Pub16 trade show promises to be bigger and better

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The UK’s only trade show dedicated to the UK’s pub and bar industry is returning after its successful debut in 2015. Taking place at Olympia in west London on February 9 and 10, Pub16 promises to be bigger and bolder, with more exhibitors, more insight and more big names.

It will feature a line-up of free-to-attend business sessions and panel discussions tailored to both aspiring and existing owners of pubs and bars. The schedule will be announced in January. A key feature area of the show will be Recruit – Train – Retain which will offer straight-talking advice on how to manage staff, recruitment and tenancy, with advice from industry leaders, hospitality skills organisation People First, HIT Training and Springboard, the charity that helps young, unemployed and disadvantage people develop careers in pubs and bars.

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The Taste Table will provide food and drink matching inspiration, advice and training, and Sophie’s Bar will expertly guide visitors through some of UK’s best regional brewers, introduced by acclaimed beer sommelier Sophie Atherton. For networking, the central meeting place will be @TheBar, sponsored by Meantime Brewing Company.

More than 150 exhibitors will present a wide range of products and services covering craft brewers and beer, premium wines, spirits and soft drinks, bar and kitchenware, design, technology and marketing support. They will include catering equipment supplier Nisbets which will showcase its on-trend Olympia Enamelware range of tableware, mugs and tumblers.

Beer education body the Beer Academy will offer savings on its industry-leading beer training programmes to operators who sign up at the organisation’s stand. The incentive will apply to its two most popular courses: the entry-level Beer Steward e-learning programme and the one-day Foundation Course.

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Pub16 is supported by some of the leading organisations in the sector, including the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the British Beer & Pub Association, and the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), along with leading pub companies such as Punch Taverns and Enterprise Inns.

Tim Foster, director of pub and bar operator Yummy Pub Co, says: “Pub16 is where the industry’s leaders and tastemakers gather to exchange ideas face to face, learn from each other, strive to improve their business and strengthen their hold on the market.”

For more information on Pub16 to register to attend for free, visit

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