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MA Leaders | 16 May 2024, Cardiff

We’ll be hosting the usual great conference and outstanding study tour taking in the best and most interesting sites the Welsh capital has to offer. The conference will see presentations covering everything from the application of AI, latest drinks trends, a summary of the latest pub sector market report and how to improve your sustainable credentials to name a few. We’ll also be hearing from some leading operators on their biggest mistakes and what they learnt.

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Agenda from MA Leaders Club Liverpool, 7 March 2024

  • Welcome | 10:00am

  • Setting the Scene | 10:20am - 11:00am

    Local operators John Ennis, Iain Hoskins and Elaine Clarke will give the low down on the Liverpool pub and bar scene, where are the opportunities and challenges in the market.

  • State of the Nation | 11:00am - 11:20am

    UKHospitality’s Allen Simpon sets out his vision for the year ahead as a general election looms.

  • Menu Management | 11:20am - 11:40am

    With shrinking margins and the cost-of-living crisis creating headaches for operators, how can businesses engineer their menus for maximum efficiency and returns? Menu guru Annica Wainwright, co-founder of 2Forks, will share tips to improve your offer, grow spend and create better customer experiences.

  • Break | 11:40am - 12:00pm

  • Category Vision | 12:00pm - 12:20pm

    How to Win with Ale. As the ale category continues to face challenges, Greene King takes a look at the cause of those challenges, what can be learnt from outside of the category and then how we can apply this to give ale the future it deserves.

  • Future Forecast | 12:20pm - 12:40pm

    With a new year now dawned we look ahead to what top operators are expecting for 2024 and beyond. With Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars Owner Tim Bird and Admiral CEO Chris Jowsey

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

  • Lunch | 13:00pm - 14:20pm

  • Opportunity Knocks | 14:20pm - 14:40pm

    With a challenging market, are people still brave enough to launch new ventures? Yes, and we’ve got three of them on hand - Osh Rogers, licensee of the Devonshire, James Kowszon, former supplier turned Publican, and Neil McDonnell, Founder and CEO of Hickory's.

  • What your staff aren't telling you | 14:40pm - 15:00pm

    Sixty Eight People speak to thousands of managers every year about why they want to leave (and stay) in role. Abi Dunn gives her no-holes barred insight into what really matters to managers in the industry.

  • Exit Plans | 15:00pm - 15:20pm

    We hear from serial entrepreneur Clive Watson on his thoughts on the sector following the sale of City Pub Co to Youngs, his experiences over the years and where he sees things heading as he considers his own next moves.

  • Study Tour Start | 15:20pm

Study Tour Stops

  • The Bridewell

    A Grade ll listed Police ‘bridewell’ that dates from the mid 19th century, lovingly converted into a pub, with the cells now used as seating areas that provide an unusual focus for the downstairs bar, with original heavy doors and hatches to help send you back in time.

  • Present Company

    A cocktail bar which opened in May 2019, Present Company's focus is on serving world class cocktails alongside some great music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

  • Ropes & Twines

    A speciality coffee shop and wine bar sourcing and serving the highest quality produce from all over the world. A sanctuary from the bustle of Bold Street, this establishment pride themselves on excellent wine, speciality coffee and conversation.

  • Albert's Schloss

    A retreat from the modern world where you can discover new things and celebrate one another. Influenced by travels across Alpine Europe; expect roaring fires, raucous performances and tankards of Europe’s finest bier.