Agenda

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9.30-10.00: CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

10-10.05:
WELCOME & ADDRESS  - MCA Editor Finn Scott-Delany

10.05-10.25:
DEALS & LANDSCAPE SESSION  - Simon Johnson, EMEA finance account lead at CBRE

With a few notable exceptions, many pub deals have been on the backburner as investors wait and watch the market shake out. As confidence begins to return and global investment funds seek out the reliability of pub assets, Simon Johnson of CBRE considers the potential for a wave of M&A activity.

10.25-10.45: INSIGHT SESSION: THE PUB SECTOR: LANDSCAPE & OPPORTUNITY
 - Blonnie Whist, Insight Director at Lumina Intelligence

Blonnie will share exclusive headlines and insights from Lumina’s newly published UK Pub Market Report 2021, focusing on the market and consumer trends shaping the coming 12 months and examining the progress of the sector’s recovery.
Find out more about the UK Pub Market Report and download a sample here>>

10.45-11.10:
FAMILY TIES: REINVENTION AND RESILIENCE
- Emma McClarkin, CEO at British Beer & Pub Association, William Robinson, MD at Robinsons Brewery & Heydon Mizon, joint MD at McMullen & Sons.

Some of the best company balance sheets in the pub sector are conservatively run, regional family brewers and pub operators; balanced business that provides for the vagaries of the economic cycle. In this panel we will explore the deep roots these businesses have within their communities going back generations, and how this long-term view and family ownership structure has made them uniquely positioned to thrive.

11.10-11.30: BUILDING BACK BETTER
Business Minister Paul Scully

Business minister Paul Scully will present details of his Hospitality Strategy, which aims to help the sector ‘build back better’, with a focus on the three Rs: reopening, recovery and resilience. The minister will also detail the measures the government is taking to support the pub sector, and how this great British institution fits into the government’s vision for economic recovery.

11.30-12.00: COFFEE BREAK

12.00-12.20:
OPERATOR FOCUS: STONEGATE GROUP - Suzanne Baker - Commercial Director at the Stonegate Group.

Following her Retailers’ Retailer Awards win in the Hero of the Year category, Baker will update on the integration of the Ei estate and what is next for the UK’s biggest pub company.

12.20-12.45: OPERATOR PANEL: INVESTMENT -
Mark Crowther, Chairman at Portobello Brewery, Steven Kenee, CIO at Oakman Inns & Mark Brumby, CEO at Langton Capital, hosted by MCA Contributing Editor, Peter Martin. 

Pubs have employed diverse investment strategies over the past 18 months. For this special investment panel, we talk to three business at different stages in their growth journey, eager to take advantage of opportunities in the post-pandemic landscape.

12.45-13.05:
TECH, DRINKS AND THE FUTURE OF THE BAR - 
Nick Popovici, CEO and Co-founder at Vita Mojo, Kris Gumbrell, CEO at Brewhouse & Kitchen, Jez Manterfield, Senior Category Manager at Asahi & Karen Bosher, MD of Premium, Urban Pubs and Venture Brands at Greene King.

Covid regulations transformed the way pubs and bars operate, accelerating adoption of mobile order & pay – with many of these service changes being kept in place as restrictions are unlocked. Offering the opportunity for customisable offerings at different venues and the upselling of a broader, premium drinks range, this panel will explore how tech is driving an uplift in sales, and offering valuable insights into customers.

13.05-14.00: LUNCH BREAK

14.00-14.20:
INSIGHT SESSION: RECOVERY TRACKING CGA - Karl Chessell, Director of Hospitality Operators and Food at CGA.

As Britain’s pubs reopen, what is the shape of sector, and how well has it bounced back from forced lockdowns? Drawing on data from CGA’s Coffer Peach Tracker and Market Recovery Monitor, Karl will share headline insights, such as how drink sales have driven recovery in pubs, how pubs have led the way in sector reopening, and some of the key trends to look out for.

14.20-14.45:
TENANTED & LEASED
 - Chris Jowsey, CEO of Admiral Taverns, Clive Chesser, CEO at Punch Pubs & Lawson Mountstevens, MD at Star Pubs & Bars.

The tenanted & leased sector is undergoing consolidation with Admiral's £222m aquisition of Hawthorn, a deal which puts it at the top table having more than doubled in size in the last two years. Punch Pubs & Co meanwhile is adding to its own estate, having snapped up Young's tenanted estate. The moves come after praise for the way pubcos looked after their pub partners during the pandemic, showing robustness of the tied model where business interest of landlord and tenant are aligned.

14.45-15.00: THE CASE FOR PUB FOOD DELIVERY
: UBER EATS & MITCHELLS AND BUTLERS - Sunjiv Shah, General Manager at Uber Eats.

It is not just restaurants that have seen growth in delivery, pubs are seeing the benefits too. With Uber Eats and Mitchells & Butlers entering into a new partnership, they will join us to discuss the opportunity for pub food delivery, early learnings from the pilot, and why assumptions about its failure to travel are proving wide of the mark.

15.00-15.20: COFFEE BREAK

15.20-15.40: OPERATOR PANEL: PEOPLE & CULTURE
- Caryn Savazzi, People Director at Loungers, Hamish Stoddart, MD at The Peach Pub Company and Hannah Plumb, Talent & Culture director at The Alchemist.

With a lack of staff forcing venues to close, we look at how operators are plugging the labour gap – and how strong company culture attracts and retains talent.

15.40-16.00:
LATE LICENCE SESSION: REVIVAL OF THE NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY
- Charlie Gilkes, Co-founder of Inception Group, Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association & Aaron Mellor, Group MD at Tokyo Industries.

The late-night sector has faced the worst of restrictions and was the last to reopen. Now having been given the green light to restart trade, nightclubs have the looming prospect of Covid passports to deal with. With so much uncertainty, and a lack of clarity over which venues must check vaccine status, this special panel will tackle how the late licence sector should negotiate this latest twist in fortunes, and navigate towards a brighter future.