The Arena Face2Face Interview & Lunch returns on Wednesday 30 September 2015 with an unmissable line up. ITN’s celebrated anchorman, Alastair Stewart OBE, will delve into what is arguably the biggest story in contract catering this year as he interviews the personalities behind the formation of the new catering business CH&Co Group – Tim Jones, chairman, and Bill Toner, group CEO.
Foodservice and hospitality professionals will also enjoy a new Arena Face2Face experience as the event moves to the breath-taking venue of Lambeth Palace, includes a sensational culinary adventure, and offers ample opportunities to engage with industry colleagues.
A dynamic duo
Alastair Stewart OBE will interview two prominent industry personalities – Tim Jones, chairman, CH&Co Group, and Bill Toner, group CEO, CH&Co Group.
The contract catering sector was shaken up on 1 June 2015 when it was announced that the leading independent caterer and Royal Warrant holder, CH&Co, was to merge with HCM Group (Host Catermaster Group) to form CH&Co Group. The deal gave the new business a turnover approaching £200m and a team of 4,500 providing services to over 400 operations across the UK and Ireland.
Alastair Stewart is the master at getting under the skin of a major story and his ability and prowess at asking the questions that matter will make for a sensational Face2Face interview.
As the industry continues to watch the new CH&Co Group closely, Alastair will put Tim Jones and Bill Toner through their paces to get to the crux of the important issues. Topics up for discussion include the motivation behind the merger, the financial implications, company dynamics, the new competitive platform, the long-term objectives, how the new and bigger company will preserve reputations for looking after clients and customers established when smaller, and how the merger changes the shape of the contract catering sector.
A new residence
The stunning setting of Lambeth Palace is the new home of the Arena Face2Face. This impressive historic building is not a well-known event venue and Arena is thrilled to lead the way and bring a large event to its glorious grounds. The Face2Face will in fact be the very first event taking place in the Great Hall since its renovation, giving guests a truly exclusive experience.
Steeped in history and set within nine acres, Lambeth Palace boasts the largest gardens in central London. As part of the Face2Face experience, attendees will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the palace and grounds.
A culinary adventure
The Arena Face2Face Interview & Lunch is brought to you in partnership with Lambeth Palace and Food Show. Throughout the one-day event attendees will be served a mouth-watering array of fine food by Food Show, who has a passion for delicious, elegant food that will push the culinary boundaries. With a selection of contemporary canapés followed by a mixture of fabulous bowl food and eye-catching food stations there will be plenty to tickle the taste buds whilst connecting with fellow industry professionals at the same time. The food will most definitely be an important and memorable element of the Arena Face2Face experience.