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.
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.