Bright future for pubs adapting to new tastes

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The first-ever trade show on the future of the pub industry, Pub15, took place last week  at Olympia attracting over 150 high-end exhibitors.

It was opened by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government Kris Hopkins – sometimes called the junior Minister for Pubs – who said the industry has “a £22 billion impact on the UK’s economy and some 900,000 people are employed directly or indirectly.”

A recurring theme throughout the exhibition was how the recession proved a catalyst for change with many pub owners rising to the challenge by targeting families and offering high quality food and more woman-friendly environments and offering craft beers and more wines.

v01_0495__mediumIreland’s contribution to pubs in the UK was highly visible as Dublin-based Ol Irish Pubs showed off examples of their work to be found in Russia, India and USA while

GGD Globals, of Rostrevor Co Down, also exhibited their interior and exterior Irish pub designs.

A highlight of the event was The Pub15 Theatre – a  one stop advice shop which incorporated informative seminars on  topics ranging from getting investment support,  changing consumer trends, and food-oriented,  family-friendly and sports-led pubs.

The well-attended sessions featured tips from industry experts on recruiting, training and retaining the best talent from bar staff, managers and chefs.

A second event, Pub16 is already scheduled for next year from 9-10 February 2016.

See www.thepubshow.co.uk for more information.

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