Finance & Investment Conference 2019

Finance Conference

Friday, 24 May 2019, 1 Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

This conference is aimed at operators progressing through expansion and investors looking for opportunities within the hospitality sector.

To Book Tickets:

Tickets are £295 +VAT for Propel Premium members and £345 +VAT for all others.

Email: or call 01444 817 691 to book


8.30am – 9.30am: Registration

9.30am – 10.00am: Market overview: Ramzi Qattan, director at Christie & Co, gives an overview of the current pub, restaurant and hotel mergers and acquisitions market.

10.00am – 10.30am: Preventing fraud: Andrew Ball, partner at haysmacintyre, gives his top ten insights on how to spot and prevent internal and external accountancy fraud.

10.30am – 11.00am: Funding growth: Mission Mars chief executive Roy Ellis talks about finding a funding partner, the BGF, to facilitate expansion of the company’s bar brand, Albert’s Schloss, and pizza business, Rudy’s.

11.00am – 11.30am: Message in a bottle: Fleet Street Communications managing director Mark Stretton on creating a communications campaign that complements a sales or investment process, touching on the company’s recent work with Be At One.

11.30am – 12.00pm: Fit to sell: Andrew Stones, of Imbiba and formerly managing director of Be At One, talks about the challenge of moving a business forward whilst optimising it for sale.

12.00pm – 1.15pm: Lunch

1.15pm – 1.45pm: Smell the coffee: Fraser Anderson, partner at Sapient Corporate Finance, looks at the particular investment attractions of the retail coffee market in the wake of Sapient’s recent sale of a majority stake in Coffee#1 to Caffe Nero.

1.45pm – 2.15pm: Innovation in funding and the art of the possible: Oakman Inns and Restaurants founder and chief executive
Peter Borg-Neal talks about growing the company through new financing routes and partnerships and adapting to the economic climate.

2.15pm – 2.45pm: New kid on the block: TriSpan European operating partner Robin Rowland discusses the opportunities and challenges to being a new entrant into the UK and European scene and what the UK can learn from its US investment peers.

2.45pm – 3.15pm: Coffee

3.15pm – 3.45pm: Selling and investing: Charlie McVeigh talks about the lessons learnt selling five hospitality businesses over the years, including the sale of Draft House to BrewDog, and his investment criteria in the current climate as he seeks to make as many as three new investments.

3.45pm – 4.15pm: Rabbit food: My Million Pound Menu investor Chris Miller, founder of White Rabbit Fund and investor in Kricket, Island Poke, Lina Stores and Kym’s, talks to Propel managing director Paul Charity about his investment criteria, understanding the market and developing his investments.

4.15pm – 4.45pm: Investing in a downturn: David Campbell, chairman of Bill’s Restaurants, talks to Propel insights editor Mark Wingett about investing in a downturn on refreshing a business, enhancing its offer and re-engaging its people, and the results of this work so far.

4.45pm – 5.20pm: Panel Session: Fleet Street Communications founder Mark Stretton talks to Jyotin Sethi, founder of JKS Restaurants; Brandon Stephens, advisory partner at TriSpan; Ali Aneizi, partner at Tamweel Capital; and Tim Barrett, leisure analyst at Numis Securities; about the sector’s prospects, growth opportunities, and mergers and acquisitions trends.

5.20pm: After-conference drinks at The Token House, Moorgate (downstairs, Cellar Bar) sponsored by Finch Insurance Brokers & Employee Benefits.


WITH GRATEFUL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: CPL Training, Yapster, Christie & Co and Finch insurance Brokers

To book, email Anne Steele on: or call 01444 817691

To download the schedule please click here