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2019 Agenda

From approx. 9.30am – Arrivals & registration

10.00am – Conference starts


10.00am – Graeme Smith, MD, AlixPartners

Graeme Smith will discuss M&A potential for the sector over the next 12 months.

Marston's Pubs and Bars

10.25am – Andrew Carlill, Director of pub operations, Marston’s Pubs & Bars

Andrew will deliver insight into the work Marston’s has done around ‘community heroes’ and fusing the best of its Destination and Taverns businesses. With an estate of around 1000, Andrew will also share the core trends that Marston’s believes apply to all pubs.

Laine Pub Company

10.50am – Wayne Shurvinton, managing director, Greene King Pub Partners

Wayne will contrast his experiences of operating in the branded franchise world with building local pub partnerships, considering whether despite the differences there are also similarities that can offer genuine growth opportunities for publicans across the country.

11.15am – Break

JW Lees

11.35am – William Lees-Jones, MD, JW Lees

Named “Best Brewing Pub Company” at this year’s Publican Awards, JW Lees’ MD will discuss the dynamics and opportunity of being a family brewer and pub operator in 2019.


12.00pm – David Shipton, corporate development and strategy director for the pub business, NewRiver

The combined pub portfolios of NewRiver and Hawthorn Leisure have created the UK’s eighth largest pub group. David will reflect on why NewRiver sees value in community pubs, how they fit with the REIT’s overall business model, and provide an update on the strategy for the combined portfolio of 650-plus community pubs.

Arc Inspirations

12.25pm – Martin Wolstencroft, CEO, Arc Inspirations

Martin shares the strategy and the journey from operating in his Leeds heartland to building a national chain, through targeted hubs centred around three core brands. One of these brands – “The Box” – won the award for “Best New Pub/Bar” at the Publican Awards earlier this year.

12.50pm – Lunch

1.50pm – Making pubs millennial magnets (Panel)

Mark McCulloch, the branding and marketing expert behind Supersonic Inc (and MCA columnist) will host a panel session entitled ‘Making pubs millennial magnets’ featuring contributions from:

 Russell Danks, marketing & strategy director, Punch Taverns
 Aaron Morgan, brand marketing manager, The Alchemist
 Tim Howard, marketing director, Deltic Group

The Inn Collection Group

2.20pm – Sean Donkin, managing director, The Inn Collection Group

Sean will discuss the group’s award-winning approach to developing its people as well as the next stage in its growth strategy following last year’s investment by Alchemy Partners. The group was named “Best Pub Employer – up to 500 employees” at this year’s Publican Awards.

City Pub Group

2.45pm – Clive Watson, Chairman, The City Pub Group

Clive will be joined by employee representatives to the board to discuss the company’s trailblazing decision to introduce weekly bonuses.

3.10pm – Break


3.30pm – Gareth Nash, insights director, MCA

Gareth will share highlights from MCA’s latest, in-depth research into the £22.5bn UK pub market.

Laine Pub Company

3.55pm – Gavin George, CEO, Laine Pub Company

Gavin will discuss how Laine Pub Company developed its multi-faceted approach to pubs, first across Brighton before moving into London. Following the company’s recent acquisitions in Birmingham, he will talk about how it aims to keep true to its DNA whilst expanding outside its traditional heartlands.

Oakman Inns

4.20pm – Peter Borg-Neal, CEO, and Dermot King, COO, Oakman Inns

Peter and Dermot share perspectives. Peter is a lifelong pub man and founder of multi award-winning Oakman Inns. Dermot recently joined, having delivered significant growth and profitability as MD of that other Great British institution: Butlins.

4.45pm – Close & networking drinks


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UK Pub Market Report 2019The 2019 edition of the Pub Market Report from MCA focuses on the trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the UK pub market for 2019 and beyond. It highlights that the UK pub market is set to grow ahead of the wider eating out market in 2019, led by the strong performance of wet-led operations, an-uplift in food sales and new interest and investment in tenanted and leased models.
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