This year’s Peach 2020 Conference and Hero & Icon Awards is now officially a sell-out, with a roll call of the industry’s top names booked in for a packed day of discussion, networking and celebration.
The Conference will be held at the Brewery on Chiswell Street in London on Wednesday November 21. The full schedule for the day can be found below, and delegates should note that the event will now start promptly at 2pm.
Peach 2020 will delve deep into the complex and challenging eating and drinking out sector with the help of the latest data from CGA’s unrivalled suite of research sources. Big issues including premiumisation, peaking food sales, oversupply and the evolving pub market will all be analysed by CGA experts including CEO Phil Tate and strategic initiatives director Rachel Weller.
Elsewhere at Peach 2020, a host of stimulating sessions will be steered by CGA vice president Peter Martin and industry insider Robin Rowland OBE. They will include a head to head with business mentor, serial entrepreneur and inspirational industry icon Karen Jones CBE, and a leaders’ panel featuring Las Iguanas managing director Mos Shamel and Moto chairman Mike Tye.
A second panel session will focus on entrepreneurship, drawing on insights from Brewhouse & Kitchen co-founder Simon Bunn, Vagabond founder Stephen Finch and Pho marketing director Libby Andrews. Brexit and the political landscape will come under the spotlight with the help of leaders from four influential business groups: UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls, National Farmers Union director general Terry Jones, the British Retail Consortium’s director of food & sustainability Andrew Opie and Food & Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright.
The stellar Conference line-up is completed with a round-up of tech innovations from London Food Tech Week founder Nadia el Hadery, and an update on the progress of the latest industry-wide initiative to promote diversity through leadership mentoring from Holly Addison of Odgers Berndtson, with Levell Partnership director John Levell and Ventures, BT managing director Nick Hale providing new insight on the role of neurodiversity in the workplace.
There will also be plenty of time for the kind of top-level networking and socializing for which Peach 2020 is renowned. Following the Conference is the annual dinner to reveal the 2018 winners of the prestigious Hero & Icon Awards—the companies and individuals who have inspired us most this year.
Registration for Peach 2020 begins at 1pm on November 21, with the Conference starting at 2pm sharp.
Peach 2020 conference agenda – November 21, 2018
1.00pm Registration opens
2.00pm Conference begins
Setting out the challenges
Welcome from conference chairs Peter Martin and Robin Rowland OBE
2.10pm Competition, oversupply and what’s really happening to the pub
What the latest data analysis really says about the changing shape of the market
- Phil Tate, CEO, CGA
2.30pm Ambitious and undaunted
Why entrepreneurial enterprises continue to launch and grow. Peter Martin chairs a panel discussion
- Libby Andrews, marketing director, Pho
- Simon Bunn, co-founder, Brewhouse & Kitchen
- Stephen Finch, founder, Vagabond
3.00pm People: nurturing a rare resource
- Holly Addison, of Odgers Berndtson, chairs a session looking beyond issues of gender and ethnicity towards tackling the often unseen challenge of neurodiversity
- Nick Hale, managing director, Ventures, BT
- John Levell, director, The Levell Partnership
3.25pm Head to Head with Karen Jones
Industry Icon Karen Jones CBE draws on her vast experience of working with both entrepreneurial start-ups and big corporations across hospitality, and beyond, to talk about the challenges facing the sector and how to survive them, in conversation with Peter Martin
3.55pm Coffee, tea, networking
4.20pm Peak food, premiumisation and the consumer
Understanding the public’s changing tastes
- Rachel Weller, strategic initiatives director, CGA
4.35pm Power politics: feeding Britain
Leaders of the four most influential business groups in the food and drink arena set out the challenges for food and drink supply in a post-Brexit world.
- Chaired by UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls
- Terry Jones, director general, National Farmers Union
- Andrew Opie, director of food & sustainability, British Retail Consortium
- Ian Wright, chief executive, Food & Drink Federation
5.05pm Tech top-up
- Nadia el Hadery, of London Food Tech Week, presents the three big advances in food and drink technology this year
5.15pm The Leaders Panel
What are the levers that seasoned executives expect to pull to see them through these uncertain and competitive times? Robin Rowland leads the discussion
- Mos Shamel, managing director, Las Iguanas
- Mike Tye, chairman, Moto
- Zoe Bowley, managing director, PizzaExpress
6.00pm Drinks & Canapes
King George II Room
7.00pm Awards ceremony begins
CGA is grateful to our sponsors of this year’s Peach 2020: