An outline programme has been announced for this year?s HTA Catering Conference, which takes place on 9 and 10 June at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
Hot topics that impact garden centre catering will be top of the agenda in both conference and workshop format.
The conference, complete with conference dinner and exhibition will offer plenty of time for networking, with the conference exhibition providing a great opportunity to meet with catering product suppliers.
There will be plenty of time for networking, with the conference exhibition providing a great opportunity to meet with catering product suppliers.
Day one of the event will focus on Strategy and Operations, with Paul Pleydell hosting the first day.
It will cover the industry as a whole as well as latest trends, growing and expanding, driving footfall and reaching out to a wider audience, managing people and how to create ambience on a budget.
Tim Greenway, director at Highfield Garden World, will present a case study on how you can manage growth and expand your catering business. Highfield opened a ?2.5 million, 450-seat restaurant with floor to ceiling glass walls, a vaulted ceiling and indoor and outdoor seating areas, and has gone from strength-to-strength over the past year.
The conference dinner, also held at The Belfry, will round off day one.? The dinner will be another chance to network and share experiences with fellow industry colleagues.? An after-dinner speaker will be announced in the coming weeks.
Day two?s programme will focus on food ? innovation and inspiration, provenance, menu planning and cost control ? and will be hosted by Doug Stewart, owner and CEO of Waring Stewart Associates.? Waring Stewart Associates work with Garden Centres to help them to establish their first coffee shop, or take their catering offer to the next level.
Rebecca Rayner, joint managing director of Glebe Farm Foods, will talk about how garden centre catering outlets can make the most of the gluten free market and how to ensure your restaurant or tea-room isn?t left behind.
Booking for the HTA Catering Conference 2015 is now open, please go to www.cateringconference.co.uk