CESA restates commitment to fight for free trade

As political deadlock clears, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) will continue to fight for the interests of the foodservice equipment industry.

The UK’s election on 12 December saw the Conservatives win a resounding majority largely on their promise to 'Get Brexit Done'. This will almost certainly enable the new administration to bring back the Withdrawal Arrangement Bill before Christmas and get it passed unamended, allowing Britain to leave the European Union and begin formal negotiations on the future relationship of the United Kingdom and the EU.

Throughout the last three years CESA, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, has been the main advocate for the interests of all foodservice equipment suppliers, manufacturers, importers, dealers and distributors. As the moment of political deadlock appears to be passing, this work will be focussed on holding to the new government to account.

Chief executive of CESA Keith Warren said, “Since the referendum we’ve been working hard to prepare the Brexit groundwork for our industry. We will be active in representing our member’s interests at the trade talks.

'One vital area is the campaign for no regulatory divergence, as this would increase the cost of manufacturing and potentially make the UK a dumping ground for non-compliant equipment.

“All of our members want tariff free trade to remain, as anything else will increase prices, leading to negative impacts on the market.”

Moving forwards, Warren is keen to reassure members. “EFCEM (the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers) will continue to represent us in European policy developments, ensuring that even if the UK doesn’t have a seat at the EU table, our sector’s voice continues to be heard. EFCEM has a strong record of success in these discussions”

With a clearer path forward now emerging, Warren remains cautiously optimistic. He concluded, “This result gives the country certainty and a clarity of purpose. Hopefully this will eventually lead to increased investment, and consumer confidence that will benefit the whole supply chain.”

CESA is the authoritative voice of the foodservice equipment industry, representing 200 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment - from utensils to full kitchen schemes.