Bar and Nightclub Conference

Bar and Nightclub Conference

Monday, 8 October 2018, Bafta, 195 Piccadilly W1J 9LNS

The UKHospitality and Propel Bar and Nightclub Conference for the late night sector.



Tickets are priced at £139+VAT for operators who are UKHospitality members and £195+VAT for non-UKHospitality members. Supplier tickets are £185+VAT for UKHospitality supplier members and £285+VAT for suppliers who are not UKHospitality members.
Tickets can be booked by emailing Anne Steele at



12.00pm-12.45pm: Registration

12.45pm-1.00pm: Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, chair of the Mayor’s Night-time Commission and a panel member of the government’s cultural cities inquiry, provides an update on political and regulatory developments affecting the bar and nightclub sector.

12.30pm–1.00pm: Karl Chessell, who heads CGA’s retail business unit, reveals details of new research on usage, areas of growth, food and drink trends, and evolution within the UK bar and nightclub market.

1.00pm–1.30pm: Simon Potts, managing director of award-winning bar and restaurant brand The Alchemist, talks about the brand’s USPs and evolution, staff training and development, and future prospects.

1.30pm–2.00pm: Toby Smith, chief executive of Novus, talks about the company’s progress including brand evolution, the expansion of Late Night London, progress at its Balls Brothers brand and development of its craft beer and pizza format, Tank & Paddle.

2.00pm–2.30pm: Alan Lorrimer, founder and managing director of House of Song, talks about operating London’s only two venues, Piano Works in Farringdon and Studio88 off Leicester Square, which offer non-stop late-night music based exclusively on an audience-requested repertoire, playing a part in ensuring London provides a world-class music offer. He will co-present with operations director Tristan Moffat.

2.30pm–3.00pm: Coffee

3.00pm–3.30pm: Charlie Gilkes, founder of Inception Group, talks about the company’s nine-year journey in opening some of the most innovative venues in central and south-west London, including Maggie’s, Bunga Bunga, Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots.

3.30pm–4.00pm: Andrew Stones, managing director of cocktail bar brand Be At One, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, talks about expanding into the regions, producing market-leading like-for-like sales, its focus on providing a highly differentiated cocktail experience, and future plans.

4.00pm–4.30pm: Leading licensing barrister Sarah Clover provides a personal perspective on the key legal issues and developments bar and nightclub operators face in the current climate.

4.30pm–5.00pm: Kate Nicholls talks to Tokyo Industries founder Aaron Mellor, Richard Hamlin of First Merchant, Peter Marks of Deltic Group, Tom Kidd of Adventure Bars and Lord Smith about the current trading and regulatory landscape in the late-night market.






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