12.30pm – Arrival & networking lunch

1.45pm – Afternoon conference, with presentations from:


Admiral TavernsChris Jowsey, chief executive, Admiral Taverns

Chris will speak on the Principle of ‘Fair and Lawful Dealing’ – what does it mean to Admiral Taverns in the context of tenanted pubs, the Pubs Code and the changing expectations of society.

BBPAEmma McClarkin, chief executive, British Beer & Pub Association

Emma will share her thoughts on the industry, its biggest challenges, and how the BBPA and its members are working collectively to support the tenanted sector.

CGAKarl Chessell, food & retail director, CGA

Karl will look at the shape of the sector, including outlet numbers, rate of change, food led versus drink led, quality scores as well as touching on key trends.

Marston'sEd Hancock, director – venture pubs, Marston’s

Ed will discuss how to build better relationships with tenants to grow bigger profits for everyone involved, and how Marston’s is raising the bar in terms of investments and training.

Rock PointDaniel Davies, chief executive, Rockpoint Leisure

Pubs as heart of the community – delivering on the promise. Dan will speak about a progressive partnership with Punch on his latest project, designed to reinvigorate the seaside town of New Brighton in the Wirral peninsula.

SapientPeter Hansen, partner, Sapient Corporate Finance

Peter will look at the big deals in the sector over the last 12 months and what to expect in 2020.

Shepherd NeameJonathan Neame, chief executive, Shepherd Neame

Jonathan will discuss the importance of evolving and adapting the offer to the local demographic to appeal to the local community, and how Shepherd Neame has identified ways of doing it differently.

Star Pubs & BarsStar Pubs & Bars Tenants panel

PANEL: Growing together – a partnership approach. How can tenanted pub companies improve support and reduce costs for licensees? MA editor Ed Bedington interviews Star Pubs & Bars tenants and Tim Galligan, operations director.

5.30pm – Networking drinks & canapés

6.30pm – Dinner, with speeches from:


Punch Pubs & CoClive Chesser, chief executive, Punch Pubs & Co.

During dinner, Clive will deliver a state of the nation address on the challenges and opportunities facing the tenanted pub sector and look ahead to what’s in store for the sector in 2020.

Heath BallHeath Ball, director & owner, The Pickled Pub Company ltd & The Wenlock Pub Company ltd

Pub Co’s – A Warning from History: Heath will draw on examples from German military history, domestic politics and the humble truths he has learnt from creating an award winning pub operation to deliver his plea to the tenanted pub sector to break the shackles of control and allow their tenants to soar.

10.30pm – Carriages