The Pub Show launches 2024 seminar programme, in partnership with the BII
The Pub Show, part of Food, Drink & Hospitality Week, will be shining a spotlight on hospitality trends, staff wellbeing and the evolution of low & no when the event returns to ExCeL London on 25-27 March.
Taking place alongside hospitality and foodservice show HRC, The Pub Show is a must-attend event for pub & bar owners and operators to source innovative new suppliers, network with industry peers and keep up to date with all the latest trends in the sector.
In addition to an exciting line-up of top industry speakers on The Pub Stage, the show will also see the return of popular feature area The Taproom, in partnership with Flightcase Bars, which showcases up-and-coming beer and cider brands, and new addition the Beer Garden, designed by Black & Stainless Creative Metalwork, where industry professionals can meet old friends and new in an informal and social atmosphere.
This year’s programme of content has been curated by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), with CEO Steve Alton commenting: “Coming together, sharing best practice and collaborating have always been at the heart of the BII, and The Pub Show this year gave us a fantastic opportunity to bring some of our key members and ambassadors to the show to talk about their brilliant businesses.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the team to bring The Pub Show to life for 2024. For anyone in the industry, taking time out of your business to network, attend panel discussions and source new suppliers is a must, and The Pub Show will be a key date in the calendar for the extended BII team of colleagues, partners and ambassadors.”
Day one on The Pub Stage will kick off with a roundup of some of the major trends set to define the hospitality sector in 2024, hosted by KAM Managing Director Katy Moses, joined by panellists Karl Chessell, Director at CGA and Ollie Coulombeau, Manager at The Turk's Head, Twickenham.
Coulombeau comments: “After navigating the highs and lows of 2023. I'm thrilled to join the 'Hospitality Trends: What to look for in 2024' panel. I'm looking forward to cutting through the noise and hearing some authentic opinions on how to keep your competitive edge over the next year.”
This will be followed by a session on supporting the health & wellbeing of pub teams hosted by Molly Davis of the BII with panellists Paddy Howley of So Let’s Talk and Kayleigh Fox of the Licensed Trade Charity.
“I'm delighted to represent the Licensed Trade Charity at The Pub Show,” says Fox. “Open conversations about mental well-being are essential, and this event provides a fantastic platform for us to highlight the significance of mental health care. It's a great chance to spotlight the support available for those in our industry and to discuss how we can all contribute to a healthier, more supportive work environment.”
The stage will also see discussions on the growth of low & no with KAM’s Blake Gladman and Laura Willoughby of Club Soda, a look at the changing face of the on-trade by Kantar’s Alex Brown, an examination of how the industry can put the spark back into pub careers with BII’s Steve Alton, Tyler Davidson-Joyner of The Skills Network and Dawn Lawrence of HospitalityJobsUK, and a presentation on quality assurance for pubs by Simon Numphud of AA Media.
In addition to a packed seminar programme, The Pub Stage will also be hosting the final round of the Mr Gin Mixologist of the Year competition and fun-filled bingo nights and pub quiz sessions run by Simon Wilson of Hashtag Hosts.
The Pub Show takes place alongside IFE Manufacturing, IFE, HRC and International Salon Culinaire as part of Food, Drink & Hospitality Week. To view the full seminar programme and to register for your complimentary trade ticket visit thepubshow.co.uk.