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MA Leaders | Next Event: 2 October 2024, Oxford

The final MA Leaders Club event of the year will be taking place in Oxford on 2 October 2024. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, we'll be heading to this studious town to thoroughly explore the pubs, bars and drinkeries in this thriving student hub.

We're aiming to knock it out of the park with some hot topics and an outstanding range of speakers and locals who will be sharing their expertise and providing members with inspiration and advice on how best to run their estates in the near future. The day will be completed by a study tour of the area, which will include plenty of food & drink to help guests get an authentic feel for the town.

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Agenda for MA Leaders Club Cardiff, 16 May 2024 | Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Sophia Walk, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9XR

  • Welcome | 10:30am

  • Setting the Scene | 10:35am - 10:55am

    Nick Newman of Croeso Pubs and Cardiff Licensees Forum, along with Brad Cummings of Tiny Rebel, Carolyn Brownell from For Cardiff and Rob Toogood from Fuel Rock Club give a flavour of the Cardiff pub and bar scene.

  • Energy Update | 10:55am - 11:15am

    With energy markets volatile as the middle east continues to face an ongoing crisis, Gerry O’Hara from Nationwide Energy will give an update on what operators need to know and expect from the market, and how they can try and protect themselves from potential spikes.

  • Market Matters | 11:15am - 11:35am

    What are the key trends driving the sector? Insight gurus Lumina provide the latest data from the front line of pub operations with Maggie Davis updating you on consumer and market developments

  • Break | 11:35am - 12:00pm

  • Staying Ahead | 12:00pm - 12:20pm

    CGA by NIQ’s Jonathan Jones will be revealing the trends to look out for in the drinks category alongside some of the consumer behaviour and market dynamics that are driving them.

  • Green Growth | 12:20pm - 12:40pm

    Fresh off the back of being declared Sustainable Pub Company of the Year, Greene King director of ESG Matt Pearce talks through Greene King’s sustainability journey and what has made them an award winning operator in this space.

  • Table Workshop | 12:40pm - 13:00pm

    With the economic outlook cautiously improving, experience is remaining key to pull in punters, as hightlighted in our sneak preview of the Pub and Bar Market report. In groups, we'd like you to get together and share your thoughts on the ways you'll be improving the experience for customers - whether that's through your food and drink offer, or activities and events.

  • Lunch | 13:00pm - 14:20pm

  • Brand Building | 14:20pm - 14:40pm

    Bucking the trend of consolidation, Andrew Fishwick, ceo of Hestia, will discuss how his group is looking to invest into the sector, work with partners and build exceptional hospitality brands.

  • Unlocking Hospitality's Future | 14:40pm - 15:00pm

    With new technologies like AI poised to drive major shifts across the hospitality industry, how might they transform pub going experiences? Join Chris Jolliffe from Dojo to uncover the future of hospitality at the intersection of technology and innovation.

  • My Biggest Mistakes | 15:00pm - 15:20pm

    We’ll hear from top operators Alastair Scott of Malvern Inns and Kris Gumbrell of Brewhouse & Kitchen on learnings throughout their career and what these mistakes have taught them.

  • Study Tour Start | 15:25pm

Study Tour Venues

  • Blue Bell (33 High St, Cardiff, CF10 1PU)

    A traditional pub with a contemporary twist in Cardiff city centre.

  • Bar 44 (15-23 Westgate St, Cardiff, CF10 1DD)

    A former canal warehouse, the Bar is split up into four separate subterranean rooms with arched brick ceilings which serve to enhance the buzzing atmosphere which is central to all great tapas bars. Bar 44 Cardiff is the only venue in the UK which pours three different sherries from full sized barrels behind the bar.

  • Par 59 (Basement, Unit at Imperial Gate, St Mary St, Cardiff, CF10 1FA)

    A collaboration between Gareth Bale’s Elevens Group and Cardiff’s The DEPOT, Par 59 brings the competitive world of golf to Cardiff city centre. This venue is home to a premium bar, independent kitchen, space for laid-back, casual dining, and two custom-designed mini-golf courses boasting 9 holes each.

  • Rum & Fizz (Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10)

    Experience robust flavours, diverse rums and unforgettable cocktails at Rum & Fizz. With mixologists armed with extensive knowledge of all things rum, they can infuse each creation perfectly and create cocktails to your liking.