‘Are we growing our pubs or saving our pubs?’ — that’s the hot topic that Tim Foster, owner & head of being awesome at the Yummy Pub Co, and his fellow panellists, will be discussing at the show on opening day.
Hosted by Kate Nicholls, chief executive of The ALMR, and also featuring Alexander Salussolia, MD of Glendola Leisure Group, and Brian Keeley-Whiting, MD of Whiting & Hammond, this exclusive session will examine the opportunities, trends and challenges ahead for casual dining pub operators.
What do you see as key trends for the casual dining sector in the coming year?
Consolidation and retraction. Growth in units will significantly slow and focus of consolidation will take place. Great opportunities to focus to improve core business models.
What do you feel is the key for operators, like you, to successfully compete against your competitors?
It’s not about competing against our competitors, it’s about competing against our own standards. Everyday we let a customer down across our business, we do not meet their expectations — removing this from the business as much as possible is what makes us successful.
Who or what inspires you to be even better?
My family and pride. I’ve scraped my way to build an incredible business with two handsome fellows. We’ve faced highs, lows, middles and christ knows what weeks, but I get up everyday ready for a new challenge. It’s unique.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Never eat yellow snow. There’s been hundreds of nuggets I’ve learnt over the years. The best advice I would give would be our core in Yummy — Putting People First.
Describe the casual dining trade show in 3 words:
Inspiring. Opportunities. Thoughts.
How important is the Casual Dining trade show to you and the sector?
I’ve always loved the show. Getting up close and personal to existing suppliers for a natter and finding new ones is what has always excited me, and Casual Dining is the market leader.
Can you tell us a bit about your much anticipated session at Casual Dining 2018?
We’ve been proud members and supporters of the ALMR since Nick Bish wondered down our lane in 2008 hunting us out. The body has then grown out of recognition, especially with Kate now at the helm and being on a panel with peers discussing our strengths, debating with one another is a real fun part of my social calendar. I love talking about Yummy and sharing insights of what we do brilliantly and reflecting on what we can do better. Stealing with pride is one of my favourite past times, also known as the Magpie project in Yummy.
See Tim at Casual Dining 2018
Are we growing our pubs or saving our pubs? 4.15pm in the Keynote Theatre on Wednesday 21 February. The session will feature Tim Foster, owner & head of being awesome at the Yummy Pub Co; Alexander Salussolia, MD of Glendola Leisure Group; Brian Keeley-Whiting, MD of Whiting & Hammond; and (host) Kate Nicholls, chief executive of The ALMR.