As vibrant and robust as the hospitality industry has been during the past few years, there has recently been a slight feeling of uncertainty, with a slowing wider economy and the potential disruption from Brexit combining to make the outlook seem a little less bright.

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The Prime Minister has now provided some much-needed clarity about the position of hospitality workers originating in the European Union in an announcement that has been welcomed across the sector – https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/505827/governments-offer-to-eu-citizens-positively-received-by-sector.

The industry received a further boost in June when the Commercial Kitchen 2017 trade show took place at Birmingham’s NEC, attracting exhibitors and customers from across the country and underlining the buoyancy of this sector despite discouraging external factors.

Commercial Kitchen 2017

The event, which is the UK’s flagship exhibition for catering supplies, was held on 6 – 7 June. Always popular, this year’s event attracted an astonishing 1775 attendees, many of whom had impressive purchasing power. There was, for instance, an 18 % increase in visitors responsible for corporate budgets of more than £5 million. One in four attendees said they managed an annual spend of £1 million.

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The presence of so many decision-makers and influencers was an especially heartening feature of the event, allowing distributors and installers to meet with those who shape the industry, and giving them a useful, and potentially lucrative, insight into key clients’ ambitions and requirements going forward. Adele Hing, kitchen and development manager at Nando’s, summarised the event as being “simply unmissable,” which is quite an endorsement from a representative of that catering behemoth.

Innovation

The hospitality industry has never shied away from the challenges of the future and has been at the cutting edge of innovation. Think, for example, of commercial refrigeration, like the models sold by https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/commercial-refrigeration, and the seismic change it made to the profitability, safety and efficiency of the catering sector. Commercial Kitchen is a standard bearer of this inventiveness and proudly showcases the year’s most exciting new products.

Innovation awards were presented in three categories – gold, silver and bronze – and the winners in each section faced fierce competition. Just to exemplify the standard: Carpigiani UK’s ‘The Ready’, which was an award winner, is a remarkable machine which can mix, heat and freeze food.

Unsurprisingly, 65 % of attendees signed up for next year’s show!