FEA has announced that its annual industry conference will run on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September 2021, at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.
The 2020 conference had to be cancelled and in previous years the event has happened in November.
Steve Hobbs, chair of FEA, said: “The conference is the most important annual forum for the foodservice equipment industry. As a result of the pandemic many companies are in a state of flux so we felt it was important to run it earlier. Conference is an opportunity for the industry to exchange ideas as we all look to jump-start the market and rebuild our businesses.”
Given the unprecedented events of the past 12 months – not to mention Brexit – this year’s industry conference will have some noteworthy issues to address. Several of the topics on the agenda will have been selected by FEA members, following a poll of their views and wishes.
Numbers are likely to be restricted, but FEA believes the 2021 event will be as thought-provoking and industry-relevant as its predecessors, as well as giving delegates a long-awaited and welcome opportunity to network face to face.
The FEA AGM will take place on 15 September, followed by the informal dinner. The next day sees the main conference day, exhibition and awards dinner. Plans are currently being drawn up for other networking activities, depending on restrictions.
The Chesford Grange offers a conference venue, while the hotel combines the character of a historic manor house with modern facilities including a spa. Surrounded by 17 acres of countryside, it’s accessible by motorway and is a short cab ride from Kenilworth or Warwick railway stations.
Hobbs said: “We’ll be announcing further details soon. For now, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the dates for 2021.”