So much to learn
You could be at the forefront of innovation. You could be a content traditionalist. No matter where your offer is pitched, there is always more to learn.
What’s intriguing about a room full of successful pub and bar operators listening to peers and industry analysts present their latest take on the market is seeing how much they’re learning. It doesn’t matter if they’re turning over £5m or £500,000 – if they’re motivated and committed to furthering their business, they know there’s always more that can be considered.
Earlier this month, Pub & Bar magazine brought the Pub Goers Conference back to the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, where hundreds of delegates centred their attention on a broad spectrum of topics delivered by an industry-leading line-up of speakers. The aim for the day was to enlighten operators on what it is their guests want – what they’re consuming, how they’re communicating, what attracts them to certain outlets – the topics made for endless considerations and debates throughout the day. You can read a little more about what happened at the 2016 Pub Goers Conference from page 30.
At a number of moments throughout the day, the variation in topic and analysis led to attendees addressing me with points such as, “I just never would have thought of that.” Many left with alternative perspectives and new ideas to take back to their operations.
It seems that this was a common theme throughout the past fortnight, particularly for the Pub & Bar team and those operators who have joined us at one of our latest events. From page 26, you can read all about what happened at the very first Pub & Bar Pepsi MAX Meet Up. We’ve been working with the guys at Pepsi MAX to bring together a group of like-minded operators interested in developing their cocktail menu through easy to deliver flavour pairings and innovative serves.
Much like at the Meet Up, surprising offers made up of traditional elements also featured strongly at the inaugural National Pizza Awards this month. Hosted by Pub & Bar’s sister title Casual Dining Magazine, 16 chefs from across the UK came together to compete for the title of best pizza in the country. Over 30 pizzas were tossed, tried and tasted throughout the day. See whose toppings topped the lot from page 36 onwards.
Tristan O’Hana - Group Editor