THE opportunities generated for restaurants, food suppliers and food growers in Chester and Cheshire by Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 08 and the Liverpool Capital of Culture celebrations will come under the spotlight at a conference later this month.
More than 170 restaurants, pubs, café bars, tea rooms and attraction catering facilities from the area have signed up to attend the Restaurant Association of Chester and Cheshire’s second annual conference on Monday, January 28 at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa.
Speaker at the event is Bob Cotton OBE, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association.
Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Cheshire’s food and drink sector with other speakers including Stephen Wundke, Chairman of the Restaurant Association of Cheshire, Visit Chester & Cheshire director of operations, Barrie Kelly and Pat Foreman, CEO of Food Northwest.
Alistair Woodward of the Home Office will be attending to explain the new points-based system for work permits for migrant labour. There will also be a presentation on how members can maximise marketing through the power of the internet.
Stephen said: “The eyes of the world will be on us as we gear up to provide the very best standards of hospitality to some of the millions who will be travelling to Liverpool for the Capital of Culture celebrations and enjoying the superb programme of events as part of Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 08 – one of the biggest initiatives ever undertaken in the region.
“This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate that we’re at the cutting edge of food growing, processing and presentation. This conference will enable us to make the most of that opportunity.”
Stephen added: “We are delighted to have Bob Cotton as our keynote speaker. It recognises the speed of development and the contribution of the hospitality industry in Chester and Cheshire, and boosts our reputation as the county of food and drink.”
Barrie Kelly said: “The Food and Drink sector is one of the key drivers of visitors to our county. This conference gives the Food and Drink Industry in Chester and Cheshire an effective voice at a particularly important time.”