January 2015 sees the Hospitality Show taking place at Birmingham’s NEC between the 19th and the 21st.
Pubs are being invited to the event to indulge in free mentoring sessions with some of the most respected players in the hospitality sector.
The sessions are expected to last roughly fifteen minutes, one-to-one, and advice and guidance will be given on a variety of subjects that should be covered in hospitality such as catering equipment, innovation, crowd funding and social media.
Some of the mentors in the show will include:
– Chairman of the Catering Equipment Distributors Association and Managing Director of Vision Commercial Kitchens, Jack Sharkey
– Hotel Procurement Expert, Gordon Anderson
– Drinks Industry Guru, Stuart Rosenblatt
– Owner of consultancy service Yuzu Hospitality, Steve Cash
– Hospitality Consultant, Stephen McManus
– Hotel Profitability Guru, Peter Hales
– Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, Peter Ducker
There will be four mentoring booths dotted about the arena, and one of them will be dedicated to the business of better design.
This booth will allow visitors to discuss projects and design ideas in confidence with the experts from that specific field.
Managing director at Fresh Montgomery, Toby Wand, said: “Ask any successful business person about defining moments in their career and you can bet that at some point in their rise to prominence they will have been mentored.
“There may be one or many, but the importance of a figurehead, there to help drive you on, or offer that bellwether piece of advice that you never forget and take with you throughout your career, cannot be understated.”
The Innovation Zone
The Innovation Zone is another exciting highlight of the event which wil showcase some of the most recent equipment launches.
Keith Warren, the Associate Director of the Innovation Zone, which has been organised in conjunction with the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA), commented on what a fantastic opportunity this is for operators to take a look at the most relevant up-to-date equipment on the scene.
Warren explained: “The Hospitality Show is the largest showcase next year for innovative and energy-saving equipment that will be of huge interest to caterers.
In correspondence with the show, on Tuesday 20th January, a networking dinner will take place at the Arden Hotel.
Adam Bennett, Chef Director at the Cross in Kenilworth, Warwickshire will oversee the menu.
Adam will be representing Team UK for a third time at the Bocuse d’Or chef competition in January which will be held in Lyon.
Also appearing at The Hospitality Show will be a variety of catering equipment suppliers available for visitors to discuss equipment with.
Jestic will be making use of the show by launching a brand new piece of equipment, although, for Smeg, Grant Sous Vide and Nayati UK, this will be their first time at the show.