More than 80 representatives of the catering equipment industry were invited to the House of Lords yesterday to celebrate CESA’s 75th anniversary.
Executives from a selection of CESA’s 160 members got to put any competitive differences they may have had aside to enjoy a three-course lunch in the famous venue’s Cholmondeley Room, overlooking the Thames.
CESA’s 39th and current chair, Carford Group boss Nick Oryino, paid tribute to those that had built up the association over the years, noting that it originally started out as CEMA (Catering Equipment Manufacturers Association) when it was founded in 1938.
At the time, it consisted of just 12 companies, he said. Today, CESA’s remit encompasses the full spectrum of equipment and ancillary services, as well as utensils and tableware suppliers.
The original founders of CESA were Carron, Stills, Falkirk Iron Works (now Falcon), Stotts, Benham, Greens, Bartletts, Brownson, Stangard, Hodgkinson, Dawson and Samuel Groves & Co.
Yesterday’s event was hosted by the Rt Hon Lord Trefgarne, the patron of CESA, while a speech was given by conservative MP Lord Younger, parliamentary under secretary of state for intellectual property at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.