Former Harrods director of restaurants and kitchens Paul Goodale will this morning give his verdict on the state of the chain business in the UK when he speaks at the 2015 CEDA conference.
He will discuss what is making the difference in retail, chains and the high street when he takes to the stage at the annual event, which this year is being held at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.
Goodale has more than 20 years’ experience of the foodservice market and has operated across the full spectrum of the industry, from gastro pubs and self-service food courts to luxury hotels and private members’ clubs.
He has conceived and opened more than 50 one-off concepts for the likes of Conrans and Harrods, and has extensive experience at every stage of the hospitality lifecycle, from acquisition through to sale.
During his time at Harrods he oversaw a transformation of the department store’s hospitality offer, which he went onto win awards for.
Goodale became the youngest FTSE CEO in 2008 and is presently director of Epicurean Holdings, a consultancy he founded six years ago.
He is also co-founder of Tesco-backed Fred’s Food Construction, described as a “Subway for Pret people”, which opened its first three stores last year.
Other keynote speakers on the bill at today’s annual CEDA conference include Allister Richards, CEO of Gather & Gather, Peter Martin, VP of CGA Peach, and LJ Rich, the presenter of the BBC Click technology programme.