A decision to hold Cumbria’s only annual hospitality trade show at a new venue - the Rural Auction Centre, J36 of the M6 - is already proving popular. Over 90 businesses from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria have signed up to attend the 41st Lakes Hospitality Show which takes place next month (Weds 24th and Thurs 25th Feb).
One of those attending is Althams Butchers from Morecambe.
Established in 1856 by a local farmer, who opened the family's first butcher's shop in Poulton-le-sands, Althams is now one of the oldest and largest, independent, family-owned and run, butchers in the country.
Fifth generation and Managing Director James Altham says dedication and hard work has seen the business grow into one that supplies the whole of the North of England with a distribution network capable of covering the country. Adding their location gives them access to some of the best cattle and lamb markets in the UK.
Sales Manager David Keating explained why the firm has been coming to the show for the last 10 years:
“We have been supplying hotels, restaurants and pubs in the Lake District for almost half a century. This is a great opportunity for us to meet all our customers, old and new, and to show off our products, including a new one for 2016.”
The Lakes Hospitality Show is the focal point for the region’s hospitality businesses. It coincides with the pre-season period when many plan their next round of investment. For some it could be expanding their premises, renovating rooms, or extending their offer with a new product. For others it could be finding a new supplier or buying-in services to improve the way they run their business.
As organiser Nick Hood added: “The hospitality industry plays a vital role in the local economy. We create jobs, buy services and products and ultimately bring people in who spend their money locally. It’s important we provide a high quality experience, run successful businesses and always look to invest and improve. This is the place to find out how to do just that.”
Interiors, food, drink, equipment and technology businesses feature alongside those providing vital support service such as banking, insurance and IT at this trade only event. The new venue provides easy access from the M6, and the three counties of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, ample parking and space for the show to grow.
The 2016 Lakes Hospitality Trade Show takes place on the Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th February 2015 at the J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands - just off junction 36 of the M6. For more information visit lakeshospitalitytradeshow.co.uk or telephone 015394 44495.