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Manchester F&B Network: Talent, Recruitment & Training

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Taking a fresh approach to the latest industry challenges:

Hospitality is booming in Manchester. From inspirational independents to iconic international brands, the city has seen unprecedented growth and competition across the sector. There has never been greater demand for skilled staff, or more opportunity for hospitality professionals.

It is in many ways a Golden Age for F&B, however evidence also suggests that businesses are facing mounting challenges. There is not only a labour shortage in the region but also a skills shortage. Too few apprentices and students are entering the profession, intense demand on a shrinking labour pool is driving wage inflation and the threat of Brexit looms large for employers reliant on migrant workers.

These concerns are reflected in cities across the UK but they are neither inevitable nor unsolvable. We have brought together a panel of exceptional industry professionals who will give a candid assessment of the current challenges, and take a bold look at how to address them through best practice and collective action.

Through conversation and consultation we aim to stimulate debate and create positive change. Your input is invaluable and we hope that you can join us.

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Jayne Worthington: Managing Director, The Growth Company

The Growth Company has helped thousands of young people, adults and businesses improve their skills through apprenticeships, higher education and training. Jayne is committed to breaking down barriers to work and placing social values at the heart of recruitment. She is currently working with Marketing Manchester on the development of a 'Hospitality Skills Hub'.

Twitter @GC_EduSkills

Jeremy Roberts: CEO, Living Ventures

Living Ventures has an extensive hospitality portfolio, featuring brands that are among the most successful, and best known in Manchester. Over the last 20 years they have established a reputation for innovation and driving high standards in the industry. Jeremy has recently announced the 'Living Ventures Management Advancement Programme', a training initiative developed in partnership, to improve overall quality across the group.

Twitter @LivingVentures

Richard Bowker: Sales Executive, Catapult

Catapult is a London based 'on demand' recruitment app that has made waves in Manchester. With Catapult, employers can choose from a pool of trained, vetted staff, to create the right skills match and fill shifts at a moments notice. Staff also have greater control over when and where they work, applying for shifts in hospitality and retail that fit around their lifestyle. Richard works with some of the biggest names in hospitality to deliver a simple, smart, modern recruitment solution.

Twitter @joincatapult

Stewart Davies: Group Operations Director, GG Hospitality

Sporting icons Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs set up GG Hospitality with a desire to do things differently. Their core values of heritage, quality and ambition aim to bring world class excellence to an international audience, while being firmly rooted in Manchester. Stewart is an award winning hotelier with a special focus on developing local talent, to deliver some of the most exciting new brands in UK hospitality.

Twitter @GG_Hospitality

Chaired by: Tony Naylor, Journalist

Tony is a freelance journalist. He writes about culture, travel, food and drink for various publications, mainly the Guardian, BBC Good Food and Restaurant Magazine.

He is both an opinionated consumer and close observer of the mechanics of the hospitality industry and, in recent years, has written extensively about recruitment, skills and training, the UK chef shortage and the potential impact of Brexit.

Twitter @naylor_tony

Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions about the event or the network please email athena.caramitsos@cityco.com

This briefing is recommended for owners, managers and operational staff representing F&B operators in Manchester city centre. Hospitality students and trade associations are also very welcome to attend.

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