Wednesday 15th November 2017

09.30 - Golf and GoKarting

19.00 - Informal Networking Dinner in Aid of Springboard

Thursday 16th November 2017

08.30 - Registration; coffee and exhibition viewing

09.15 - Conference opens
Steph McGovern, BBC TV Presenter

09.20 - Welcome
Glenn Roberts, CESA Chairman

To be joined by FCSI and ENSE and other association reps for photo call.

09.30 - Economic Update
Steph McGovern
For over a decade, Steph has reported on business and finance from around the world.  She has seen the recent changes to both the national and international economy and with Brexit negotiations underway as Britain leaves the EU, can bring this insight to the conference programme.

10.00 - Restaurant and dining Trends
Steve Gotham, Director of Insight, MCA Insight
Eating out and food culture in Britain has changed rapidly over the past few years with the number of outlets serving the market increasing.  During his presentation, Steve will update delegates on the latest information and data to help equipment suppliers make informed business decisions to support the upcoming changes.

10.30 - Public Sector Trends
Andrew Archer, Managing Director, Dewberry Redpoint
Following on from Steve’s presentation on the profit sector, Andrew will give an overview of the trends within the public sector covering schools, hospitals and the care sector and contract caterers.

10.45 - Networking & Coffee break

11.15 - Technology and Innovation
Jeremy White of Wired magazine
Responsible for WIRED’s coverage of all new products, Jeremy looks at the latest design, material and technological innovations. He considers how rapid advances in technology, user interfaces and design will affect businesses and how they see themselves. He also reflects on what makes a good new product, how innovation is encouraged, and how the best companies view the design, and re-design of products.

12.00 - Connected Equipment – Future or Folly?
Gary Meehan
For close to three decades Gary has worked with leading food equipment brands as a digital strategy, software development and marketing consultant. Gary will discuss how the secret to the success of connected equipment lies in a better understanding of what operators really want and why proprietary systems will continue to be one of the major obstacles to wide spread demand and adoption.

12.30 - Lunch and exhibition viewing

14.00 - CFSP certificate presentation
Glenn Roberts, CESA Chairman
Followed by:
Education and Training support for CESA Members

Simon Frost, past CESA Chairman

14.15 - Apprenticeships – what you need to know
Allan MacDonald, SEMTA/EAL

14.30 - Delivering change
Robin Clark, Restaurant Services Director, Just Eat
With the advent of food delivery concepts such as Just Eat how does this affect eating out of home? Will it mean less kitchens and restaurants as customers can call major fast food chains and restaurants to have their food delivered? Hear from Robin on the potential changes to catering and food service equipment as this sector of the market continues to develop.

15.00 - Developments at Fresh Montgomery
Ross Carter, Fresh Montgomery

15.15 - Coffee and exhibition viewing

15.45 - Keynote final address
Michael Portillo
Michael controlled public spending as Chief Treasury Secretary, then led both Employment and Defence. He’s now an accomplished broadcaster. Often considered the greatest leader the Conservative Party never had, Michael talks about the problem with politicians and the humbling effect of his famed rejection by the voters of Enfield and Southgate.

16.40 - Closing remarks
Glenn Roberts, CESA Chairman

16.45 - CESA AGM (CESA Members only)

17.15 - Day closes

19.00 - Gala Awards Dinner

Friday 17th November 2017

As part of the CESA conference at DeVere Wokefield Estate this November, there will be a free-to-attend bonus session for delegates on Friday 17th November, with a breakfast discussion panel on the Smart Kitchen.

The panel will be led by Gary Meehan who, for almost 30 years, has worked with food equipment brands as a digital strategy, software development and marketing consultant. His focus has been to help them make better use of digital systems, applications and technology, to streamline operations and enhance the customer experience. As a strong advocate for the benefits associated with ‘smart connected kitchens' he has spent the last four years leading the development of a common information, asset and lifecycle management ecosystem for the foodservice industry.

The breakfast session will consider if the future of the Smart Kitchen really depends on increased collaboration and an open standard. “What happens if the trend continues down the path of ‘stand alone’ applications and systems?” Gary asks. “We will look at what that means for the future of the Smart Kitchen.”

The session will be held over breakfast at the De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel. Attendees will be invited to ask questions and contribute to the debate. “We want to start an open dialogue to identify and discuss the obstacles and the opportunities that the Smart Kitchen will bring,” says Gary.

Places are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. The Smart Kitchen session will be free to attend for Conference delegates – register to attend by emailing or by clicking the button on the booking form when you book your delegate place here.