Loungers CEO Nick Collins (pictured left) will talk about the group’s decision to IPO and what that means for the future of the business when he joins the speaker roster at this year’s CGA Future of Finance seminar at 30 Euston Square, London, on Thursday 20 June.
Collins will be in conversation with CGA vice president and event chairman Peter Martin discussing how the process went, what he and the senior team learned, how things have changed, if at all – and whether the stock market should be home for more hospitality operators.
Also speaking will be Niels Lorijn (pictured right) of Capdesia, the London-based private equity house which is focusing on investing in next-generation foodservice, on why it is backing the continued growth of Wasabi, the now international on-the-go-food brand.
Taking the risk out of growth and targeting the right places to open and invest in will be big themes at this year’s event.
The exclusive invitation-only seminar will bring together CEOs, business founders and investors with CFOs, property directors and non-execs to discuss the hot topics impacting the future health of the restaurant, pub and bar world. CGA’s expert team will be on hand to fuse its unrivalled data sources to identify the places and people to target for growth, diversification and possible contraction in this ultra-competitive market.
At the heart of Future of Finance will be issues around supply and demand. With the casual dining sector reaching saturation point, how far will it contract? Is the recent resurgence of pubs temporary or permanent? Which towns, cities and segments still have headroom for growth? How are changes in cuisine tastes and drinking habits affecting consumer spending? And what are the data tools needed to track and predict these shifts in the market?
These are just some of the questions that Future of Finance will set out to answer. CGA’s team will be drawing on its location and due diligence capabilities to show brands how to evaluate the size of the prize, identify the gaps in the market and better understand their target consumers.
With help from sector bosses, the agenda will cover other big business issues too, including investment, sector deals, rising costs, supply chain, recruitment and the wider UK economy. The full speaker programme will be unveiled shortly.
Future of Finance is supported by Caterer.com, Coffer Corporate Leisure, Fourth, Freeths, Odgers Berndtson, RSM and Zonal, and takes place at 30 Euston Square in London on Thursday 20 June. Learn more and request a free place here.