To get a flavour of what we’re about, take a look at the below agenda from our March 2019 Conference & Study Tour. We like to make sure we cover a range of topics with a variety of experts, each with their own valuable and unique insights into the restaurant market – giving you the edge you need to stay ahead of the competition.

March 2019 – Conference & Study Tour Agenda

10:00: Registration

10:30: Welcome | Stefan Chomka, editor, Restaurant magazine

10:35: Inside London’s property market | Ted Schama, partner, Shelley Sandzer

Ted will give a rundown of the capital’s property market, identifying locations of growth and the current trends in the property market as well as what the next few years hold for operators.

11:00: Coal Drops Yard – taking a gamble Sam and James Hart, directors & Crispin Somerville, creative director, Harts Group

The team will talk about their huge multi-site project in Coal Drops Yard from their decision to take the plunge at the early stages of the development to the challenges and opportunities the development brings.

11:30: Coffee break

11:45: Next generation food hallsSimon Anderson, founder, Market Halls, in conversation with Stefan Chomka

Simon will discuss his food halls in Fulham and Victoria as well as his ambitious plans to take on the former BHS site on Oxford Street and the new The Hall concept for shopping centres.

12:15: Managing no shows | David Charlton, commercial director, LiveRES

The reservation company will discuss the areas and types of restaurants that have the biggest no-show rates, and discuss the steps restaurants can take to safeguard against them.

12:35: How to be happy | Brian Trollip, chief operations wallah, Dishoom

Brian will talk about why Dishoom is ranked 19th in this year’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For list, how it makes itself a good place to work, and its plans for its workforce post Brexit.

13:00: Lunch

Session 2

14:00: Plugging the brain drain | James Brown, retail operations director, BrewDog & Carl Holloway, co-founder, Rotaready

James will discuss how BrewDog has built its company culture, how it retains its brilliant talent and why anarchy is a vital ingredient for the brewer.

14:20: Being a British steakhouse going stateside | Will Beckett, co-founder, Hawksmoor

The steakhouse co-founder on Hawksmoor’s imminent move to New York, the reasons for moving Stateside, the challenges it has faced so far and what you can expect when it finally opens its doors.

14:50: Closure of the event & introduction to the study tour | Stefan Chomka, editor, Restaurant magazine

15:20: Study Tour begins

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