Commercial Kitchen, the UK’s kitchen equipment, services and design show, is heading to London ExCeL for what it feels will be its ‘biggest edition yet’ next year on 3-4 June.
Following Commercial Kitchen’s relocation announcement earlier this month, industry luminaries have backed its decision to head to the nation’s food capital for 2020. Home to some 27,000+ commercial kitchens (including hospitals, schools, hotels, pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways), the show’s organisers feel that London is the perfect host city for the event’s long-term growth and continued success as a nationwide show.
Since the move was revealed, organiser Diversified Communications UK says the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with glowing reviews, testimonials and messages of support pouring in.
Dealers backing the move include David Burnett, director at Fulcrum Commercial Kitchens, who said: “I think Commercial Kitchen this year really cemented its place in the industry’s annual calendar. The move to ExCeL will only add to the standing of this event, attract greater footfall and encourage more exhibitors to sign up. Long live Commercial Kitchen!”
While Tim Whitfield, director at GastroNorth, added: “Commercial Kitchen is a fantastic show that benefits all CEDA members. We look forward to visiting in 2020 in London.”
Jack Sharkey, MD of Vision Commercial Kitchens said: “Commercial Kitchen seems to be getting bigger and better each year. Every time I go there is something new to see.’’
And Tyron Stephens-Smith, project and creative director, TAG UK remarked: “Commercial Kitchen’s live talks and seminars create a fantastic level of interaction between operators, manufacturers and designers. We’re excited to hear about the move to ExCeL, which should see this grow even further to new heights.”
Event manager Katie Tyler commented: “Commercial Kitchen has become firmly established as the two days a year where the industry meets, launches innovations and does business. We’ve already had a fantastic response to the move from senior end user buyers, kitchen houses, distributors and installers, who very much see Commercial Kitchen as their industry show, wherever it’s based. Their message is clear: it’s the right choice, at the right time, and the industry will continue to support their industry show.”
The show’s association supporters, including CEDA – lead partner since the show’s launch in 2016, are among those backing the move.
As are big name manufacturers and suppliers such as Unox UK, Lincat, Hupfer, Roller Grill (UK), Synergy Grill, Jestic Foodservice Equipment, Altro, Univent Systems, Space Group, True Refrigeration, Regale Microwaves, Viessmann Refrigeration Systems, Multivac UK, Purified Air, Shelfspan and Klipspringer, who rebooked onsite for the London show.
Summing up his exhibitor experience Gary Nunn, MD of Unox UK (which will showcase its latest innovations across three stands next year), said: “We saw even more top quality buyers at Commercial Kitchen 2019 and did not hesitate to sign up for the next edition. The London move allows for an even greater diversity of visitors nationwide to attend their industry focused show.”
Among those buyers were some of the biggest catering equipment purchasers and specifiers working in foodservice and hospitality today. According to the latest stats from the show: 63% of attendees identified as being end user operators. Nearly one in four are responsible for an annual corporate spend of over £1m. While 13% of buyers at the show had a purchasing power of over £5m (up from 11% in 2018).
Commercial Kitchen’s fifth anniversary show in London is expected to boost its visitor attendance significantly and further increase ROI for its exhibitors, according to the organiser.
“London has the best transport links in the UK making it even easier for all types of buyers from all types of kitchens to attend – whether they’re traveling across the city, county or country and potentially overseas,” said Tyler. “When the Elizabeth line/Crossrail opens, Commercial Kitchen at ExCeL London will become even more accessible from both Heathrow and central London in minutes.
“We are busy planning for 2020 and are excited to reveal our new features soon.”