We’re tremendously excited to be returning to a revitalised Hotelympia next week where the beans will be out in force, running the dedicated press office throughout the four-day show.

This will be our fifth time of working on the UK’s largest and most prestigious event in the hospitality calendar – a show with a serious 83-year pedigree. This time around, we have been helping a new organising team at Fresh Montgomery to introduce four new, exciting and contemporary shows, united under one roof, as part of a fresh new identity.

The beans have been busy in the lead-up helping to spread word of the show modernising its approach, all with a view to reaffirming its position as the industry’s must-attend showcase event for every hospitality business. With hundreds of press already registered, we’re going to have our work cut out. Lucky, then, that each of the four new co-located events, The Foodservice Show, incorporating a coffee-focused Café Commerce section and feature; Hospitality Tech Show; The Professional Kitchen Show and Interiors and Tableware Show, will be showcasing over 750 dedicated exhibitors, hundreds of new products and a host of innovative new features.

If you don’t catch us in the press office or on the show floor, be sure to see our Dear Leader Susan and Group Account Director – Retail Trade, Neil, chairing some of the insightful panel sessions throughout the show. At 11.30 on Tuesday 6th, Susan will be chairing a discussion on the findings of a survey of industry tastemakers and travel influencers on what constitutes the ultimate dining experience. With the results now in, not only will visitors be able to claim their FREE copy of the full report at the show, Hotelympia is working with property-based design, project management and development company, LXA (Wagamama, BXR Gym, Grand Hyatt) to bring the results to life in a highly unique standalone feature. Creative Director and Founding Partner of LXA, Dave Rooney will be speaking about his interpretations of the results, while Editor of SquareMeal, Ben McCormack will also be on hand to lend his expertise to the debate.

Neil will be moderating two discussions, a session on the Café Commerce Stage (11am, 5th March) entitled ‘Staff, Skills and their Futures’ in which key representatives from HIT Training and Joe & The Juice will discuss the importance of attracting the correct staff as well as ideas to retain them through training and upskilling. He will also be working on Hotelympia’s Launchpad to introduce one of the most talked-about operator-chefs in London right now, formerly of St John and Chiltern Firehouse, Niall Davidson’s Nuala venture on Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout is an impressive reinvention of the Irish cultural template (12.30, Wednesday 7th March).

See you at the show!