Propel Multi-Club – Navigating the new normal

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Propel Multi Club

Propel Multi Club ~ Navigating the new normal conference


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


10.00am-10.30am: Stephen Owens, managing director of pubs and restaurants at Christie & Co provides an overview of the affect of covid-19 on the pub, restaurant and hotel property market – and where it goes from here.

10.30am-11.00am: Tim Shield of John Gaunt & Partners, “Licensing in the time of covid”: Tim Shield talks about the opportunities and challenges that face the sector as it adapts to the covid era – and emerges from it.

11.00am-11.30am: Andrew Ball, partner at hospitality specialist haysmacintyre, which has 140 clients in the sector, provides insights on the key accountancy issues all operators need to be aware of generated by covid-19.

11.30am-12.00pm: Panel: Leading operators talk to Mark Wingett about covid-19 changed their businesses, their leadership style and the sector for the better and the worst: Kevin Charity, founder of Coaching Inn Group, Andy Laurillard, founder of Giggling Squid, Peter Borg-Neal, founder of Oakman Inns; Prue Freeman, founder of Daisy Green.

12.00pm-1.00pm:  Lunch

1.00pm-1.30pm: Robert Cook, chief executive of TGI Friday’s, talks to Mark Wingett about how the business has navigated lockdown with a new management team and new ideas.

1.30pm-2.00pm: Richard Hodgson, chief executive of YO!, discusses how the company used the crisis to evolve into a fast casual operator.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Simon Potts, chief executive of The Alchemist, talks to Mark Wingett about navigating the crisis, opening new sites, listening to its teams and evolving its culture.

2.30pm-3.00pm:  BrewDog’s chief operating officer David McDowall talks about how the BrewDog fought back against the crisis and lessons it learnt from its international businesses.

3.00pm-3.30pm:  Coffee Break

3.30pm-4.00pm:  NPD Group’s Dominic Allport talks about the impact of covid-19 on consumer behaviour and trading and looks forward to highlight the likely winners and losers from the market rebound over the next 12-18 months.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Andy Hornby, chief executive of The Restaurant Group, talks to Mark Wingett, about how the Wagamama owner approached the crisis, the restructuring of the business and the lessons learnt.

4.30pm-5.10pm: Panel: Leading sector players on what comes next for the sector:  Luke Johnson; Kate Nicholls; Robin Rowland; Jonathan Downey talk to Propel insights editor Mark Wingett.


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


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