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Glendola Leisure expands in Scotland by buying Saltire Taverns, enters hotel market: Glendola Leisure, the Rainforest Cafe and Waxy O’Connor’s operator, has bought Saltire Taverns in Edinburgh from local operator Billy Lowe for an undisclosed sum. The company will take over established bar and restaurant business Le Monde in George Street and Angels Share on Hope Street, including 48 bedrooms. Alex Salussolia, managing director at Glendola Leisure, said: “We currently operate a number of businesses in Scotland and we are delighted to add to our portfolio by taking over these successful operations. We intend to work with Billy going forward and use our expertise in the hotel and leisure sector to build on his success. We are thrilled to be entering the hotel market in the city and are looking forward to growing the business even further with the four star 98-bedroom Design Hotel on Market Street, due to open towards the end of 2017 by Carlton Hotel Collection, the sister company of Glendola Leisure.” Glendola was set up in 1973 by Peter Salussolia. Its other sites include: World’s End pub, Camden, Silk & Grain in the City of London, Alston Bar & Beef and Gordon St Coffee in Glasgow and the Frankenstein pub in Edinburgh, which was previously acquired from Saltire Taverns. Turnover at Glendola increased by 11.9% to £31.93m in the year to 29 March 2014, up from £28.53m the year before. Pre-tax profit dipped to £2.19m from £2.46m the previous year. Saltire Taverns reported turnover of circa £2m and net debt of £5.25m in 2014. 

Industry News:

Propel and the ALMR partner to launch Bar and Nightclub Conference: Propel and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) have partnered to launch the Bar and Nightclub Conference on Tuesday 27 October at Bafta, Piccadilly. The conference, the first stand-alone event for this part of the market, will examine the key issues affecting the markets with contributions from key figures within the sector. Tickets are free for operators and costs £145 for ALMR supplier members and £195 for ALMR non-suppliers. Tickets can be booked by emailing Jo Charity on

Last-minute restaurant deals app Wriggle secures £300,000 of £500,000 funding for expansion plans: Wriggle, a start-up app that sells last-moment opportunities for food and drink deals at independent restaurants, has secured £300,000 of a new £500,000 funding round as it seeks to expand. The company, which was launched in Bristol last year by Rob Hall, acts as a restaurant discovery tool and offers users same-day discounts to fill excess capacity. Meals are purchased in the app, typically at a discount of about 20%, and Wriggle takes a 9.5% cut of the sale. The £300,000 raised so far has come from angel investors Dominic Keen, founder of mobile technology company MoPowered, Oliver Pawle from the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, William Fewen, who was a founding shareholder in Sporting Index, alongside an undisclosed venture capital fund. The new funding will allow the business to target other cities. Hall told The Telegraph that Wriggle requires a dense student population, a significant number of young professionals and a thriving independent restaurant scene to work effectively. “We’re looking at places like Bath, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton,” he said. “It’s still very early days for us. The challenge is to scale.” Wriggle now has 250 restaurants signed up across London and Bristol and the app has generated 25,000 downloads to date, with 8,000 monthly users. In 2014, Wriggle raised £160,000 from 200 investors on crowdfunding platform Seedrs, in exchange for 15% of the company. The business was previously funded by Hall’s savings. Wriggle is currently processing 1,000 transactions each month, generating 95p per sale, and will break even once it reaches 20 locations, Hall said.

Groupon launches new delivery service in Chicago: Groupon, the discount voucher company, has launched a new restaurant delivery service in Chicago with plans to expand across the US. The Chicago-based company has started Groupon to Go in the city following a pilot with about 500 restaurants and chains since March. Unlike other technology-based delivery providers, Groupon combines the offer of delivery with a deal: 10% or more in the form of instant cash back for consumers that order through Groupon’s dashboard. The launch in Chicago follows the company’s acquisition this month of the Baltimore-based delivery provider OrderUp, which operates in 40 markets. OrderUp will continue to operate as a stand-alone brand, but the acquisition gives Groupon access to the company’s established technology, as well as the ability to scale up delivery service quickly. Vice-president and general manager of Groupon to Go Sean Smyth said: “Food and drink is one of the most popular categories for Groupon and we’ve been working with tens of thousands of restaurants for years. We want to be the place you go before you do/see/eat anything, to see if there’s a deal or some value to be had.” Groupon boasts about 160 million visitors monthly around the world and about 105 million customers have downloaded the mobile app.

Scotland’s second social enterprise pub to open today: A pub opening today (Monday, 3 August) in Edinburgh will allow customers to help good causes while they enjoy a drink. The Southside Social is the first social enterprise pub in Edinburgh and only the second in Scotland. It is opening its doors at the former Meadow Bar site in Buccleuch Street and will donate its profits to good causes. The bar’s young staff will also be trained for a career in the hospitality industry. Chris Thewlis, one of the operators of the Southside Social, described the venture as a “fresh new concept” and a “ground-breaking new social venue for the people of Edinburgh to enjoy – something that I think will be welcomed in the city”. He added: “By visiting the pub, customers will be able to support good causes while being served by some of the best-trained staff in the city. What’s not to like?”

McDonald’s trials ‘gourmet breakfast’ menu in Australia: McDonald’s is trialling a “gourmet breakfast” menu in Australia. The company is piloting the menu in Annerley, a suburb south of Brisbane in Queensland, every morning until 10.30am with its main dish being an $11 Cafe Breakfast – a deluxe spread of sourdough toast, chipolata sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, grilled tomatoes, hash brown and tomato relish. The menu also includes Belgian waffles drizzled in yoghurt and fruit and the avocado smash with crumbled feta, reports Channel Nine. The trial of the new morning menu comes after a year of Australian McDonald’s restaurants re-marketing themselves with higher-end products, such as the launch of “Create Your Taste”, which allows customers to build their own custom burgers. Trials are also underway for all-day breakfasts in several McDonald’s restaurants across Australia.

Company News:

YO! Sushi debuts new-look design: YO! Sushi has debuted a new look design at Liverpool ONE. Located on The Terrace adjacent to the Odeon, the new design is inspired by the neon of urban Tokyo. Created by Alison Cooper from Innsight Design, a detailed backdrop of the Tokyo skyline dominates YO! Sushi Liverpool ONE. New lighting and LED screens add to the taste of urban Tokyo, making the restaurant much brighter. The all-new upholstery, seating areas and use of technology continue the Japanese theme. Vanessa Hall, chief executive of YO! Sushi, added: “Liverpool ONE has long been one of the strongest performing YO! Sushis in the UK, and was therefore the ideal venue in which to launch our exciting new concept.” Moving annual total catering sales at Liverpool ONE are currently 11% up.

Searcys to launch burger and chicken restaurant concept Bonfire in City of London: High quality caterer and champagne bar operator Searcys is to launch a burger and chicken restaurant concept in the City of London called Bonfire. The company is opening the venue on level one of the Barbican Centre in Silk Street on the site of the former Barbican Lounge on Wednesday. The menu features burgers, rotisserie chicken, salads and sides with drinks including milkshakes, cocktails and a selection of beers and wines. On its website it said: “Our mission is to turn up the heat on London’s burger and chicken scene.” The restaurant, which will be open from noon-10.30pm, does not take bookings. Searcys operates 22 venues, mostly across London, including the Gin Joint on the second floor of the Barbican Centre.

Stonegate Pub Company launches hidden underground bar ‘7’ in Leeds: Stonegate Pub Company has launched a hidden underground bar in Leeds. The concept called ‘7’ has opened in Greek Street where guests gain access by dialling the correct number on a specially installed telephone box. The menu offers a variety of cocktails by a team of expert mixologists from Leeds, London and Chester, who have been invited to curate their own bespoke drinks. They include the Yorkshire Punch by Francis Robson that gives a tropical classic cocktail a twist with the addition of ginger beer and The Soleros designed by Liam Martyn, which is a fruity concoction of passoa, midori, passion fruit puree, orange juice, pineapple juice, vanilla syrup, cream, milk and sugar. ‘7’ is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm-4am.

Zazu’s Kitchen to open third site – and first outside Bristol – in Bath: Pub and restaurant operator Zazu’s Kitchen is to open its third site – and first outside Bristol – after acquiring the leasehold of The Bear Hotel in Bath. The company has taken on the two-storey building south of the city centre for its all-day, neighbourhood cafe, restaurant and bar concept, for an undisclosed sum. Partner Dougal Templeton, a former Bath resident and ex-reporter at the Bath Chronicle, said: “The Bear is at the heart of a great community which is very much what we are about; providing the kind of friendly, fun neighbourhood boozer and restaurant we’d all love to have at the end of our road – a 21st century brasserie.” The Bear Hotel currently consists of open plan ground floor lounge bar and split-level dining areas including a restaurant and breakfast room and seven boutique hotel rooms on the first floor. It will remain open for breakfasts and coffees and as a bar until Sunday, 23 August, before closing for three weeks for a refurbishment programme and reopening as Zazu’s Kitchen @ The Bear in mid-September. As well as a new look, there will be new brunch, lunch and evening menus along with an improved drinks range. Agent Christie + Co handled the sale and Nicholas Calfe from its Bristol office said: “The Bear attracted offers and interest from private investors, existing operators and corporate pub groups as soon as it came to the market. We’re pleased to see a local Bristol group being the successful purchasers.” Zazu’s Kitchen currently has sites in the Bishopston and Bedminster areas of Bristol.

Former Smoking Goat employees to launch new noodle-based restaurant Pestle: Seb Holmes and Thom Lawson, who were behind Soho’s Thai barbecue restaurant Smoking Goat, have teamed up to open a new noodle-based restaurant, starting as a pop-up. Pestle, which specialises in Thai curries and fermented rice noodles made from scratch, is opening at The Winemakers Club in Farringdon on 26 and 27 August. Holmes was head chef at the Smoking Goat, which opened in Denmark Street last year, while Lawson was the front of house manager.

Chef who once cooked for former US president to launch Oven concept in Middlesbrough: Chef-entrepreneur Tarek Thoma, who once cooked for former US president George Bush, is to launch a new concept offering high quality French and English food at affordable prices in Middlesbrough. Thoma is set to open £500,000 restaurant Oven at Central Point in Linthorpe Road at the former Midland House building in October and already has plans to roll it out across the country. Thoma, who cooked for Bush in 2003 when he worked at the Dun Cow in Sedgefield, told Gazette Live: “The concept behind Oven is to offer Michelin star-style food at affordable prices. The restaurant’s chefs all will have been trained by professional cooks who boast a Michelin star rating. The plan is for Oven in Middlesbrough to be the flagship restaurant in a series of establishments that we plan to roll out across the country.” Thoma, who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants including L’Escargot in London and Chapter One in Kent, said Oven would create 35 jobs.

Five Guys granted permission for fifth Scottish restaurant in Dundee: Five Guys has been granted permission to open its fifth venue in Scotland, this time in Dundee. The American gourmet burger company, which opened its first restaurant in the UK in London in 2013, will be moving into the Overgate Centre after its application was approved by Dundee City Council. The restaurant will be located in the former JD Sports unit next to Virgin Media and the old WH Smith unit – and extend outside the centre with outdoor seating. Overgate owners CBRE said in the application that allowing Five Guys to open would help to attract more people to the city centre. The company, which allows customers to pre-order online and eat in-store, has four other restaurants in Scotland – three in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.

Prezzo set to open third restaurant in Manchester on former Cafe Rouge site: Italian restaurant brand Prezzo is set to open its third restaurant in Manchester in Deansgate. The company is due to open the £700,000 venue on the site of the former Cafe Rouge on Friday, 7 August, creating more than 15 jobs. The open-plan restaurant will be able to accommodate up to 97 guests, while the venue’s entrance will open onto a bar area with additional seating. The restaurant’s pizza oven will be visible to diners and its decor will feature textured wall finishes and pendant lighting. Manager Cindy Shulz told Bdaily Business News: “The restaurant will serve the highest quality food in comfortable and stylish surroundings.” Prezzo has two other restaurants in Manchester, which have both opened in the past three years – at The Printworks and Media City UK in Salford Quays.

Cote to open in Canterbury in August: Cote is to open a site in Canterbury on 17 August, investing nearly £1m on turning the previous retail space on Longmarket Parade into a restaurant. Joint managing director Harald Samuelsson said: “The dining out scene in Canterbury is thriving and we are looking forward to opening. We hope to bring even more choice to the city and we are sure our friendly customer service and great tasting and excellent value menu will be popular. All around Canterbury there are reminders of the past and we’re excited to be part of the present day.”

Hampshire Boutique Hotels buys Salisbury site: Hampshire Boutique Hotels has bought the 29-bedroom Red House Hotel in Salisbury, Hampshire, off an asking price of £995,000. The property is situated at the junction of the A303 and A338 to the north of Salisbury, a short distance away from Thruxton Motor racing circuit and Stonehenge. Hampshire Boutique Hotels owns the award-winning G! Boutique Hotel in Southsea and plans to develop the wedding and function business at Red House, rebranding it and making use of the extensive grounds (circa four acres). Will Thomas, from selling agent Fleurets, said: “The sale of the Red House is a perfect example of the improved market conditions, as at the time of sale there were two other interested parties, who had also submitted offers for the property.” Eli Gray, managing director of Hampshire Boutique Hotels, said “We fell in love with the place from the moment we saw it – we think that with imagination and creativity we can transform the property and the business, and will be applying the same approach of outstanding service married to cutting-edge design and funky, fun features that have made G! Boutique Hotel such a success in Southsea.”

Veeno announces date for Liverpool opening: Italian wine cafe Veeno will open its fourth site in Liverpool on Thursday, 13 August. The company, led by Nino Caruso and Andrea Zechchino, is opening in Castle Street on the site of the former Brook Street employment agency, creating ten jobs. Veeno sells wines from the family vineyard in Sicily, Caruso and Minini, served with small plates designed to complement the drinks, such as traditional Italian meats and regional cheeses, as well as paninis, piadine (flatbreads) and salads. Caruso told the Liverpool Echo: “We’re delighted to be introducing the concept in a setting as cultural as Liverpool, our current venues have really created a buzz and we feel that Liverpool is really missing out.” The company, which launched in November 2013, has sites in Manchester, Leeds and York and earlier this year Caruso said its ambition was to become a national chain.

Turtle Bay applies to open restaurant in Oxford on site of former pub: Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay has lodged plans to open in Oxford on a site of a former pub. The company has applied to Oxford City Council to convert the independent Far From the Madding Crowd pub in Friars Entry into a restaurant along with an outdoor seating area and new shop front. The pub, which had been in the city centre for 13 years, was closed in January by landlord Charles Eld because the “business could no longer support the rent being charged”. Turtle Bay founder Ajith Jaya-Wickrema told the Oxford Mail: “We’re really excited to open in Oxford and bring with us our rum, reggae and jerk. It’s a fantastic city and we’re really looking forward to opening there and bringing a little piece of the Caribbean into town.” The company has about 20 restaurants across the country and opened its latest venue in Derby on Friday.

Forza Win to launch new pop-up noodle bar, plans permanent site for concept: London-based Italian restaurant Forza Win is to launch a new pop-up noodle bar at its Peckham site – and then is planning a permanent site for the concept. The pop-up called Bosslady is inspired by a restaurant in Hong Kong’s Tai Po region and will specialise in beef brisket noodles – ngau lam mein – with sides including choi sum and fish skin “scratchings”. It will run every Sunday for six weeks from Sunday, 9 August and Forza Win, which also has a venue in Old Street, then intends to launch it at a permanent site of its own.

Multi-site operator Unique Country Inns takes on fifth site: Multi-site operator Unique Country Inns has taken on its fifth pub – Enterprise Inns’ The Cross Keys in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. The company, owned by Phil Thompson and Jonathan Pennycott, has reopened the High Street pub together with Enterprise Inns two years after it was severely damaged by fire. The pub had become a retreat for bereaved families attending repatriation ceremonies for fallen servicemen and women. Unique Country Inns runs four other pubs including Royal Wootton Bassett’s Prince of Wales. Together with Enterprise, it has invested a significant sum in the pub, which has cost more than £500,000 to resurrect, and created more than 25 jobs. Thompson said: “We’re pleased and delighted to be playing a part in restoring this important pub to its former glory, and introducing new features and a new menu that we’re confident will attract local regulars back, and bring in tourists, too. And we believe we’ve treated the role the pub played in the repatriation ceremonies with dignity and respect, having dedicated a room to that part of its long history.” The Cross Keys boasts two bar areas, a restaurant, function room for 60 people, large beer garden, and will feature cask ales, food, and live music. The pub’s old penny-topped bar – water damaged as fire crews tackled the blaze – has been restored and turned into a wall hanging while a fire-damaged, smoke-blackened roof beam is now mounted in a display case. No one was injured in the blaze, which started accidentally, in July 2013.

London-based Manuka Kitchen owners launch second restaurant Salt and Honey: London-based restaurateurs Joseph Antippa and Tyler Martin, who own Manuka Kitchen in Fulham, have launched their second venue in Bayswater. The duo has opened Salt and Honey in Sussex Place, just north of Hyde Park. The 50-seat restaurant spans three floors – two of which can be converted into private dining rooms. The menu, which “concentrates on British ingredients with occasional forays into Europe and Australasia”, includes Manuka honey glazed salmon, shaved fennel with pomegranate and Wagyu beef bolognaise, hand cut pasta with rocket pesto. Salt and Honey is open from Tuesdays to Thursdays between noon-3pm and 5.30pm-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm and 5.30pm-10pm and Sundays from 10am-8pm.

Award-winning South Shields-based fish and chip restaurant Colmans set to start expanding with second site: Award-winning South Shields-based fish and chip restaurant Colmans is set to start expanding after lodging plans to open a second site in the town. The company, owned by Richard and Frances Ord, has applied to South Tyneside Council to transform the Sea Road bandstand and public convenience – known locally as Gandhi’s Temple – into a new restaurant that will also include a cocktail and oyster bar and takeaway. If approved the new restaurant, which would be called Colmans Seafood Temple, is expected to create 35 jobs. Richard Ord, whose business has won countless awards including best restaurant in the National Fish and Chip Awards, told The Shields Gazette: “Our coast offers some of the best fish and seafood in the UK, most of which will be reflected on our menus. The Temple is about offering everyday quality and value for money, in a restaurant that makes you feel good. Our seafood will be sustainably caught with much certified by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), and much will come from our local fisherman, and we will, of course, use the fantastic local produce our region has become famous for. Our aim is to create an informal family seafood restaurant, value for money, great service and fantastic views to match.” Family-run business Colmans opened its original site in Ocean Road in 1926.

JD Wetherspoon set to open new £1.6m pub in Southampton: JD Wetherspoon is set to open a new £1.6m pub in Southampton – its fourth in the Hampshire city. The company has applied to Southampton City Council to redevelop the independent Red Lion pub in Bitterne Road, creating 50 jobs. A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon told the Daily Echo: “We have exchanged to purchase the pub but it needs planning and licensing permission which we don’t have yet. The redevelopment would take at least three months and it will look completely different to how it does now, a whole new design.” The application is for a new entrance canopy with an external balcony area above on the first floor as well as a three-storey rear extension above the existing single-storey flat roofed extensions. The proposal also includes a 40ft bar and the upstairs, which is currently a flat, will become an extension of the pub for people to dine and drink. JD Wetherspoon has three other pubs in Southampton – The Standing Order in the High Street, The Giddy Bridge in London Road and The Admiral St Lucius Curtis in Ocean Village.

Revived Northampton brewery opens bar: The revived Phipps brewery in Northampton has opened a new bar in the restored Albion brewery. The original Phipps brewery in Northampton closed in 1974, but the name was revived in 2008, with the beers being brewed under licence at the Grainstore brewery in Rutland. In February, it was announced the revived Phipps Northampton Brewery Company would be opening a £1m brewery on the site of the former Albion brewery in Kingswell Street taken over by the original Phipps. It has now opened the new bar featuring eight hand pumps featuring Phipps, Hoggleys, a revolving guest ale, lagers, craft ales, wines and spirits, including Phipps Kingswell Gin. Food will be served from noon and there will be gigs and events on Sunday and Monday nights later in the year. A Phipps spokesman told the Northampton Chronicle: “We will be keeping the space true to its origins as a working brewhouse where you can drink ale with the smallest carbon footprint in the county but the biggest taste and the longest history.” Phipps brewery shop will also reopen once work has finished, selling Phipps and Hoggleys bottled beers as well as its gin, vodka and mineral water and also Friars Farm pickles and chutneys. After that, work will continue on the first-floor Albion Brewery Venue, a 200-capacity concert venue.

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company gets permission to build micro-brewery complete with visitor centre, cafe and bar: Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company has been granted permission to build a micro-brewery complete with a new visitor centre, cafe and bar in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. The company, which was established in 2009, is currently operating from a site based outside the town. But it will now develop a former auction room in Kirkby Lonsdale after permission was secured on appeal by north west-based planning consultancy Steven Abbott Associates. Andrew Tait, a planning consultant based at the company’s Kendal office, told Bdaily Business News: “We are very pleased to have secured an approval for the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company for the conversion of this under used building in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale into a brewery, visitor centre, cafe and bar, which will be a positive addition to this attractive and thriving market town.” Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company said it believed the visitor centre would allow the public to gain an understanding of the brewing process.

Ben & Jerry’s owner plans to more than double UK sites: Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream brand owned by Unilever, is planning to more than double its number of UK sites. The company is aiming to increase its number of stores from 85 to 200 with the majority being in shopping centres. While most of them would be under the Ben & Jerry’s brand, a small number will be speciality tea shops, known as T2, reports The Sunday Times. Ben & Jerry’s, founded in 1978, has been part of Unilever since 2000. Unilever’s refreshment division, which houses the ice cream and tea brands, has more than £6.3bn in worldwide annual sales.

Intertain invests in Swansea site, plays down Barnsley Walkabout closure: Walkabout operator Intertain has invested £750,000 in its Swansea site in Wind Street. Manager Leah Cross said: “Our team is creating something magical for our customers. The bar will have a bright, fresh new look. We’re introducing a range of tasty food dishes with some great craft beers; we’ll be shaking some magnificent cocktails; and showing the best of sport as we ride the wave from day to night showcasing the best in music talent with some awesome DJ’s.” Meanwhile, Intertain has played down speculation it is to close its Barnsley site. Planning permission is being sought to convert what the applicant describes as “the former Walkabout bar to provide two retail units and five flats”. A spokesman for the company said: “We can confirm we’ve put in a request for alternative use planning permission; however we have only done this to assess our options and it doesn’t mean we’ll be closing. We’ve just spent money redecorating the venue, improving our pavement cafe area, and upgrading our screens and AV equipment in preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.”

Wagamama confirms Bracknell opening: Wagamama has confirmed it plans to open in Bracknell’s new-look town centre. The company will open in the spring or summer of 2017 following the completion of work to overhaul the town centre. It will be sited in the new Northern Retail Quarter and joins Carluccio’s, Las Iguanas and PizzaExpress in the growing list of businesses preparing to open in the Berkshire town.

Technomic and Propel partner for UK and US foodservice trends and direction conference: Insights and research firm Technomic is partnering Propel for a full-day conference looking at UK and US foodservice trends and perspectives. The event is on Friday, 18 September at One Moorgate Place in London and attendees will also get a free copy of Technomic’s Top 500 US Chain Restaurant Report and the UK’s leading 100 foodservice brands worth a combined £800. Technomic’s vice-president Dave Henkes will give an industry update on UK foodservice and compare it with the US as well as providing forecasts and beverage trends in both markets. Fellow vice-president Darren Tristano will examine best practice in menu, concept and service among growth concepts as well as looking at consumer demands. Technomic’s Patrick Noone will provide insights on current UK trending menu flavours and preparations and consumer priorities and attitudes. Paul Damico, group president of Focus Brands – which operates several fast-food concepts in the US including Schlotzsky’s Bakery & Café and Moe’s Southwest Grill – will share best practices around creating a unique positioning, culture and growth strategy. Propel managing director Paul Charity will also lead a discussion of senior executives about current consumer trends, menu and beverage trends. Those taking part are: Jon Yantin, commercial director of the ONE Group, Chris Gerard, founder of Innventure, James Nye, managing director of Anglian Country Inns and Ben Levick, director of operations, TCG Group. Tickets are priced at the two-week early-bird rate of £295 plus VAT for operators and £495 plus VAT for suppliers and are available by emailing

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