The biggest contract catering story, an exclusive venue and culinary adventure - The Arena Face2Face

By Berenice, Monday 6 July 2015

The Arena Face2Face Interview & Lunch 2015 on Wednesday 30 September will be different to any other Arena, and indeed industry, event you have experienced. With a new and exciting format and venue to inspire at every level, it is simply an event not to be missed!

On Wednesday 30 September, engage with foodservice and hospitality professionals who will experience:

  • The inimitable Alastair Stewart who will get to grips with the personalities behind what is arguably the biggest story in contract catering this year – Bill Toner, Group CEO and Tim Jones, Chairman, CH&Co Group
  • The buzz of being the first event to grace the renovated Great Hall of the breath-taking Lambeth Palace, including a guided tour
  • A sensational culinary adventure courtesy of Food Show
  • Continuous opportunities to engage with industry colleagues.

With insight, knowledge and inspiration that attendees can take back to their own businesses, this genuinely is an amazing event. Click here to secure your place online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.

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A new residence:  The stunning setting of Lambeth Palace, is the new home of the Arena Face2Face. This impressive historic building is not a well-known event venue and Arena is thrilled to lead the way and bring a large event to its glorious grounds. The Face2Face will in fact be the very first event taking place in the Great Hall since its renovation, giving guests a truly exclusive experience.

Steeped in history and set within nine acres, Lambeth Palace boasts the largest gardens in central London.  As part of the Face2Face experience, attendees will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the palace and grounds.

A culinary adventure: The Arena Face2Face Interview & Lunch is brought to you in partnership with Lambeth Palace and Food Show.  Throughout the one-day event, attendees will be served a mouth-watering array of fine food by Food Show, who have a passion for delicious, elegant food that will push the culinary boundaries. With a selection of contemporary canapés followed by a mixture of fabulous bowl food and eye catching food stations there’ll be plenty to tickle your taste buds whilst connecting with fellow industry professionals at the same time. The food will most definitely be an important and memorable element of the Arena Face2Face experience.

A dynamic duo: ITN’s celebrated anchor man, Alastair Stewart OBE, will interview two prominent industry personalities –Tim Jones, Chairman, CH&Co Group, and Bill Toner, Group CEO, CH&Co Group.

The contract catering sector was shaken up on 1 June 2015 when it was announced that the leading independent caterer and Royal Warrant holder, CH&CO, was to merge with HCM Group (Host Catermaster Group) to form CH&CO Group.  The deal gave the new business a turnover approaching £200m and a team of 4,500 providing services to over 400 operations across the UK and Ireland.

Alastair Stewart is the master at getting under the skin of a major story and his ability and prowess at asking the questions that matter will make for a sensational Face2Face interview.

As the industry continues to watch the new CH&Co Group closely, Alastair will put Bill Toner and Tim Jones through their paces to get to the crux of the important issues. Topics up for discussion include the motivation behind the merger, the financial implications, company dynamics, the new competitive platform, the long-term objectives, how the new and bigger company will preserve reputations for looking after clients and customers established when smaller, and how the merger changes the shape of the contract catering sector.

Industry engagement: Underpinning the inspirational hat trick of the new venue, the culinary excellence and the newsworthy interviewees is the opportunity to connect and engage with industry professionals from all sectors and disciplines of the foodservice and hospitality industry.

Don’t miss out!  Click here to secure your place online or contact Lorraine Wood personally by email or on 07803 853 618.