With just over three weeks to go until doors open for its second edition, Commercial Kitchen has been shortlisted for ‘Best Tradeshow Launch’ and ‘Best Tradeshow under 2,000sqm’ by the Association of Event Organisers, in its hotly contested annual Excellence Awards.

The first dedicated trade show for the UK’s entire commercial kitchen industry, Commercial Kitchen is now one of only a few events to ever have been shortlisted by the AEO as a finalist in both these categories (Diversified UK’s Casual Dining show also enjoyed the honour in 2014).

The exhibition industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, the double award nomination reflects the show’s highly-focused appeal.  The 2016 event welcomed over 1,700 attendees, including many of the biggest catering equipment purchasers and specifiers from across the foodservice sector.  Attracting the right quality of visitor was key to the show’s success.  Resulting in glowing testimonials from exhibitors and visitors alike.  Now, with visitor pre-registrations tracking ahead for 2017 and exhibition space almost sold-out, it’s hoping to score top marks with the AEO Awards judges too.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be nominated for these prestigious awards, ahead of the show’s second edition next month.  It really is a wonderful endorsement for the show,” says group event director Chris Brazier.

“It’s also a great recognition of the impact that Commercial Kitchen has made within the industry in just its first year.  We’re excited to be able to share this nomination with our innovative exhibitors, association and media partners, and all the incredible end users, distributors, project houses and consultants that will be attending the show.”

“To be nominated for these two awards, especially for a launch show is fantastic.  Feedback from exhibitors and visitors following the show has been phenomenal and we’re excited to build on this for the show’s second edition on 6-7 June,” says marketing manager Nina Jones.

“Commercial Kitchen is the ideal show to visit, whether it’s to sense check your kitchen equipment against other brands or to find new suppliers of equipment to suit your kitchen needs. It’s a must attend,” says Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young’s Pubs and Geronimo Inns.

Commercial Kitchen returns to the NEC Birmingham on 6-7 June.  Show features include a free two-day seminar programme, the Innovation Challenge Awards, and CEDA Awards Gallery.

The annual AEO Excellence Awards recognises achievements by organisers, venues, suppliers and contractors across the exhibitions industry.  This year’s winners are to be announced at a dedicated awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in London on 16 June.  Diversified UK’s Casual Dining show, is looking to add to its AEO trophies[1], having been shortlisted for ‘Best UK Tradeshow over 2,000sqm, while Nordic Organic Food Fair, which takes place in Malmö, Sweden (co–located with Natural Products Scandinavia) is shortlisted for ‘Best Overseas Tradeshow over 2000sqm’.

For further information, and to register to attend Commercial Kitchen, please visit www.commercialkitchenshow.co.uk and enter priority code CK10 (direct link: https://registration.n200.com/survey/3d80hw89gt3j0?actioncode=CK10).




Media enquiries & press pass requests:

Please apply for press accreditation via this link: https://registration.n200.com/survey/31mz689iocgej
Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
t: +44 (0)1273 645134
e: [email protected]
Website: www.divcom.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DiversifiedUK

Nina Jones, Marketing Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645146
e: [email protected]
Website: www.commercialkitchenshow.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ComKitchenshow

Exhibitor enquiries to:

Chris Brazier, Group Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 645123
e: [email protected]

Simon Watkins, Sales Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645155
e: [email protected]


[1] Casual Dining was the first launch show (UK and international) in over five years to win ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ at the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards 2014.  In 2015, it won the same award for the second consecutive year (it was also named a finalist in 2016). 

Commercial Kitchen was shortlisted for Best Trade Show Marketing Campaign at the Exhibition News Awards in February 2017.  It was recently shortlisted for Best Tradeshow Launch and Best Tradeshow under 2,000sqm at the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards 2017.

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Diversified Communications UK (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough and Nailsworth.  Diversified UK’s food portfolio includes Commercial Kitchen; lunch!; Casual Dining; Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards; Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe; Natural and Organic Awards; and Nordic Organic Food Fair in Malmö, Sweden (co–located with Natural Products Scandinavia).  For more information, visit: www.divcom.co.uk.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face–to–face events, digital and print publications and television stations.  Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management.  Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 850 staff, across eight divisions in seven countries.  For more information, visit: www.divcom.com.

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