The Restaurant Conference, Nov 3, The Marriott Grosvenor Sq

The sector’s premier conference event: sharing vision, strategy and opportunity

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Join MCA and sector leaders for this must-attend annual sell-out event, focused on leader vision, insight and strategy, as the sector trades its way towards recovery.

Covering procurement, people and culture, property and deals, finance and investment, tech and omnichannel, keynote sessions will be delivered by Paula Mackenzie CEO of KFC, John Eckbert CEO of Five Guys and Jeremy King co-founder and CEO of Corbin & King.

In an exclusive address, business Minister Paul Scully MP will share his vision for the hospitality sector to build back better.

The opportunity for restaurant sector investment will be examined by Robin Rowland partner at Trispan, Darrel Connell partner of Imbiba and Ali Aneizi founder of Tamweel Capital.

The benefits of an omnichannel sales approach will be considered by Ganan Kanagaturai UK CEO at Itsu and Jo Fleet, director, Hawksmoor at Home, who join Matt Ring at Deliveroo.

New arrival Marugame Udon, one of the biggest noodle brands in the world, will share its ambitions for the UK, according to Europe CEO Keith Bird.

Insight sessions from Lumina Intelligence and CGA will demonstrate the shape of the market, new opportunities and consumer attitudes, whilst the financial landscape and potential for M&A deals will be explored by Graeme Smith MD EMEA at AlixPartners.

With staffing a major challenge, Brian Trollip MD of Dishoom, Thom Elliot co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims and Natasha Waterfield COO of New World Trading Company will share their innovative approaches to people, alongside Kate Nicholls CEO at UKHospitality.

Meanwhile, Lord Mark Price will share research into how hospitality is doing with team engagement and happiness against other sectors, and what employers should focus upon to retain the best people.

In a key sustainability session, hospitality’s challenges and progress towards carbon zero will be unpacked by Nicola Pierce, director of commercial planning and ESG at Burger King UKMel Marriott, MD at Darwin and Wallace, Steve Packer, director of Pizza Hut Restaurants, and Mark Chapman CEO of Zero Carbon Forum.

A dedicated property director session will look at new approaches to acquisition, site spec and opportunity, with Matt Ainger at Big Table Group, Tom Byng at Popeyes and Vishal Talreja at Itsu.

Last but not least, there is a timely contribution from David Read at Prestige Purchasing on how best to manage the dual challenge of product shortage and cost inflation.

You are warmly invited to join this essential day of interviews, insight and senior level networking.

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