Propel Multi-Club Conference

Propel Multi-Club Conference

The final Propel Multi Club conference of 2017 is to be held on

Wednesday, 1 November 2017,

at Millennium Gloucester Hotel

4-18 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4LH


Operators of multi-site companies can claim two free places by emailing Anne Steele on:


***Speaker Schedule***


9.00am-10.00am: Registration


10.00am-10.30am: Simon Chaplin, head of restaurants at Christie & Co, provides an overview of the pub, restaurant, foodservice and hotel sector M&A landscape, current valuations in the market and the do’s and do nots when attempting to attract investment or sell a hospitality business – and provides insights on the range of investors currently seeking to invest in the sector.


10.30am-11.00am: Andrew Ball and Gareth Ogden, of sector accountants haysmacintyre, report on the results of the sector’s biggest benchmarking survey, which is conducted in partnership with Propel and had more than 100 sector companies participate this year.


11.00am-11.30am: Darrel Connell, of investment fund Imbiba, talks about investing in early-stage multi-site companies through Imbiba’s new £50m Growth Fund, whose advisory board includes Karen Jones, Graham Turner and Karen Forrester.


11.30am-12.00pm: Jeremy Simmonds and Matt Grech-Smith, founders of the Institute of Competitive Socialising brand Swingers, which combines crazy golf, high quality bars and street food in the City of London, with a second site opening early in 2018, talk about their brand, its USPs, future plans and the thinking behind the Institute of Competitive Socialising.


12.00pm-1.00pm: Lunch


1.00pm-1.30pm: Eric Partaker, co-founder of Chilango, talks about the highs and lows of creating and expanding an innovative Mexican brand in the UK market over the past decade.


1.30pm-2.00pm: Better burger outside of London: Richard Boon, founder of Hubbox, which has received £3.4m of external investment, talks about the company’s journey in expanding to six sites in the West Country, offering better “burgers, dogs and beer”.


2.00pm-2.30pm: Nick Thistleton, founder and executive chairman of karaoke bar business Lucky Voice, talks about the brand, its development, his learnings about leadership and people development, and his subsequent transition into executive coaching.


2.30pm-3.00pm: Mark Sheasby, who is an elite sports ‘mind coach’ and corporate cognitive performance coach, helping clients in England and premiership rugby, England and premiership football and county cricket, talks about ‘the six habits of leaders who thrive and inspire in adversity”.


3.00pm-3.30pm: Coffee break


3.30pm-4.00pm: Ron Pearson, partner at Bowmark Capital, which has successfully invested in Living Ventures and Las Iguanas in the past, sets out the reasons why the private equity company invested in premium bar and restaurant operator Drake & Morgan and how the brand is being supported to fulfil its potential in the UK market.


4.00pm-4.30pm: Jonathan Swaine, managing director of Fuller’s Inns, sets out how the company has created a premium pub estate underpinned by service and training.


4.30pm-5.00pm: Roger Wade, founder of BoxPark, with sites in Shoreditch and Croydon, talks about the strategy behind the food and beverage offer at Boxpark and future plans.


To download the full schedule please CLICK HERE


With grateful thanks to our sponsors:


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