Theme and first speakers for the Arena Summer Event confirmed

By Berenice, Thursday 23 May 2019

Agility is an important ingredient for successful business in the ever competitive and changing hospitality industry. Through a series of thought-provoking and inspirational speakers and discussions the Arena Summer event on Friday 19 July 2019 will explore how brands and businesses have continually evolved to stay ahead of the game and remain relevant, innovative and exciting.

Taking place at the iconic Grade II listed building 30 Euston Square, a venue managed by Searcys, we're delighted to announce as part of our speaker programme:

Martin Williams, CEO, Rare Restaurants
Successfully merging his own brand M Restaurants with the troubled chain Gaucho, Martin will discuss the way the deal came about, his plans to evolve and expand both brands under Rare Restaurants to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s consumer, how he is looking to work with his suppliers and the advice he would give to businesses to stay agile and ahead of the game.

Matt Thomas, Managing Director, Searcys
From the original in-station champagne bar at St. Pancras to the iconic city landmark The Gherkin, Searcys' venues have a world-renowned, long-standing reputation for quality and innovation.  Last year under Matt’s leadership, Searcys proudly celebrated its most successful year in its 172-year history.  This puts him in the perfect position to explore how one of the UK’s longest-running event caterers and restaurateurs continues to innovate whilst remaining relevant, exciting and attractive to its core audience, despite suppressed consumer spending and high street struggles.

Why attend?

  •  Learn what drives different businesses and new approaches to staying ahead during challenging times
  • Understand how you can work with different organisations for mutual success
  • Gain insight into the next trends, opportunities and challenges the industry is facing and how to apply this knowledge in your own business
  • Interact with over 150 hospitality and foodservice professionals in the spirit of building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships
  • View the guest list prior to the event and take advantage of the opportunity to request introductions
  • Experience the splendour of 30 Euston Square and enjoy a delicious three-course lunch with wine, created by the talented hospitality team

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