal to both emerging and established companies. Arthur Walton and Joynsons have been trading for more than 50 years, while Swift Maintenance Services has been in business for 40 years.
Harry Ward, director of Catersure, has been involved with CEDA in the past from a technical capacity and said it made sense for his business to join the association.
“In the past I worked as technical director for a CEDA member and came to appreciate some of the benefits from the membership, in particular, the forward-thinking, technical steering group which produced many innovative ideas,” he explained. “Now as a business owner, I feel that Catersure should take advantage of the benefits that CEDA has to offer, while also being able to contribute some of our experience.”
Jim Stevens, managing director of TailorMade Catering Equipment Services, said it had applied for membership in order to be involved with driving the distribution market forward for the good of the industry.
“Our industry does need an impartial yet professional body where companies like ours can get together and exchange ideas and knowledge,” he said. “There are still too many areas of uncertainty in this industry where clarification is still required or better solutions can be implemented – CEDA can help with this.”
As well as keeping members updated with legislative, health and environmental policy advice, CEDA continues to be heavily involved in shaping technical initiatives.
This year has seen it actively involved with the IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers) panel drafting the standard (UP19), which will replace Gas Safe Register Technical Bulletin 140.
The document is regarded by many in the industry as being flawed and CEDA is fighting to get a number of issues changed, including the method for measuring CO2 and the threshold at which actions must be taken.
The association is also working closely with WRAS to get the Approved Catering Installer Scheme that CEDA has promoted to its members accepted under the Water Safe scheme, which has been set up along the lines of Gas Safe Register to help customers find qualified plumbers and in the case of catering, qualified installation engineers.