Agenda

We are delighted to announce the first agenda items for the Pub Conference below. Watch this space for more sessions and speakers being announced very soon.


       

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 managing director 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 Covis 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.


      

OPERATOR PANEL - INVESTMENT
Mark Crowther - chairman at Portobello Pub Company, Mark Davies - CEO at Hawthorn, Steven Kenee - CIO at Oakman Inns

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.



DEALS/LANDSCAPE SESSION
Simon Johnson - EMEA finance account lead, 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.



OPERATOR PANEL - PEOPLE & CULTURE
Panellists include Caryn Savazzi, people director, Loungers. More to be announced soon...

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.



INSIGHT SESSION - THE PUB SECTOR: LANDSCAPE & OPPORTUNITY
Blonnie Whist, insight director, 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.



OPERATOR FOCUS - STONEGATE GROUP
Suzanne Baker - commercial director 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.



INSIGHT SESSION - RECOVERY TRACKING
CGA Karl Chessell, Director, Hospitality Operators and Food, 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.


MORE SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON, WATCH THIS SPACE.