Three of the biggest names in casual dining – James Spragg and Steve Holmes, the CEOs of Casual Dining Group (CDG) and Azzurri Group respectively, and David Campbell, executive chairman at Bill’s Restaurants – are on the Keynote menu for Casual Dining 2020, the organisers have revealed.
The speaker line-up for next year’s show, which takes place on 25-26 March at London ExCeL, also includes Amber Wood, managing director of The Cosy Club at Loungers and Baton Berisha, managing director of The Ivy Collection.
Laura Harper Hinton, owner and creative director of Caravan Restaurants, and an investor on the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu, will also be speaking as well as Andrew and Prannee Laurillard, founders of Thai chain Giggling Squid, and Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality.
Ex-wagamama boss David Campbell, who was appointed executive chairman at Bill’s Restaurants last summer, will be focusing on the reimagining of Bill’s during his keynote. He will outline how the chain has gone about refurbishing almost half its estate and discuss its growth pipeline.
James Spragg, who became CEO of CDG earlier this year, is expected to provide an update on the Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge owner’s delivery and digital strategy, plus insights into some of the new initiatives and growth opportunities that it has planned for its 300 restaurants.
Steve Holmes will share his thoughts on the trends and issues shaping the casual dining industry and reveal how the Azzurri Group continues to focus on reviewing, refining and evolving its customer proposition.
Event manager, Eva Ellis, said: “While we can certainly promise plenty more big name announcements over the coming weeks, it doesn’t get much bigger than CDG, Azzurri Group, Bill’s, The Ivy Collection, and Loungers – who operate some of the UK’s most well-known casual dining restaurant brands – speaking exclusively at their industry show,” said
More than 220 leading casual dining suppliers are lined up for next year’s show, exhibiting everything from ingredients and food to kitchen kit equipment and payment solutions.