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he 2017 Pub Leaders Summit takes place on 20 March, at
an even bigger location than last year – Royal Randwick
Racecourse. The move to Randwick was made necessary as
last year’s inaugural event was sold out. This year, Pub Leaders
Summit is expected to host close to 400 publicans, group operators,
managers and other industry players from across Australia for another
informative and useful day for pub decision-makers.
The Summit is divided into two components – the mini-expo and
conference. The expo again will host some of the most respected
suppliers to the pub industry across a variety of operational facets.
Platinum sponsor Intrust Super – for the second year running – will
engage attendees on all of their innovative and award-winning
superannuation services for the hospitality industry. Also returning for
2017 are gold sponsors JLL Hotels & Hospitality, stalwarts in pub real
estate; and CUB, which will be showcasing its range of beers.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and enquire about a
variety of different products and services that will be beneficial to their
venue. The exhibitor list includes POS and operational technology
providers such as AusComply and Bepoz; food equipment providers
J.L. Lennard and Silverchef; workforce trainers Allara Learning; design
service providers Cayas Architects and Meridian Construction Services;
and security providers Prosegur – plus many more.
The conference is jam-packed with excellent content that any hotel
operator will find informative and relevant to their business. This year’s
program sees more than 25 respected hoteliers take part in 12 different
panels and presentations. The subjects vary between evolving marketing
and PR methods, to the increasing consumer expectations in F&B, to the
current place of live music in pubs and the regulations surrounding them.
The speakers involved are representative of hoteliers across the
country. Operators of large groups taking part include Antony Jones,
COO of Merivale; Dan Brady, COO of Redcape; and Grady Patching,
national operations manager for Colonial Leisure Group. Single venue
operators are represented by the likes of Ben Pearce of the Beach Road
Hotel and Luke Hiscox of Union Hotel.
Regional operators are also involved in a few panels this year, with
Alistair Flower, owner operator of Settlers Inn in Port Macquarie
speaking in two panels, and Sean O’Hara of the O’Hara Group, director
of several regional New South Wales pubs also participating on the day.
While the Pub Leaders Summit is taking place in Sydney, the event is
a national one, and operators from around the country are also joining
in on the conference panels, including Alex Farquhar of The Caxton
in Brisbane, Matthew Nikakis of the Racecourse and Rosstown Hotels
in Melbourne, and Mathew George, who heads up JLL Hotels &
Hospitality’s Melbourne office.
Last year, many attendees found the conference extremely useful, and
we’re sure that this year will be no different. Stephen Hunt, director of
Hunt Hospitality in the Newcastle region of New South Wales, took
part in last year’s conference and this year will be sending down several
members of his team to attend the Summit.
A delegation from Saturno Group in South Australia attended the
summit last year, and Alice Hemming, marketing manager for the group,
said that hearing the experiences of hoteliers in other states was a good
way to gauge the issues that could potentially affect their business.
“For us, it was interesting listening to publicans from the east coast,
particularly from larger groups, to hear some of the challenges they face
that in SA perhaps we presently don’t have to deal with. It was good
to see some of the faces behind the bigger groups and listen to their
operating models - particularly on working and training staff, and staff
interaction on the ground.”
Both Hemming and Hunt suggested that the sessions they were most
interested in this year are the premiumisation of beverages, and the
presentation from hospitality mystery shopper, Louise Heffernan, on the
lessons she has to impart to hoteliers from her own experiences removed
from the operational side of the industry.
THE 2017 PUB LEADERS SUMMIT IS DRAWING NEAR, AND IT PROMISES TO BE
EVEN BIGGER THAN THE INAUGURAL SUMMIT LAST YEAR.
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