Sponsor profiles

Alix Partners
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


BDO is a leading advisor to Britain’s economic engine – high-growth and ambitious UK and International businesses offering accountancy and business advice services.  We take an industry led approach to working with clients and our dedicated restaurants and bars team are entrenched in the sector, boasting strong relationships in the market and a depth of industry expertise. We provide strategic and tailored advice whether in relation to audit, tax or advisory services and work together to ensure the best outcome for our clients.   www.bdo.co.uk


Charles Russell Speechlys
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/


Chapman Ventilation
A family-run business since 1967, Chapman Ventilation is one of the leading heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors for the UK, Europe and UAE restaurant and hospitality industry. We hand over in excess of 180 restaurant projects every year for clients such as Five Guys, GBK and Nando’s.  Our job doesn’t end at hand over, 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


Pernod Ricard UK is part of Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest drinks supplier in the wines and spirits industry. Holding one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector, it is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of 19 of the top 100 brands worldwide. Pernod Ricard UK has identified the following key priority brands in the UK market: Absolut, Jameson, Beefeater, Plymouth Gin, Monkey47, Lillet, The Glenlivet, Chivas, Malibu, Perrier-Jouët, Kahlúa, Campo Viejo, Brancott Estate, Olmeca, Havana Club, Jacob’s Creek, Martell, Aberlour, Lamb’s, Ballantine’s, Graffigna, G.H.Mumm and Wyborowa.  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/



Sky is the leading provider of entertainment and communication services which is built on over 25 years of market transformation and innovation.
Sky Business is the business-to-business division of Sky, providing a wide variety of commercial premises across the UK and Republic of Ireland unrivalled entertainment from unmissable live sport and breaking news, to the best drama and comedy, documentaries and films.  In addition to its entertainment portfolio, Sky Business provides communication services to its customers including Sky WiFi and Sky Ethernet.  Sky Sports is the home of football, including the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL, SPFL, and UEFA Nations League and European and World Cup Qualifiers.  In addition to football, Sky Sports shows golf’s Majors, every Formula 1 race weekend exclusively live, international and domestic cricket, NFL, plus much more.  As part of their bigger picture initiative, Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates, increasing participation in, and access to, the arts, grassroots sport and positive action on the environment.  Visit www.sky.com/business for more information and/or follow us on Twitter at @SkySportsPub.


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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