Leaders of the pub sector who will take the stage include:

  • NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Chris Hill, CEO of New World Trading Company, will be joined by members of the company to discuss the innovations that propelled them to be the best hospitality company to work for, according to the Sunday Times annual rankings.
  • NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Justin Phillimore, CEO of Charles Wells and Steve Wilkins, co‑founder of Little Gems, will review the power of joint ventures, on the back of their partnership geared at growing their joint managed estates.
  • Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fuller’s, will be talking about the innovative work the group has done to support and develop its people, including pledging to pay for residency for established non-UK staff and investing in technology to keep its workforce connected.
  • JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin will discuss the evolution of the company’s training programme, which has been responsible for producing many of the current sector leaders. He will also give his views on how the brand continues to innovate in its product offer to tap into consumer trends.

There will be a presentation of key findings from MCA’s UK Pub Market Report 2018, focusing on the trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the UK pub market for 2018 and beyond. The full report is available to pre-order now at a reduced rate for confirmed attendees of the MCA Pub Conference 2018.

MCA will reveal our pricing analysis by the major chains, using MCA’s dedicated MCA’s Menu Tracker tool.

Additional speakers will be confirmed shortly – in the meantime, you can benefit from the early bird rate of £395 +VAT until 30 April.

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Full agenda to be published shortly:

8.15 – 9.45: CEO Pub Market Summit
(invitation only – please contact Ubaidah.Abowath@mca‑
Simon Stenning, Executive Director at MCA, and Steve Gotham, Director of Insight at MCA, will provide an executive summary of MCA’s UK Pub Market Report 2018.

9.30am: Registration

10am: The Pub Conference 2018 starts

Around 4pm: The conference closes, followed by networking drinks.