Arena Savoy Lecture 2019

With Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality

Armed with in-depth insights from regular meetings with Government, UKHospitality's CEO, Kate Nicholls, headlines this unmissable event on 20 March in London. Discussing the political process and likely next steps as we exit the EU and enter the next phase of Brexit planning, Kate will touch on core issues such as food security and supply, tariffs quotas and prices, and labour supply and migration. Other industry leaders will also give their differing opinions and approaches to the unprecedented situation.

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The Event

Kate Nicholls, the CEO of UKHospitality, will headline the Arena Savoy Lecture at what will be a crucial time for the hospitality industry, and indeed the country. Andrew Selley, the Chief Executive of Bidfood, will join Kate to share his opinion and approach during these uncertain times.

Armed with in-depth insights from regular meetings with Government, the UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, will discuss the political process and likely next steps as we exit the EU and enter the next phase of Brexit planning. Kate will touch on core issues such as food security and supply, tariffs quotas and prices, and labour supply and migration. 

Just nine days before Britain is (currently) due to leave the EU, Kate will look at the latest developments and lead an important debate on what Brexit means for the UK’s £130bn hospitality sector. As we enter uncharted territory, she will also explain the role and goals of UKHospitality in the months ahead.

Kate will discuss:

  • Be prepared: The potential impact of Brexit on the industry
  • An important voice: What UKHospitality is doing to represent and support businesses across all sectors
  • Strength in unity: How the industry can work together during challenging times

Andrew Selley, will also share his opinions and approach during these uncertain times.

Food supply and prices are a major potential issue with Brexit and as Chief Executive of Bidfood, one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK, and Chairman of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, Andrew is well placed to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

As recently reported in Wholesale News, Andrew explained that the uncertainty of Brexit leaves companies with no option but to make their own decisions on how to tackle the issues they are facing.  

A view from the top

The debate will open further, as we invite other industry leaders to take to the stage and give their views in a panel discussion chaired by James Bielby, the Chief Executive of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors. Influential names from across the sectors will join James, Kate and Andrew to give their differing opinions and approaches to the unprecedented political and economic situation.

They will discuss:

  • The challenges and opportunities Brexit brings
  • Running a successful business in times of change and uncertainty
  • How the industry can work together to make the best of Brexit

As well as benefitting from the important address and debate, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with fellow foodservice and hospitality professionals and 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 Kate Nicholls

Kate Nicholls was appointed CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, in April 2018, having previously worked as CEO and Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR.

In April 2018, Kate was appointed Chair of the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission to provide the Mayor with independent advice on London at night. Kate is also a member of the Events Industry Board, London Food Board, Tourism Industry Council, Cultural Cities Enquiry and London & Partners Members Group. In February 2019, Kate joined the Advisory Board for the Institute for Industrial Strategy.

After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager, starting her career in hospitality in 1993. Kate was Director at one of the largest independent public affairs companies, working with a number of hospitality, retail and leisure accounts before establishing her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.

About Andrew Selley

Andrew Selley is Chief Executive of Bidfood. Andrew has spent 20 years with the Bidfood business, primarily developing the Food Logistics business in the UK, as well as the businesses in Turkey, the Middle East, the Baltics and Spain. He became Chief Executive of Bidfood in 2014, and now also sits on the global leadership Foodservice Group within Bidcorp, Bidfood’s parent company.

The wider Bidfood business including foodservice, logistics and sister companies employs more than 6,600 people in the UK and have a shared focus on food innovation, service excellence and delivering great value.

Andrew was appointed Chairman of the FWD in 2016 and earlier this year was awarded the prestigious Grocer Cup for his contribution to the industry.

Prior to joining Bidfood, Andrew’s career began at Coca-Cola Enterprises, where he worked his way up from Graduate Trainee to Trading Director of the wholesale division.
 

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