Sponsor profiles

In today’s fast paced global market timing is everything. You want to protect, grow or transform your business. To meet these challenges we offer clients small teams of highly qualified experts with profound sector and operational insight. Our clients include corporate boards and management, law firms, investment banks, investors and others who appreciate the candor, dedication, and transformative expertise of our teams. We will ensure insight drives action at that exact moment that is critical for success. When it really matters.  AlixPartners’ leisure practice has a track record of working alongside leading national and international operators. Our transactions team have successfully executed many business disposals, acquisitions, fund raisings and debt advisory mandates in the sector. In addition, our operational specialists have consistently delivered outstanding results for our clients on projects, including cost optimisation, sales growth, lean operations, strategic advisory and international expansion. www.alixpartners.com

Asahi UK Ltd is the UK and Ireland subsidiary of Asahi Europe Ltd, and has responsibility for the development of Asahi Europe’s Super Premium Beer brands across the UK and Ireland. Our brands include Asahi Super Dry, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, our Belgian abbey beer St Stefanus, Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, as well as Polish brands Lech and Tyskie.  We have a fantastic portfolio of premium beers – something that we take great pride in. We’ve made it our mission to learn all we can about our beers so that we understand and appreciate what makes them so special.  Since 2005 in the UK, and 2008 in Ireland, Asahi UK has been marketing and distributing its unique Beer portfolio. Through its distribution discipline, supplemented by engaging and innovative marketing activities, Asahi UK is bringing value back into the beer category. We are a values-led organisation with a strong belief in teamwork, empowerment and the development of our people.    www.asahibeer.co.uk

Providing customers with the kinds of experience they will share and promote, recruiting the right staff and optimising real estate are just some of the challenges facing the sector. To navigate these issues, BDO’s Restaurants and Bars team provides clients with strategic advice covering audit, tax and business services.  Our team’s partners and staff are all sector specialists with the depth of experience and knowledge that comes from developing long-term relationships with clients. Our approach is to take the time to understand you and your business so that we can offer the ideas and insights that will make a difference to your bottom line.    www.bdo.co.uk/sectors/leisure-and-hospitality.


Britvic is the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks in Great Britain (“GB”) and the number two supplier of branded carbonated soft drinks in GB. The company combines its own leading brand portfolio including Robinsons, J2O, Drench, Purdey’s, Fruit Shoot and R White’s with PepsiCo brands such as Pepsi Max, Tango, 7UP and Lipton Ice Tea, which Britvic produces and sells in Great Britain and Ireland under exclusive PepsiCo agreements. Operating in both the ‘Take Home’ and ‘On-Premise’ channels, Britvic offers its customers a portfolio of soft drinks to meet every consumer occasion and has a strong track record of delivering successful innovation. www.britvic.com


Chapman Ventilation is one of the leading heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors specifically for the UK restaurant industry. We hand over in excess of 160 restaurant projects every year for clients such as Five Guys, Bill’s and Nando’s. We pride ourselves on sourcing only the most sustainable products on the market today and are the only approved HVAC supplier on the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) Suppliers Directory. From the minute you contact us you will be given your own Chapman Ventilation point of contact to oversee your project from concept to completion. Our job doesn’t end at handover, we have a dedicated maintenance team of engineers, project managers and call handlers available 24/7 specialising in both reactive maintenance and planned service arrangements tailored to each client’s specific needs.  www.chapmanventilation.co.uk

At Charles Russell Speechlys, we can help your retail brand seize commercial opportunities, succeed in new markets and attract new generations of consumers. We’ll support you throughout the lifespan of your business. Building a successful retail business is hard enough with all the legal issues that come from a changing workforce, expanding premises and an increasingly regulated sector. Add to this the need to embrace new technologies, deal with threats from counterfeiters and the ever present need to stay one step ahead of the competition – we know that you have your work cut out. From luxury, high street to food and drink, our knowledge of the law and how it works in the retail sector comes with a deep understanding of your business.  www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com/en/

Five years ago, Deliveroo started with one rider in one city with a handful of partners. We now work with over 30,000 riders worldwide, bringing food to hundreds of thousands of customers from over 30,000 restaurants. Deliveroo is committed to bringing high quality food to a wider audience. We partner with a range of restaurants – from small independents to large well-known chains – helping them secure new customers which can boost their revenue by up to 30%.  Deliveroo was created in the UK and is proud to export its British-born technology around the world. Deliveroo directly employs over 1,000 people full-time globally, and orders worldwide grew by over 650% in 2016.  Deliveroo operates in over 150 cities across 12 countries, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  www.deliveroo.co.uk


From Italy with passion, Lavazza has over 120 years’ experience in the art of blending the perfect cup of coffee, inspired by Luigi Lavazza’s initial journey of discovery in 1895. Lavazza remains in the hands of the 4th generation family, dedicated to bringing the Italian coffee experience to everyone. For more than 30 years Lavazza has dedicated itself to top gastronomy forming great relationships with high profile chefs and food critics such as Matthew Fort, Nathan Outlaw, Shaun Rankin and Ferran Adrià, who has been essential to achieving the company’s growth ambitions within the haute cuisine sector in the UK.  www.lavazza.co.uk


Pernod Ricard UK is part of Pernod Ricard – co-leader of the global wines and spirits industry. We are a passionate, entrepreneurial and dynamic company responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the Group’s leading premium spirits, wines and champagnes in the UK.  Our priority brands in the UK market include ABSOLUT vodka, Brancott Estate wine, Campo Viejo wine, Chivas Regal Scotch whisky, G.H. Mumm champagne, Havana Club rum, Jacob’s Creek wine, Jameson Irish whiskey, Malibu rum, Martell cognac and Perrier-Jouët champagne.  Premium is synonymous with everything we do at Pernod Ricard UK; from our brands to how we interact with our customers. With one of the finest collections of drinks brands in the world, we have earned ourselves a solid reputation for our unrivalled offering in premium drinks – brands that embody heritage, quality and provenance.  We see great opportunities in the UK market for premium spirits, wines and champagnes and so are delighted to be supporting the Retailer’s Retailer of The Year Evolution Award. In today’s fast-moving and competitive on-trade environment, it is imperative that bars, pubs and restaurants are able to effectively evolve and reposition their trading concepts in order to remain relevant to consumer demand. These outstanding finalists are playing an invaluable role in the drinks industry and we take great pride in celebrating with them.  www.pernod-ricard.com/en-uk/

As businesses strive to develop and grow in this rapidly changing world, they need the support of people they can trust. We’re committed to building close and enduring relationships with each of our business customers, so that we understand how we can help you achieve your ambitions. As well as being able to support your businesses locally through a network of corporate Business Centres and specialists in the UK, we have a strong international presence thanks to our extensive global network in major markets.  So whether your next step is to invest in a new growth area, consider an acquisition or break into an overseas market, we can help you get ahead.  www.santander.co.uk


Sky Business is the business-to-business division of Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company.  We are passionate about creating the ultimate customer experience in business communication and entertainment.  We do this by providing commercial customers in the UK and Ireland with comprehensive multichannel television services and connectivity across a wide variety of businesses. For the licensed trade, Sky Sports is a key part of our proposition and we continue to offer an unrivalled line-up of live sport to our customers.  2018 is going to be an amazing year of sport with the best games from the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL, SPFL and La Liga. And it’s not just football; Sky Sports shows golf’s Majors, Formula One, International and European Rugby, the PRO12 and TOP 14, international and domestic cricket and NFL.  Our aim is to give our customers the best content for their businesses to create an outstanding live sport experience, all year round which in turn drives footfall, increases sales and positively impacts on business.  Visit www.sky.com/business for more information and/or follow us on Twitter at @SkySportsPub.

Zenith Hygiene Group is an independent manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene solutions. For the past two decades, Zenith Hygiene has been a trusted partner to a number of renowned hotels, pub groups and national restaurant chains across the country.  We are uniquely positioned in the market to provide customers with the very best in hygiene solutions. We have one of the UK’s largest customer support networks and we pride ourselves on the level of service we offer to our diverse customer base. From product usage training, advice and demonstration of specialist cleaning tasks, our experienced team are on hand to work in partnership with our customers.  Our purpose is to provide innovative solutions to help our customers create healthy, safe and hygienic environments in which we work, live and eat in. Because hygiene matters.  www.zhgplc.com


Activation partners

Here at Carlsberg UK we are passionate about brewing some of Britain’s favourite beers alongside developing and acquiring new brands. Today, they include Carlsberg Export, Birra Poretti, Celia and Tuborg. We also hold the UK brand licenses for San Miguel, Mahou, and the Brooklyn Brewery portfolio, putting them at the heart of our growing premium portfolio. Our recent joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery to acquire London Fields Brewery will see us further developing our Craft credentials with the Iconic London Fields portfolio.   Having developed the first pure form of yeast for all modern day lager production and creating the PH scale, we are no strangers to innovation at Carlsberg. Our revolutionary Draughtmaster system delivers brewery fresh beer without the need for a cellar or beer gas. Shelf life increases to 31 days and allows our customers to sell a wider range of products from a very small space. www.carlsberg.co.uk

Moy Park Foodservice is trusted by wholesalers, chefs and caterers throughout the UK and Ireland to deliver innovative, high-quality frozen chicken, meat-free and dessert products.  A specialist in convenient and consistent menu-making solutions, everything the company does is backed by in-depth market insight, chef expertise and years of industry experience, helping it to produce class-leading products that work harder for pubs, restaurants and foodservice operators.  www.moyparkfoodservice.com



Startle International is dedicated to helping retail and hospitality brands create memorable consumer experiences and connections with brands through immersive environments using unique music and technology solutions.  Startle is proud to offer a variety of products and services including innovative background music experiences, integrated digital signage, and engaging quiz systems, which all work together to leaving a lasting impression. During the RROTY Awards, Startle will be exclusively launching its latest addition to its portfolio of services and guests at the awards will be the first to trial this exciting interactive BOT platform.  Startle’s fully-licensed platform delivers integrated digital services through the cloud successfully to thousands of hospitality and retail customers. This helps businesses across the UK, USA and Australia to provide an enhanced customer experience that will give them a competitive edge.  www.startleint.com/services/jukebox