Ask Arena: From Re-Opening Roadmap to Recovery - 24 JUNE - CLICK HERE TO BOOK FOR THIS FREE WEBINAR!

By Berenice, Friday 11 June 2021

On the morning of Thursday 24 June 2021 (8.30-9.45am), CGA’s Karl Chessell, Business Unit Director for Hospitality Operators & Food, EMEA, will take us through the sector reopening journey, examining initial market performance and revealing the sentiment of both leaders and consumers. There will also be a focus on the key trends that are here to stay, which operators and suppliers will need to take account of in their strategies for the second half of 2021. REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE WEBINAR.


This will be followed by an interview giving unique insights into how operators are responding as the market continues to re-open.  Peach 20/20’s Founder and Executive Director, Peter Martin will be speaking with key operators to explore what’s going well and what challenges they have encountered, as well as delving into what surprises were in store they didn’t anticipate.

Guests attending the webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions after both the research presentation and Peter’s interview.

Our Speakers

Karl Chessell

Karl Chessell is CGA’s Business Unit Director for Hospitality Operators & Food, EMEA. He worked with CGA as a partner and consultant for more than 20 years before formally joining in April 2018. Karl is passionate about eating and drinking out and it has been a constant throughout his career, leading international teams at global businesses including Experian and TransUnion. His team work closely with pub, bar and restaurant operators and food service companies to provide deep insight on the hospitality sector – market performance, sector shape & size, consumer trends, business sentiment, brand strategy, pricing, where to focus and where to invest.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is one of the most respected and experienced influencers and opinion-formers in the hospitality world, with 40 years experience as entrepreneur, columnist, editor, media owner, market analyst and board adviser.

He is founder and executive director of Peach 20/20, hospitality’s most influential events programme, which includes the flagship Peach 20/20 conference and Hero & Icon awards ceremony held in London every November. Peach 20/20 is now at the heart of a year-round programme of face-to-face and virtual events, including the Atlantic Club, an exclusive international network for senior executives from the out-of-home food and drink market, which Peter started three years ago.

Over the years, he has launched and run a raft of business magazines, newsletters and conferences, sits on the advisory council of UK Hospitality and during the COVID-19 crisis has continued to work closely with CGA and UK Hospitality to support the out-of-home sector, helping to deliver industry insight and data, and chairing and curating industry webinars.

He is a trustee of the Tim Bacon Foundation, the cancer charity created in memory of celebrated restaurant and bar entrepreneur Tim Bacon.  In 2016 he won the Special Achievement Award from Eat Out magazine, and in 2018 the Special Award at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.


Book Your Tickets Now for Arena’s 1st Live Event of 2021

By Berenice, Tuesday 8 June 2021

Welcome Back! We are delighted to announce that Arena's first live, in-person event of 2021 will take place on Monday 5 July 2021 at the luxurious, 5* award-winning hotel, Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire - part of Iconic Luxury Hotels. This exclusive, Arena members only event will present attendees with the opportunity to once again re-connect, face to face with industry friends and colleagues whilst enjoying the fabulous hospitality of this Grade I stately home set upon 376 acres of National Trust grounds.

The Event – What’s In Store?

Starting at midday guests will arrive to enjoy a refreshing few drinks on Cliveden’s Churchill Terrace. This will be followed by an insightful keynote speech in the adjacent Churchill Room by Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director of Iconic Luxury Hotels who will give an overview of both Cliveden and Chewton Glen (Clivedon's sister hotel) and how he has differentiated the brands from other 5* luxury hotels plus his plans for developing and growing the hotel group.  

After Andrew's address, guests will return to the Churchill Terrace for drinks, canapes and a BBQ buffet lunch prepared exclusively for this event by Cliveden's Executive Chef, Paul O'Neill.  

Later in the afternoon, guests will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the house to find out why Cliveden has remained a pinnacle of intrigue and glamour with its story one of over 350 years of powerful personalities and iconic parties.

Click here to find out more about this wonderful event.

Why Attend

Arena’s first exclusive event this year will provide the ultimate networking opportunity.  With guests limited to 50 and in secure Covid-compliant surroundings, you will have the opportunity to have those all-important face to face conversations that our industry is built upon and has been sorely missed.  You will also have the opportunity to hear from our exceptional speaker, Andrew Stembridge whilst at the same time enjoying the hospitality and surroundings of one of the most iconic venues in the UK.

How To Book Tickets

If you would like to attend, please email Lorraine Wood –  Tickets are exclusive to Arena members only and are £175 + vat per ticket.

We look forward to you joining us for this wonderful event and cannot wait to see you!