Casual Dining Group
Steve has spent nearly 30 years in the leisure and hospitality space, operating hotels, night clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants in the PLC and private arena. In 2013 Steve joined American buyout firm Apollo Global Management as an Operating Partner working alongside their European Debt fund and soon after led the acquisition of failing restaurant group Tragus Ltd. In order to lead a transformation process and create Casual Dining Group, Steve stepped into the company as CEO in 2014. In the UK, Casual Dining Group has 300 equity stores which trade mainly under the brands; Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge but has smaller formats such as Belgo, Huxleys and Oriel. The business continues to open new restaurants in UK airports, ISG hotels and Leisure Parks, whilst internationally, the group now has offices in Dubai and Singapore and aims to soon have 100 franchise stores in the Near East, Middle East, South Africa and India. He is Deputy Chairman of UKHospitality.
February 28 @ 10:45 am - 11:15 am
Keynote Theatre 1
Speaking: Steve Richards Peter Martin
Arrive early as industry leader Steve Richards exclusively discusses his views on the casual dining sector and the challenges and opportunities facing some of the UK’s best loved high street brands including Café Rouge, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and more.