The Hospitality Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC this January to celebrate the very best of British hospitality. New products, new exhibitors, new ideas and a new business focus will all be ushered in on a wave of New Year optimism as the show opens its doors from 19th-21st January, for three days of insight and inspiration.

Toby Wand, MD at Fresh Montgomery comments: “We’re tremendously excited to welcome people from all corners of the UK to our doors, to yet again help kick start the business year into life. In 2015 our core focus is around the best of British – a launch pad for everything new and great in British hospitality. I urge anyone looking for that spark of inspiration to take time out and experience the most relevant, business-focused trade show in the hospitality calendar.” 

The Hospitality Show is the place where the UK comes to network and do serious business, consistently attracting high quality exhibitors and special guests sourced from across the hospitality spectrum. Focus areas include hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, delis and the cost sector, with the show providing a glittering showcase for cutting edge products and services from the core fields of food and drink, technology, catering equipment, interiors, tableware and careers. 

Key attractions such as the Business Briefing Stage – the beating heart of The Hospitality Show floor – will welcome laser-guided insight, debate and discussion on the most relevant topics and trends making the headlines. The design fraternity should clear their diaries for the afternoon of Monday 19th, where the business of operational design and spatial planning with regards to improved profitability will be top of the agenda (1pm). Following on from this, there will be a focus on better, more ergonomic kitchen design looking at the very latest innovations (3pm).  

Ask any successful business person about defining moments in their career and you can bet that at some point in their rise to prominence there will have been someone mentoring them. There may have been one or many, but the importance of a figurehead, there to help drive them on, or offer that bellwether piece of advice that they never forget and take with them throughout their career, cannot be understated. Mentoring is crucial to growth and development which is why in 2015 The Hospitality Show is reprising its highly popular Business Mentor scheme to help visitors with business challenges.

Now in its third successive year, the programme sees some of the most respected names in the hospitality industry on hand to pass on targeted business advice, offering visitors free bookable one-to-one sessions.

Previous mentors include: celebrated restaurateur David Moore; Michelin-starred chef Andreas Antona; former National Chef of the Year, Hayden Groves; general manager of the Midland Hotel, Michael Magraine; highly respected chef Paul Askew; founder of Grand Union Pubs and Bars, Adam Marshall and many more.

Toby adds: “At present our 2015 line-up is still under wraps but visitors can be assured it will contain a heady mix of mercurial chef patrons, multi-site operators, hoteliers, menu development specialists, drinks experts and high-level delegates from high street names. Watch this space.”

Visitors looking to benefit from 15 minutes with a business mentor will soon be able to book on the show’s website. Late appointments can also be taken at the show but advanced booking is advised as the sessions prove extremely popular.