Ask Arena: ‘Lessons to be Learned from China’ with Johnny Kang, CEO, Bidfood Asia - 12pm, 7 May 2020

By Berenice, Thursday 30 April 2020

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL! A waiting list in operation for those that wish to join.

As the UK looks to the rest of the world, especially the East, for guidance and lessons learned from Covid-19 we are delighted to have the CEO of Bidfood’s Asian business, Johnny Kang as our keynote speaker for our next Ask Arena webinar on Thursday 7 May from 12-1pm.

Johnny Kang

Johnny is the CEO of Angliss Asia which is part of Bidcorp and he oversees the running of the business in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam employing over 2250 people across the business. 

A Singaporean citizen based in Hong Kong for the past 16 years, Johnny graduated in hospitality management at ‘Les Roches’ Switzerland and has over 30 years experience of food and beverage distribution in Asia.

Johnny will also be joined by his General Manager, Grace who manages their operation in Wuhan, China and has experienced Covid-19 at 'grass-roots' level.

Why Attend?

This Ask Arena webinar will give attendees the opportunity to learn, first hand about Covid-19 in China as Johnny discusses:-

  • How coronavirus affected the foodservice and hospitality industry
  • How companies diversified and what markets they sold into
  • What the market looks like now the country starts to return to a ‘new normal’
  • The trends emerging in Asia
  • What practical changes Asian operators are seeing that hospitality operators and UK suppliers can learn from

You will also have the opportunity to ask Johnny and Grace questions at the end of the session.

How to join the webinar

If you would like to join the webinar, please send an email to Lorraine Wood at, who will send joining instructions. Whilst the webinar is free to join, we do ask that you make a donation to Springboard ‘s Urgent Appeal if you are participating – 

This event is not to be missed and will provide you with unique knowledge on how you can potentially move your business forward when the UK comes out of lockdown. We anticipate a lot of interest in this Ask Arena webinar and places will be limited on a first come first serve basis so don’t delay in reserving your place!

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday at midday.

Ask Arena: Navigating your legal requirements around Covid-19 plus drinks & networking - 4pm 16/4/20

By Berenice, Tuesday 14 April 2020

Following the launch of Ask Arena last week and our first successful get-together focusing on managing your finances during Covid-19, we are pleased to announce our second get-together will take place at 4pm on Thursday 16 April 2020 and we are delighted to have as our speaker, Sebastian Calnan, Senior Consultant, EMW Law LLP.

What is ‘Ask Arena’

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause major disruption to businesses right across the food supply chain, Ask Arena has been launched to support you, our members and your business whilst at the same time raising vital funds our industry charities Hospitality Action and Springboard.

The aim of the events are to bring our members together in a virtual setting and give you valuable advice and solutions from experts during the coronavirus pandemic and bring the outside in.  We have teamed up with one of our members, William Murray and 23 Digital to bring these events to you and to give simple, honest and practical advice to help you.

Click below to see a video of last week's Ask Arena focusing on Finance. 

In true Arena style, this week’s event will not only feature our keynote speaker and audience Q&A but there will also be drinks and networking!

Right now, many companies are trying to navigate and understand their legal obligations so the second Ask Arena will focus on the legal issues affecting the supply chain.

About Sebastian Calnan

Sebastian is a member of the Food and Drink Sector with EMW Law LLP, having previously been the in-house legal adviser at Bidfood.  He also advises on procurement, goods and services agreements, supply chain issues, competition law and regulatory issues with particular expertise in the food industry.  EMW are members of Arena and the Food Law Group in London.  

To join us at 4pm on Thursday 16 April 2020, please email Lorraine Wood at or telephone Lorraine on 07803 853618 .  The event is free for Arena members to join – all we ask is that you make a small donation to Hospitality Action Covid-19 Emergency Appeal or Springboard’s Urgent Appeal.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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