CEDA instigates new member recruitment drive


The Catering Equipment Distributors Association is enlisting the help of its supplier partners to recruit new members.CEDA currently has a membership of around 80 of the country’s leading professional distributors, and members’ turnover returns suggest that the majority of equipment sold in the UK is either sold or maintained by a CEDA member company.

Jack Sharkey, CEDA Chairman states: “While there are no accurate directories of catering equipment distributors who meet the criteria for CEDA membership, we estimate that there are around 300 companies who could potentially become members. These companies are all customers of our supplier partners, so it makes sense to ask our partners for help in identifying suitable candidates.”

For full membership of CEDA companies must be professionally managed and operate from commercial premises. They must also be able to show satisfactory financial trading for at least three years and be prepared to abide by the CEDA Customer Charter and Code of Good Practice.

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Potential members must also offer advice on selection of equipment including kitchen design; supply of equipment including project management; Installation of equipment including commissioning; and after sales service.

“It is not necessary that all services use in house labour but if subcontractors are used the distributor has a responsibility to ensure that they are adequately qualified, insured and meet all the same criteria as if they were direct employees,” says Sharkey.

The key benefits of membership are:
• Credibility
• Promotion
• Information
• Education and training
• Co-operation

Any distributor interested in joining CEDA should contact the CEDA office on 01386 793911 or email
More details can be found on the CEDA website


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