Arena Savoy Lecture

with Simon Townsend, CEO, Ei Group

On the evening of Monday 16 April, Simon Townsend, the CEO of Ei Group, will join the illustrious list of industry leaders to speak at the Arena Savoy Lecture.  The CEO of the largest pub company in the UK will give an insight into Ei Group's significant shift in model and strategy from its origin in tenanted and leased pubs to managed houses. He will also explain the genuine opportunities available to sector suppliers and partners and how these can be maximised.

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Single Tickets Excl. VAT

  • Members £195
  • Non-members £245

Tables of 10 Excl. VAT

  • Members £1,755
  • Non-members £2,205

The Event

The Ei Group of 2018 is a very different company to the Enterprise Inns (as it was formerly known) that began a notable journey of transformation in 2015.

Not only is it the largest pub company in the UK, it’s also the fastest growing managed-house business creating enormous opportunities for all – including suppliers and businesses targeting the pub market.

At the Arena Savoy Lecture, on the evening of Monday 16 April 2018, Ei Group’s CEO, Simon Townsend, will give an insight into the business’ significant shift in model and strategy. He will also explain the genuine opportunities available to sector suppliers and partners and how to maximise them.

This really is a must-attend event for anyone targeting the pub market.  Don’t miss Simon Townsend as he discusses:

  • The motivation behind the strategy to transform Ei Group from its origin of tenanted and leased pubs to managed houses
  • The size and timeframe of the ambition
  • The process, challenges, opportunities and key learnings for Ei Group
  • A central purchasing function and the increased opportunities for suppliers and partners to work with Ei Group
  • The remodelling of Ei Group’s tenanted and leased arm and the further opportunities it’s created

The popular Arena event is renowned for enabling beneficial interaction between foodservice and hospitality professionals from across the sectors.  Attendees will also enjoy the five-star hospitality of one of London’s most iconic hotels, The Savoy, including a drinks reception and three-course dinner with wine.

About Simon Townsend

Simon Townsend, Chief Executive Officer, Ei Group plc joined the Company in February 1999, was appointed to the Board in October 2000 and appointed as CEO on 6 February 2014.

Simon has worked in the pub and leisure industry for 30 years in various sales, marketing, commercial and operational roles, previously with Whitbread plc, Allied Domecq plc, Rank Group plc and Marston, Thompson & Evershed plc. He is currently Vice Chairman of the BBPA.