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Business Mentors

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With the UK facing one of the biggest economic shifts in modern memory, the highly successful Mentor Programme returns to the fold to help visitors overcome business challenges of all types.

Now in its fourth rotation, the programme will see some of the most respected names in the industry offering visitors completely FREE, bookable face-to-face business surgeries. Recieve one-to-one business advice from industry professionals who have excelled in their field and want to pass on their experience to others.

This time around sessions will be split by specific topics, including, amongst others: ‘Menu Development’, ‘Marketing’, ‘Skills’ and ‘HR’, with expert mentors in each field on-hand to offer help.

The Business Mentors will also be part of insightful panel sessions on the Business Briefing Stage.

Click here to view the timetable of Business Mentors

  • Monday 23 January
  • Tuesday 24 January
  • Wednesday 25 January
    • Menu Development

      Gareth Billington

      Sodexo Executive Head Chef at Everton Football Club

      A unique opportunity to learn about creating popular and delicious menus from the Shine Award’s 2016 Mentor of the Year

    • Kitchen Management

      Gareth Billington

      Sodexo Executive Head Chef at Everton Football Club

      Cost control, staff retention, waste management, energy efficiency; whatever your concerns, get practical solutions from our resident expert

    • Revenue Management

      Krupesh Patel

      Commercial Director of Michels & Taylor

      Our expert has helped some of the world's leading organisations with revenue management and business development. And he's here to help you. Book your appointment now.

    • Design & Brand Development

      Hilary Lancaster

      Managing Director of FIG

      Want to know what's hot in design, what brands work best or need advice on how to create a stunning new look? Ask our award-winning expert.

    • Online Marketing & SEO

      Yvonne Halling

      Mentor at

      Your website could be achieving so much more. This is your chance to find out how to make it your most potent sales tool.

    • Photography

      Richard Southall

      Architectural Photographer

      Gain professional advice on photographic techniques, copyright issues and how to make your venue truly stand out.

    • Staff Development & Motivation

      Kellie Rixon

      MBE, Owner of Rixon Associates

      Your staff are your greatest asset. Learn how to motivate and turn them into your best business ambassadors.

    • Business Finance & Legal

      Julian Lewis

      Corporate Lawyer, Fladgate LLP

      Make the most of this independent and free advice on business acquisition or sale, or any other financial or legal issues you need to discuss.

    • PR & Marketing

      Susan Bolam

      Client Services Director, Jellybean Creative Solutions

      Learn the secrets of cost-effective marketing, how to create perfect PR and how to apply them to your own business.

    • Menu Compliance

      Kim Antoniou

      Co-Founder of Menu Management System, Kafoodle

      Do your menus fully comply and provide your customers with precise details of allergens and nutritionals. Here's where you can ensure that your restaurant is truly food transparent.

    • Training

      Marianne Fletcher

      Head of Sales, HIT Training

      It’s the law. Get professional advice on how to grow your apprenticeship and training schemes to further the success of your business.

    • Procurement Technology

      Simona Pop

      Head of Partnerships & Global Communication at InstaSupply

      Are your buyer-supplier relationships working as well as they should be? What can you do to improve this crucial area of business and become more cost efficient?

    • Chef Recruitment & Development

      Sarah King

      MD, Orcinus Recruit Ltd

      How to recruit truly talented chefs and then make them even better!

    • Wine Menus & Purchasing

      Alistair Morrell

      Wine Editor for

      Does your wine menu excite and entice your customers to buy? Learn how to spice up your wine menu, make it more entertaining and improve your bottom line.

    • Staff Skills & Development

      Martin-Christian Kent

      Executive Director, People 1st

      Unlocking true employee potential. How can you maximise your staff investment in a way that leads to real, tangible business benefits? Our expert will help you develop a strategy that retains staff and increases productivity.

    • Spa Design & Refurbishment

      Alistair Johnson

      Our industry expert can show you how to develop a striking, busy and profitable spa.

    • Website Development & SEO

      Chris Donelly

      Founder of Digital Creative Agency, Verb

      Discover how to improve your website beyond recognition, create digital marketing strategies and mobile applications to put you ahead of the game.

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