Propel Multi-Club Conference

Thursday, 5 March 2020, Millennium Gloucester hotel, London

The first Propel Multi Club conference of 2020 is to be held on Thursday, 5 March at Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 4LH



9.00am-10.00am: Registration

10.00am-10.30am: What’s Simon French, of boutique management advisory and research firm Bixteth Partners, looks at the major trends affecting the sector – and predicts what lies ahead.

10.30am-11.00am: Leading barrister Gareth Hughes examines the major legal challenges the sector faces.

11.00am-11.30am: Andrew Gallagher, former marketing director for Cote and Ten Pin, gives his top ten tips to maximise your marketing budget’s impact.

11.30am-12.00pm: Tim Martin, chairman and founder of JD Wetherspoon, talks to Paul Charity about the “realities of success in the pub trade and business”.

12.00pm-1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm-1.30pm: David Sweeney, UK head of business development for Dodo Pizza, which runs more than 500 stores eight years after being founded, sets out how the company, which plans to become the UK’s second-largest pizza delivery company, has created a new pizza offer underpinned by advanced and innovative technology.

1.30pm-2.00pm: Ian Saunders, franchise industry veteran, shares his personal perspective – gained from 30 years of franchising American casual dining bar and grill, pizza delivery and fast casual pizza restaurants internationally with TGI Fridays, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut – on “Should I take my UK business overseas and if so how?”

2.00pm-2.30pm: Daniel Spinath, founder of Crepeaffaire, talks about the genesis, development and potential of his brand, backing from the BGF, airport locations and franchising the brand.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Andrea George, head of retail and leisure at developer Bruntwood, which owns and operates more than 100 landmark properties in the UK, talks about the company’s foodservice incubation space Hatch, the importance of experiential dining, the rise of the food hall, and the role of food and drink in creating a destination.

3.00pm-3.30pm: Coffee break

3.30pm-4.00pm: BrewDog chief operating officer David McDowall, who has seen the company’s bar network grow from 14 sites to circa 100, talks to Propel insights editor Mark Wingett about the growth and development of its bar network, franchising, USPs, training, and future plans.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Simon Mitchell, chief executive of Kerb, provides an overview of developments in the UK food market scene, including how the company is working to identify and develop street food operators and the opening of the company’s first permanent street food site at Seven Dials, Covent Garden.

4.30pm-5.00pm: James Spragg, chief executive of Casual Dining Group, whose brands include Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia, talks to Propel insights editor Mark Wingett about making progress in a challenging market for casual dining operators.

5pm onwards: Networking drinks at the Hereford Arms


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


Propel Multi Club Sponsors March 2020


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