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Be inspired by leading industry figures!
Your ticket to Casual Dining gives you free access to two days of dedicated seminars from leading industry speakers in the Casual Dining Keynote Theatre.
The 2016 line-up was even stronger than the 2015 programme, featuring sessions covering all the latest trends and issues in the casual dining sector to help your business thrive.
Check out the 2016 programme below.
In this session Peter Backman, recognised analyst and expert commentator on the eating-out market, will identify some of the important factors that underpin the recent growth of casual dining. He will draw out some future directions and what operators need to do to grow their business in what is becoming an increasingly sophisticated sector.
Arrive early for a front row seat as Peter Martin interviews inspirational industry leader Simon Kossoff. He’ll be quizzed about the future of Carluccio’s, opening overseas, authenticity, social responsibility, maximising seasonal returns and whether appearing on TV is ever a good thing or not.
How the BrewDog mission of making other people as passionate about craft beer as they are is central to every decision that they make in the business and how this and the BrewDog Charter (the guiding principles of the business) inform their retail strategy as they strive to grow their estate to 200 sites around the globe and be the best employer in their industry.
Inspirational social media and Branding expert Mark McCulloch explains how you can benefit from aiming for particular groups of the right people to eat, drink and be advocates for your brand. He’ll also look at how you could benefit from these important people working with you.
Mark Linehan, of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, chairs a panel of leading casual dining operators as they discuss one of the hottest topics in the industry – pay. Gain up to the minute insight and real life experience from industry insiders on tipping, service charges and the new National Living Wage.
Rents, Rates & Regulation. Kate Nicholls, a real champion of our sector, looks at whether the government’s agenda will burst the casual dining bubble.
The story is how the PE owned Inventive Leisure changed from a late night operator into a more widely based all day bar and food business called Revolution Bars Group PLC. By steadily adopting premium products, enhanced levels of service and investing creatively in quality environments the business became ready and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in March 2015. It has two strong national retail brands in Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba – with a growth story based on a rollout programme funded by the IPO .
Who should you train, why should you train them and how often should you train them? Anthony Pender leads a top industry panel of inspirational pub operators as they discuss the pros and cons and the successes and failures that your pub or restaurant can learn from when it comes to training and empowering your teams.
More Operators = More Competition = More Talked About = More Sales. Keith Bird looks at why despite increased competition, the ‘better burger’ market is showing no signs of decline and why business is booming. Make sure you’re there for this unmissable session to learn that competition can be healthy and what you can do to stay ahead of your rivals.
What’s on the agenda for casual dining’s top executives and entrepreneurs this coming year? Jamie Campbell of CGA Peach, the agenda-setting insight and data specialist, takes us through the findings of the 2016 CGA Peach Business Leaders’ Survey. The responses of over 200 leading players from across eating and drinking-out will gauge market confidence and plot the key challenges, business risks and investment opportunities for the sector.
How do you keep some of the best loved brands on Britain’s high street relevant fresh and better than ever? Industry leader Steve Richards offers an unmissable exclusive insight in to how CDG (formerly Tragus) have evolved and improved key brands like Bella Italia and Café Rouge.
Author, Sunday Times Columnist and legendary sector investor Luke Johnson, talks exclusively to Paul Charity on his key rules for success, why he does or doesn’t invest in certain businesses, his incredible track record and how he has found working with highly praised pub group the Laines Pub Company
A must for any serious buyer looking to add real innovation to their offering. The most innovative products as voted by buyers at Casual Dining will be pitched live to our panel of leading industry judges who will then be asked questions to determine whether the product is truly innovative and worthy of an Innovation Challenge Finalist, Highly Commended or coveted Gold Award.
Peruvian Martin Morales and his team have developed 3 very busy, award-winning and pioneering Peruvian restaurants, each unique, with innovative cooking, a bar offering that is one of London’s best, written a best-selling cookbook and influenced thousands of chefs and restaurateurs around the world. Martin will talk about how he created Ceviche and Andina restaurants, achieved fast organic growth, maintained independence, secured funding and sites in excellent locations, built a world class management team and made customers go ‘wow’.
Be there to see who our panel of influential industry leaders have awarded Finalist, Highly Commended or Gold accolades to.
Hear how Punch Taverns has worked tirelessly to become an award winning operations team in order to help support each segment of its leased and tenanted pub estate. Paul Pavli will share best practice that all businesses can use to then deliver and execute expertise through their operations teams.
Wagamama are one of the best loved casual dining brands in Britain today. Hear from their inspirational Chief Executive David Campbell as Peter Martin asks him about overseas expansion, finding the the right sites, looking after your people and their plans for the future.
“It’s great to finally have a trade show dedicated to our industry, It’s a really worthwhile visit”
Steve Holmes, CEO, Ask Italian and Zizzi
View the full 2016 Keynote Programme here!