Leading industry names announced for Pub16 seminars

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Leading industry figures including bar and pub operators and brewers have been announced as part of a line-up of speakers at next month’s trade show, Pub16.

They include Charlie McVeigh, owner of The Draft House group, BrewDog’s UK head of sales Gareth Bath, Anglian Country Inns founder James Nye, and Nick Miller, managing director of Meantime Brewing Co.

Speakers will provide advice and insights as part of the show’s two seminar areas, the Pub16 Theatre and the new Recruit – Train – Retain stage as well as its range of workshops and tasting sessions. It takes place at London’s Olympia on February 9 and 10.

Charlie, Gareth and Nick will take to the stage for the keynote talk, Clash of the Titans, on day one, focusing on tips for tapping into consumer lifestyle trends to build a brand and what licensees can learn from successful brewers.

Day two will offer attendees an up-to-date view of the wider pub and bar industry with a “State of the Nation” discussion chaired by Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

She will be joined by Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), and Anthony Pender, chair of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Kate will give an in-depth presentation charting the fortunes of the licensed trade, discussing the impact of Conservative party policy, community asset pubs, the living wage and the market rent option in the Pubs Code as well as opportunities in 2016.

Owners and operators will be able to learn how they can tap into profits through beer sales with “Taking Things Up A Gear With Beer”, hosted by beer sommelier and journalist Sophie Atherton, who is also running her own bar at Pub16.

Sophie will be picking the brains of leading beer specialists including Roger Protz, Justin Hawke and Doreen Joy Barber from Five Points Brewing to discuss everything from quality issues and training to upselling and getting the most out of British-brewed ales and lagers.

Also on the menu is a dedicated talk on the increasing need to draw revenue from food sales, hosted by James Nye of Anglian Country Inns with the Seafood Pub Company, Street Food Union and WE ARE Spectacular on hand to offer their advice.

A seminar on design and renovation will feature experts from design specialists Concorde BGW, RJR Creative and Harrison as well as pub and bar operator and brewer Marston’s.

Other speakers will include Paul Charity from Propel, marketing expert Alexandra Bertram from Custard Communications and Paul Hennessy from Sawdays who will be providing advice on winning the daytime customer.

Luke Perry, event director of Pub16, said: “We are really excited about this year’s seminar programme and speaker line-up. The programme highlights 2016’s key issues, trends, opportunities and challenges which will be discussed and debated by some of the industry’s most influential figures. We want every pub owner and operator to be able to leave the show with invaluable advice and insight to help grow their business.”

Pub16 is supported by some of the leading organisations in the sector, including the ALMR, the BII, the BBPA and the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) along with leading pubcos Punch Taverns and Enterprise Inns.

For more information on Pub16 and to register to attend for free, visit www.thepubshow.co.uk.

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