CEO of Smart Group confirmed as guest speaker at The Arena Christmas Event 2014

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Greg Lawson, the creative, ambitious and entrepreneurial CEO and founder of Smart Group, will provide the fantastic finale to an incredible year of successful Arena events at The Arena Christmas Event 2014 on Monday 1 December at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

Smart Group is the dynamic collection of hospitality, catering and event management businesses with over 20 years’ experience, including Smart Hospitality, Smart Experiences, Smart Christmas Parties, Smart LIVE and Smart at Battersea Evolution.

Greg will invite the audience of hospitality and foodservice industry professionals into the realms of world-class corporate hospitality and catering and the inspirational evolution of Smart Group, including the pinnacle of Smart Hospitality’s story to date, winning the tender and delivering the catering for the Olympic Hospitality Centre at the London 2012 games, catering for all top level sponsors and the IOC.

In addition, Horizons will once again provide an insightful opening to the event as it presents its regular bespoke industry briefing that looks back over 2014 and forward to 2015, spotlighting the highs and lows, key events, emerging trends and the ones to watch.

Greg Lawson,CEO and founder of Smart Group

Greg Lawson,CEO and founder of Smart Group


Greg Lawson – a ‘smart’ man

Greg’s illustrious hospitality career spans over 30 years.  At age 22 he set up his first restaurant and after branching into outdoor catering he successfully pioneered the idea of putting up a temporary structure and running exclusive and shared Christmas parties with The Christmas Company.  On selling the business he started Quantum Leap Events, recently rebranded Smart Group.

Greg is still very much a caterer at heart, with Smart Group’s catering arm Smart Hospitality very much involved in everything the business does. Smart Hospitality caters at numerous corporate and private event locations across the UK, including a number of large sporting events, such as Ascot, Wimbledon and Twickenham, as well as catering within fixed venues in both London and Manchester. Smart Hospitality also enjoys a partnership with Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, with Smart by Angela Hartnett packages offering clients the opportunity to taste some of her signature dishes, with Angela present at the event preparing the dishes in person and interacting with guests.

The popular Arena Christmas Event starts at 10.30am with Horizons’ presentation*.  Attendees will then be able to take advantage of the superb networking opportunities created by the drinks reception and three-course lunch before Greg Lawson takes to the stage.

Tickets cost £145+VAT for Arena members and £195+VAT for non-members. Tables cost £1305+VAT for Arena member and £1755+VAT for non-members.

For further information and to book tickets contact Lorraine Wood on / 07803 853 618 or visit

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