The show boasted a collection of 162 exhibitors covering every aspect of the pub industry from integrated music systems and soft drinks to premium bar snacks and EPoS. Being the only trade show of its kind, exhibitors had the unique opportunity to meet, network and engage with a wide range of pub owners and operators from across the country, with 84 per cent of those attending having purchasing authority, an increase of almost 20 per cent on last year and 57 per cent owners, directors and managers.
After appearing on stage with Gareth Bath from BrewDog and Jasper Cuppaidge from Camden Town Brewery in the ‘Clash of the Titans’ keynote seminar, CEO of Meantime Brewing Co Nick Miller said: “Shows like PUB16 are really great things to do. It is specific to the trade and gives suppliers a chance to showcase their wares and make more things available to publicans going forward which will hopefully help them make their businesses even more successful.”
First-time trade show exhibitor Cara Leighton, managing director of Leighton Brown Crisps commented: “PUB16 was our first trade show and it went really well – the atmosphere was great, there was a really good quality of visitors and it gave us the chance to speak to lots of different operators, from independents to groups of 50 or more pubs. Our vegetable crisps have been specifically designed to pair with beer, so while pubs currently account for around 50 per cent of our business hopefully as a result of exhibiting at PUB16 this will increase.”
Featuring a stellar line-up of industry professionals in a series of thought-provoking seminars and talks at the Business Theatre in association with Elliotts and presented by Sky, the show brought a number of key issues facing the pub industry to the surface.
The ‘State of the Nation’ talk with chairman of the British Institute of Innkeeping Anthony Pender, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of CAMRA Tim Page and chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers Kate Nicholls as chair tackled the impact of issues such as community asset pubs and the living wage on the pub industry. After an active and engaging debate, Anthony Pender ensured publicans left the talk feeling positive and enthused as he stated: “Our sector is tenacious and positive, let’s sustain that positivity and continue to innovate and survive.”
Recruitment was on the agenda at Recruit –Train – Retain, a dedicated area of the show focusing on training and staffing. With sessions from industry experts such as Martin-Christian Kent, executive director at People 1st and an open training session led by director and head of UK compliance at CPL training Paul Chase which discussed the dilemmas of running premises in the night time economy.
Commenting on the success and quality of the show’s second year, event director Luke Perry said: “We are thrilled with the increase in attendance this year. The feedback for the show continues to be hugely positive from both exhibitors and attendees with over 3,400 visitors eager to hear and see new ideas and discover techniques and products for helping improve their pub offering and their profitability. We look forward to continuing this in 2017.
PUB17 takes place on 7 and 8 February 2017, returning to London’s Olympia.
The PUB16 team would like to thank this year’s sponsors and supporters:
The AMLR, Athena Mentoring, Bar, Beer Academy, British Beer & Pub Association, BFBi, British Institute of Innkeeping, Boutinot, Brewdog, CAMRA, Cask Marque, CBR 16 London, Custard Communications, Eat.Drink.Sleep, Elliotts, Enterprise, Fever-Tree, Focus on Pubs, The Host, inapub, Licensed Trade Charity Support & Care, Meantime Brewing Company, Propel, Pub & Bar, Sawday’s, Sky, Springboard, Tracklements, Visit England and WSET.