MA500 Manchester, 16th May

Take a look at the range of topics below which will be covered by ourselves and our experts and speakers at our next event. Please note that the details of our study tour are still being finalised. Expect to hear further news about the study tour in the run-up to the event!

  • 10:00 – 10:30: Registration
  • 10:30 – 10:40: Welcome – Ed Bedington, Editor, The Morning Advertiser
  • 10:40 – 11:00: Scene setter – Manchester’s Night Czar, Sacha Lord will give an overview of the Manchester pub and bar scene, how it’s changing and evolving and where the opportunities lie.
  • 11:00 – 11:20: Boxing clever – getting under the skin of a Publican Award winner – Arc Inspirations CEO Martin Wolstencroft talks about his impressive new Leeds offer The Box, and how he applied value engineering and innovation to deliver an impressive very successful winning concept.
  • 11:20 – 11:40: Let them eat grass! – Vegan and vegetarian demand is on the rise, and its not just being driven by the groups themselves. How are you adapting to meet the demands of flexitarian and contrarian eaters. We speak to three leading operators on how they’re evolving their offer.
    • Nicola Arrow, head of food category management, Marston’s
    • Pete Hughes, group head brewer, Brewhouse & Kitchen
    • Alice Bowyer, group executive chef, Liberation Group
  • 11:40 – 12:00: Break
  • 12:00 – 12:20: Employee Ownership – Co-operative evangelist Damon Horrill, founder of Cornerstone Inns, is helping to build a business of principle where employees are in control and share 100% of profits according to the hours they work. He talks about the opportunities, challenges and advantages of both employee and community ownership and why he sees it as the future.
  • 12:20 – 12:40: Delivery – Are pubs embracing the disruption opportunity? – Delivery companies are the new disruptors when it comes to foodservice, but pub operators have yet to embrace the movement. MCA Insight’s director of consumer insights Gareth Nash gives us an overview of the delivery sector, and looks at the opportunities pubs could unlock if they chose to embrace the disruptors.
  • 12:40 – 13:00: Crisis, what crisis? – From faecal flavoured ice to allergen confusions, pub operators can find themselves in hot water from time to time, but how you handle the pressure is key. Crisis management experts Rob Metcalfe and Simon Mowbray from MediaSmart will be providing key advice on what you need to know when the faecal ice hits the fan and the world comes calling.
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:20: Exit music – Building up a business is one thing, but when’s the right time to cash out, and what do you need to bear in mind. We talk to three operators who’ve been there, done that, who can share their experiences and advice.
    • Rhys Oldfield, ex-Be At One
    • Craig Rachel, senior vice president, AlixPartners
    • Richard Barley, former FD, New World Trading Company
  • 14:20 – 14:40: Regeneration game – Pubs can play a vital role in regenerating the high street, but are we making the most of the opportunity? Rockpoint Leisure’s founder Dan Davies talks about his project which puts hospitality as an important part of the regeneration mix.
  • 14:40 – 15:00: Regeneration reality – We talk to the people who are leading the way when it comes to hospitality focused regeneration of the UK’s town centres and high streets, including Rockpoint’s Dan Davies, Hawthorn Leisure’s CEO Gerry Carrol and NewRiver’s Paul Wright.
  • 15:00 – 15:20: Comedy – the dos and don’ts of bringing the house down – Comedy is an art, and putting on a great comedy event is far from a barrel of laughs. Stand up comic and pub gig specialist Kevin Dewsbury runs through the dos and don’ts of organising a great comedy night, and the benefits to your business.
  • 15:20 – 15:35: Study tour walk through followed by walking transfer to the Northern Quarter
  • 15:35: Depart for study tour

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