Seminar Theatre 9

Below is the 2016 Timetable. The 2017 schedule will be released closer to the event...

Tuesday 27th September

11.00 - 11.30 Malcolm Holmes - Protecting your bottom line with planned furniture maintenance With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Malcolm Holmes, head of commercial development at Furniture Medic looks at the benefits of regular, planned furniture maintenance on your brand and your bottom line. From independent, boutique restaurants to high street chains, Malcolm will demonstrate how planned maintenance can work for any size restaurant.
11.45 - 12.15 Max Pilbeam - Selecting Furniture For Restaurants: what You Need To Know Selecting furniture for restaurants can be a minefield. Learn how to make sure that your selection is fit for purpose (so you don’t have to keep replacing items), what to consider when choosing which brands to work with (aftercare is crucial), and the importance of engineering quality design to hit budgets. You’ll also hear about some of the top emerging brands recently discovered by the eporta team.
12.30 - 13.00 Clare McDonald - Winning Design In this seminar we will consider how to create the best restaurant from both an operational perspective and a dining perspective; Exploring spaces that are practical yet stand out from the crowd.
13.15 - 13.45 Helen Hughes - Setting The Scene: The Importance of a Good Design Brief More than any other interior design sector hospitality design is built around strong narratives created for the experience the client aims to offer. To make this complex narrative believable the design has to be highly effective, incredibly functional and be executed with attention to the finest detail. Developing a solid design brief with your designer at the outset ensures important design issues and objectives are considered before design work begins.
14.00 - 14.30 Guy Bostock - How to create successful returns for customers through design & budget management An open discussion on the topics of design and budget, with a specific focus on how we can successfully create returns for customers through executing appropriate design and budget management.
14.45 - 15.15 Nik Read - Design is not a seasonal ingredient An insight on how design can work successfully for your restaurant business. Theories based on experience gained growing up and working in the hospitality industry and how to make the most of working with designers, not just as a service but being a proactive member of your team.
15.30 - 16.00 Abbey Oladapo - Reach New Customer Online Learn how to make your business more visible online to help new customers find you through search optimisation, local listings and search engine marketing

Wednesday 28th September

11.00 - 11.30 Irwen Martin - How the WOW factor can boost your wine sales and profits! All restaurants want to increase sales and profits; and increasing wine sales can certainly help. A great atmosphere is crucial, as well as a good wine selection, but there’s more to selling wine that this. You need staff that know about the wines they are offering. You need to consider how you display and store wines as this can have a big impact on sales. Reducing wine wastage is crucial to profits so we also consider wine preservation. We’ll show you how to increase wine sales and profits.
11.45 - 12.15 Jon Quinn - How to Stop Pouring Away Your Bar Profits The Science (and art) of finding hidden losses and lost sales in your bar. Is the Gross Profit you are making in your bar what you should be making? A consistent gross profit doesn’t mean you aren’t missing opportunities. An exploration into the world of bars losses, why they occur and what tangible practical solutions can be used to increase sales and profits and maximize the opportunity within your bar.
12.30 - 13.00 Ruud Belmans - Food for the eyes : Hospitality Design & Branding Pinkeye’s multi-disciplinary approach to giving an image and branded experience to Hospitality design projects and a showcase of some of our most recent work.
13.15 - 13.45 Jack Hollands - The Impact of Alluring Gold Leaf Signage. Come along for a passionate discussion about gold leaf signage. Hear about its’ traditional past, and why it’s never gone out of fashion. Learn why gold leaf signs are still made by hand and have escaped means of mechanical or industrialised mass production. Be inspired by the meticulous craft of gold leaf signwriting on glass, and get to meet one craftsman who is helping to shape its’ future.
14.00 - 14.30 John Turner and Howard Bates - Biophilic Design - Nature and Nurture An exploration into the concept of Biophilla design. The practical application of the theory within the commercial design process.
14.45 - 15.15 Chris Browne - Restaurant design from brand & locality identity Seminar aims to look at how restaurant design has been influenced by the public’s need to identify with a sense of place as well as the brands own identity