New Casual Dining Keynotes to feature who’s who of the sector

Jens Hofma, CEO of Pizza Hut UK, Alex Reilly, MD of Loungers, Andrew Guy, CEO of Ed’s Easy Diner, and Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach, are just some of the big name speakers already confirmed to host Keynotes at Diversified Communications UK’s new Casual Dining trade show next February.

Hofma, Reilly, Guy and Martin, who all feature on Allegra Strategies’ Top 100 Restaurant Who’s Who List 2013[1], will be sharing their observations and expertise on the highly competitive Casual Dining market over the course of the two day show, which takes place on 26-27 February 2014 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

The free Keynote programme will also include sessions by Mark McCulloch, former head of marketing at YO! Sushi and Pret a Manger, Scott Elliot, director at CGA Peach, and Jason Katz, founding partner at Kings Park Capital, who will be discussing the role of private equity in the leisure sector.  Whilst essential market updates will be provided by Peter Backman, managing director of Horizons, and Simon Stenning, foodservice strategy director at Allegra Strategies.

The full Keynote programme, including the illustrious CEO line-up for the ‘CGA Peach Panel – The Chain Gang’, chaired by Peter Martin, is set to be unveiled in January 2014.

“We are thrilled to be able to present our audience with such a strong Keynote line-up for our first event.  Casual Dining will provide an exciting opportunity for our visitors to engage with, and gain valuable advice from, some of the most influential individuals within the Casual Dining sector.  Their support has been invaluable and we are looking forward to a successful launch in February,” comments group event manager Chris Brazier.

“Casual Dining is one of the most dynamic sectors of the restaurant business today, and we’re excited to finally have a dedicated trade show for it.  We’re looking forward to attending the show!” says Jamie Barber, co-founder of Cabana Restaurants in London, just one of thousands of the UK’s restaurateurs and Casual Dining operators who are already planning their visit next year.

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[1] Jens Hofma is listed at 34, Alex Reilly at 49, Andrew Guy at 85, and Peter Martin at 94

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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton and Nailsworth (Glos).  Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Casual Dining (new for 2014); lunch! (winner of Best Marketing Campaign of the Year at the Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards in 2012, and Best UK Trade Show Exhibition (under 2,000sqm) in 2010 & 2011); The Natural Food Show (part of Natural & Organic Products Europe); Nordic Organic Food Fair in Malmö, Sweden (co-located with Natural Products Scandinavia); Geo Business (new for 2014); Ocean Business (including Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers); MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference in Hamburg, Germany; camexpo; office*; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; Natural Products magazine; and the Natural Beauty Yearbook.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company with a successful portfolio of sector leading exhibition, conferences, publications and websites.


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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Its brand portfolio includes: • Casual Dining (24-25 February 2016, Business Design Centre, London) • British Tourism & Travel Show - Best of Britain & ireland (16-17 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham) • Ocean Business, Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers (April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) • Natural & Organic Products Europe (17-18 April 2016, ExCeL, London) • Geo Business (24-25 May 2016, Business Design Centre, London) • SITS - The IT Service Management Show (8-9 June 2016, Olympia, London) • MARELEC International Marine Electromagnetics conference • lunch! (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London) • camexpo (26-27 September 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) • Coach & Bus Live (30 September - 1 October, 2015, NEC, Birmingham) • office* (13-14 October 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) • Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair (1-2 November 2015, MalmöMassan, Sweden) & • Euro Bus Expo (1-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham) • Natural Products is Britain’s leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry ( • The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the UK’s only dedicated trade guide to the natural and organic beauty and personal care market ( • Ocean Buzz is the weekly ocean technology eNewsletter providing the latest news and information from the industry ( • is a news, comment and discussion site dedicated to connecting, informing and learning within the ITSM community ( • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine ( • Coach Monthly is the leading magazine for the coach tourism community, read by coach operators, tour planners and industry professionals ( • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine ( Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.



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