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Wed 15th May 2013 - Speaker line-up unveiled for free-to-attend Propel Conference
Full speaker list unveiled for Propel Multi Club Conference: The full speaker list has been unveiled for the Propel Multi Club Conference on Thursday 20 June at the Oxford Belfry Hotel. Operators of multi-site pub, restaurant and foodservice outlets can book up to two free places by emailing Simon French, leisure analyst at Panmure Gordon, provides an overview of the current state of the UK eating out market - and challenges ahead. Emma Read, of insights firm Horizons, looks at the winners and losers in the UK eating out market – and where the opportunities are. Jason Katz, founder of private equity firm Kings Park Capital, which has live investments in healthy food chain Abokado and juice and smoothie operator Fuel Juice Bars, looks at the investment potential of the sector – and what it is looking for in terms of investment criteria. David Singleton, who oversaw the expansion of Premium Country Dining Group into the UK’s largest gastro-pub chain at Mitchells & Butlers, gives his overview of the ten key issues involved in creating and maintaining a multi-site premium offer. Maurice Abboudi talks about what makes sushi concept K10 unique – the company’s first site takes more than £40,000 per week on limited opening hours. Richard Pope, owner of The Bull’s Head, Repton, Derbyshire, arguably the UK’s finest single site operator, provides an overview of his continuing retail journey, which includes making his own gelato. Jonathan Fornaci, chief executive of Rita’s Ice, the largest Italian Ice concept in the United States looking to expand into the UK, currently operating in 19 states with over 625 outlets, explains what sets apart the company’s offer. The company operates its own Cool University, a state-of-the-art research and development and training facility where franchisees and ‘treat team’ managers learn the ‘art of happiness’. David McHattie, the new chief executive of ALMR, provides insights on the unique retail experience at his Punch Taverns pub The Devonshire Arms in Baslow, Derbyshire and talks about benchmarking customer service against the best in the sector and the importance of net promoter scores. Jens Hofma, chief executive of Pizza Hut, will explain how the company is being turned around in the wake of its acquisition by Rutland Partners. Jacques Borel, who is campaigning to reduce VAT to 5% in the UK hospitality industry, JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin and Jens Hofma will talk about progress in the campaign and plans going forward.

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