Andy Kemp shares learnings from 40 years of industry opportunities and challenges at Savoy Lecture

By Berenice, Friday 14 February 2020

Since we announced that Dr Andrew Kemp MBE is to headline this year’s Arena Savoy Lecture, the response has been incredible. He truly is one of the most well-known, well-respected leaders and personalities in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Join over 200 foodservice and hospitality colleagues at London’s beautiful Savoy Hotel on the evening of Monday 9 March to learn from Andy’s wealth of knowledge and 40 years of industry experience.

An unmissable event

With the addition of amusing anecdotes, he will share the highlights and challenges he’s faced from his very first role, through the early pioneering days of foodservice distribution and its evolution into the industry it is now.

The Group Sales & Marketing Director for Bidfood, Andy is an experienced marketeer and sales director. His career has seen him launch or relaunch many favourite consumer brands here in the UK and his great influence stems from his passion for best practice, diversity, talent and skills development and customer service, alongside his commitment to nutrition, health and wellness.

Genuine connections

The Arena Savoy Lecture is well-attended by senior, influential leaders from across the industry that understand the benefits of face-to-face connections. Make sure your name is on the guest list to benefit from the opportunity to build lucrative business relationships with over 200 senior individuals from key foodservice and hospitality companies.

Tickets are available now. Click here for more information and to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.


‘Arena Futures’ launched to bring together young hospitality talent

By Berenice, Monday 3 February 2020

Arena has today announced the launch of ‘Arena Futures’, a new group bringing together young talent from across the hospitality sector. The committee, made up of individuals from across the contract catering, hotels, wholesale and supplier sectors, will regularly meet to discuss industry issues, whilst helping to shape Arena’s approach to attracting new people to its networking events.

Steve Norris, chairman of Arena, comments: “The main Arena events have been going for over 30 years and are well attended events with guest speakers including Tom Kerridge, celebrity chef; Roger Whiteside CEO of Greggs and Bill Toner, CEO of CH&CO.

“The idea of ‘Arena Futures’, appropriately named by the new committee, is to attract new people to Arena and to organise events which are accessible to younger people or people new to the industry; with trendy venues and speakers relevant to people’s careers.”

Led by chair Karis Thomas, who manages PR and events for Bestway Wholesale, the committee includes entrepreneurial young colleagues from Bidfood, Biotiful Dairy, ISS, Just Eat, Nestle, The Landmark Hotel and William Murray. They will meet quarterly to review and plan events and set out the strategy for Arena Futures. Whilst an age limit will not be imposed for attendees of the Arena Futures events, it is expected that hospitality employees of the millennial generation will be the key target audience.  

It’s proposed that the events calendar will include a Spring launch event targeted at helping people make connections, a summer event with key speakers to help people develop their transferable skills and a Christmas event geared to enhance individual’s growth for 2021 with trends updates and a review of the year. A fourth event will be part of the main Arena calendar, bringing together existing and new members in one location.

The first event will be held in March and tickets will be available to both office-based employees and operational teams, including anyone working within food and hospitality, be that for a contract caterer, wholesaler or supplier, a hotelier, chef, waitress or bar staff.

Lorraine Wood, director of Arena, adds: “Arena is all about networking and I know that sometimes it can be intimidating to walk into a room full of people you don’t know. The Arena Futures committee are tasked with introducing new people from across the industry to existing events and members, through organised networking activities and using their own connections to make introductions.”

The committee members include:

Bestway Wholesale - Karis Thomas (Chair)
Bidfood – David King and Emily Lowery
Biotiful Dairy – Richard Anthony
ISS - Adam Richards, Ellen Potts, Lewis Jansen, Natalie Tuckwood
Just Eat - Charlie Fortune
Nestle Professional - James Turner
The Landmark Hotel - Oliver Darrington
William Murray - Victoria Joseph