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Business leaders networking at the Peach 20/20 Conference  

04 Oct 2023

Peach 20/20 Leaders’ Summit - content announced

This year’s agenda-setting summit will explore real opportunities for innovation, transformation and growth across the UK eating and drinking-out market - the forces shaping the sector’s future and the hurdles that will need to be overcome.

We’ll be:

  • Mapping out the economic and political landscapes
  • Asking how the need for vital funding will be met
  • Arguing for the sector to double down on investment in technology, sustainability, consumer insight and people

Our roster of expert and inspirational speakers will highlight the need to transform thinking to drive innovation and creativity alongside operational efficiencies.

Those contributing on the day include: Ross Walker, Kate Nicholls, Jack Gibbons, Jane O'Riordan, Sarah Willingham, Rod McKie, Ashton Crosby, Éadaoin McDonagh, Sunaina Sethi, Ed Davenport, Helen Charlesworth, Marcello Distefano, with Peter Martin in the chair.

The 2023 Leaders' Summit Agenda:

The state of play

Peach 20/20 founder Peter Martin sets the scene, drawing on the latest data, insight and sector sentiment to spotlight the key challenges for the boardroom, from changing consumer habits to creating a winning culture. What’s marking out the sector’s leaders from the pack?

UK plc: the economic outlook

Ross Walker, chief UK economist and co-head of global economics at NatWest Markets, returns to Peach 20/20 to deliver his analysis of Britain’s economic health, prospects for growth - and what it all means for business

Funding for growth

To prosper, hospitality companies, whether major corporates or entrepreneurial start-ups, need investment and reliable financial support. So where is that funding coming from? Our panel will examine: hospitality’s attractiveness; the merits of the public markets, private equity and business incubators; the lending environment; the lessons of recent deals and the expectations of increased deal activity. They are:

The head-to-head interview

Jack Gibbons, one of America’s leading restaurant and bar entrepreneurs and CEO of Dallas-based FB Society, has led the successful incubation of original concepts across the US - from fine dining to food halls, taco stalls to stylish wine bars, community bars to slider stores. He talks to Peter Martin about pushing the boundaries, creating a lasting culture - and delivering rapid growth.

All change? Politics 2024

Kate Nicolls OBE, CEO of UKHospitality, gives her insider view of the political landscape - what we can expect to see change and what might not in the coming 12 months. Where can business make an impact on the legislative agenda? 

Future proof - the leaders’ panel

Hospitality has never been short of ambitious leaders - but confidence is rising too. So what does the future look like across the sector - what are the board agenda priorities on both the domestic and international stage? What are the pinch points? What will give companies an edge? We ask our panel from across the restaurant, bar and pub market.

With 250 board-level directors, entrepreneurs and business founders already registered to attend, we are guaranteed a summit of high-quality discussion, debate and analysis.

The Peach 20/20 Leaders’ Summit returns to the Roundhouse, London on 14 November. To join the industry’s brightest and best, contact to apply for your VIP invitation.

With thanks to the Peach 20/20 Leaders’ Summit headline partners: CGA by NIQDiageoFourthNutriticsWireless Social and Zonal; premium partners Harri; and Chapman Ventilation; event partners Airship, Brakes, Cardlytics,  Coca-Cola,  Freeths and Toggle. And, our association and charity partners Balance the Board, Be Inclusive Hospitality, Only a Pavement Away, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Tim Bacon Foundation and UKHospitality.


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