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First Choice and Combico experts to speak at upcoming Catering Equipment Technical Conference

28th September 2018

First Choice’s Martin Dagnall and Steve James are set to share their expertise with the foodservice industry at the upcoming Catering Equipment Technical Conference.

Taking place at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel from October 9th to 10th, the annual Catering Equipment Technical Conference is organised in association with ceda and CESA to bring together the industry’s leading experts.

The two-day conference, which offers presentations and updates on key topics currently of relevance in the market, is well knowns for its yearly roster of top class speakers, and this year, two of First Choice’s experts will be taking to the stand.

Martin Dagnall, who is the Technical Training Manager of First Choice’s training arm, Combico UK, will be delivering a Technical Training Update, giving cesa and CEDA members a run-through of what is available to their engineers and will be speaking at 2.55pm on the Wednesday.

With nearly 30 years experience within the commercial catering industry, Martin, has spent his career honing catering engineer knowledge. He initially started out as an electro-mechanical engineer before moving on to become Service Manager for Rational, developing the manufacturer’s service levels and the training and support available to engineers before setting up Rational Technical Services in Ireland.

“In 2015 I returned to England to take up the role of Technical Training Manager at Combico UK,” said Martin, “the training division of First Choice where I have been able to work closely with the industry’s trade association to develop a series a training courses which are available to commercial catering engineers, including ACS accreditations, electrical and equipment training.”

First Choice’s Refrigeration Development Manager, Steve James, will also be sharing his knowledge at the event when he hosts a surgery specifically about refrigeration, which you can book here:

Steve cut his teeth as an engineer for Phillips Commercial and now puts his wealth of experience to good use by heading up the Commercial Refrigeration division from First Choice’s Cannock offices, overseeing the company’s growth within the commercial catering refrigeration and air conditioning spares market, as well providing technical support to the ceda TSG.

Steve said: “I am thrilled to be hosting my Refrigeration surgery at the upcoming Catering Equipment Technical Conference and I am looking forward to seeing to seeing everyone who will be attending.”

First Choice will be exhibiting at the October conference and will be on hand to catch up with industry associates old and new.

To register your place at the Catering Equipment Technical Conference, visit

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