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14th June 2018

The following companies have already confirmed their attendance at The AHC 2018. To join them, and us, click here to register.


80 DAYS ׀ Aareal Bank AG ׀ Accorhotels ׀ Addleshaw Goddard LLP ׀ AETHOS Consulting Group׀ AFA Ltd Allied Irish Bank (GB) ׀ Alpha Real Capital ׀ Anita Rosato Interior Design Ltd ׀ Aprirose ׀ Arc Consulting Partners LLP ׀ Areen Design ׀ Arianya Group ׀ Artelia UK ׀ Artelior ׀ Avvio ׀ AWW ׀ Azao Resort & Spa by Opulent ׀ Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking ׀ Barclays ׀ BDRC BEADMANS LLP ׀ BECK ׀ Benjamin West ׀ Best Western Hotels & Resorts ׀ Boutique Hotelier ׀ Box Consultants Limited ׀ Bridget Baker Consulting ׀ Burges Salmon LLP ׀ Buro Four ׀ Casual Dining Group ׀ CBRE Hotels ׀ CBRE Specialist Market ׀ Cedar Capital Partners ׀ Cheval Residences ׀ Choice Hotels Europe ׀ Christie & Co ׀ Christie Finance ׀ Clydesdale Bank plc ׀ CMS ׀ Coaching Inn Group Ltd ׀ Colliers International ׀ Conran and Partners ׀ Core Five LLP ׀ Coriolis Technologies ׀ Coutts ׀ Create Developments ׀ Create Group ׀ Criton ׀ Cumberland Building Society ׀ Cundall ׀ Currie & Brown UK Ltd ׀ Curtins Consulting Ltd ׀ Cushman &Wakefield ׀ Custard Communication ׀ Cycas Hospitality ׀ Daniel Thwaites PLC ׀ Dean Street Developments Lt ׀ Denton Corker Marshall Architects ׀ Dentons UK and Middle East LLP ׀ Dexter Moren Associates ׀ DHM ׀ Direct Hotel Marketing ׀ DLA Piper ׀ DWF LLP ׀ Elementa Consulting ׀ EMMAUS Consulting ׀ EPR Architects ׀ Equiom ׀ ESP Business Development ׀ Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ׀ Fairview Hotels Limited ׀ Falconer Chester Hall ׀ Fileturn Ltd ׀ Fladgate LLP ׀ Focus Hotels Management Limited ׀ Formation Architects ׀ Freeths LLP ׀ French Duncan ׀ FREO Group (UK) LLP ׀ Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ׀ Garenne Interiors ׀ Georgian House ׀ Gerald Eve ׀ GEZE ׀ GLH Hotels Management (UK) Ltd ׀ Goddard Littlefair ׀ Gowling WLG (UK) LLP ׀ GuestCentric ׀ Guestline ׀ GVA ׀ HAMA ׀ Harmony Hotel ׀ Harris Johnston Ltd ׀ Herald Hotels ׀ HFTP (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals) ׀ Hilton ׀ HLM ׀ Hoare Lea ׀ Hospitality House ׀ Hotel Designs ׀ HotelPartner Yield Management ׀ HotStats ׀ HVS Executive Search ׀ Hyatt Hotels ׀ IHCA Limited & The Pig Hotel Group ׀ IHG ׀ IN2 Engineering ׀ Interstate Europe Hotels and Resorts ׀ ISG ׀ J C Rathbone Associates Limited ׀ Jansons Property ׀ Jestico + Whiles ׀ JLL ׀ JustPark ׀ Kaleidoscope Collection ׀ Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP ׀ Kay Elliott ׀ KE Hotels ׀ KEYTASK MANAGEMENT LTD ׀ Knight Frank ׀ KSL Capital Partners ׀ Lambert Smith Hampton ׀ Laura Ashley Hotels & Resorts ׀ Leach Rhodes Walker ׀ leaf HOSPITALITY ׀ Leisure Property Services ׀ LESLIE CLARK ׀ Lester Hotels Management Services Limited ׀ Levitt Bernstein ׀ M&G Real Estate Limited ׀ M3 ׀ Magnuson Worldwide ׀ Marick Real Estate Ltd ׀ Marriott International ׀ MDA Consulting ׀ Meinhardt UK ׀ Meliá Hotels International ׀ Melvin Gold Consulting Ltd. Menzies LLP Mitsubishi Electric ׀ Monteacute House Limited ׀ Mornington Hotels ׀ Mosaic Architecture + Design ׀ NatWest ׀ NH Hotel Group ׀ No15 Great Pulteney ׀ Norman Disney & Young ׀ Norton Rose Fulbright LLP ׀ Oakwood Worldwide ׀ PACE Dimensions ׀ ParkBee ׀ Perseus Capital Partners ׀ Phelan Construction Ltd ׀ Principal ׀ PSH Consulting ׀ Purcell ׀ PwC ׀ Qbic Hotels ׀ Queensway ׀ Ramboll ׀ RBS/Natwest ׀ ReardonSmith Architects ׀ RED Engineering Design Ltd ׀ Revenue by Design ׀ Robert Nadler ׀ Robertson ׀ Royal Bank of Scotland ׀ RPW Design ׀ SACO Property Group ׀ Santander ׀ Santander Corporate Banking ׀ Sheppard Robson ׀ Sigmat ׀ Sleeper Group ׀ Sleeperz Hotels ׀ Splendid Hospitality Group ׀ St Giles Hotel ׀ Starboard Hotels Ltd ׀ Staycity Aparthotels ׀ Stephenson Studio Ltd ׀ STR ׀ Stride Trelgown Ltd ׀ Studio Proof ltd ׀ Swayy ׀ Taylor Wessing LLP ׀ Technogym ׀ THAT Group ׀ The Academy of Service Excellence ׀ The Hospitality House ׀ The Hotel Management Company The Hotel Property Team ׀ The Know Group ׀ The Manser Practice ׀ Thomas Johnstone Ltd ׀ Topland Group ׀ TowerEight ׀ Travelzoo ׀ Tricon Foodservice Consultants Ltd ׀ Triptease ׀ Turpin Smale Catering Consultants ׀ UKHospitality ׀ Union Property Services Ltd ׀ UPPERWORTH STUDIOS ׀ Valor Hospitality Europe Limited ׀ Vastint Hospitality ׀ Village Hotels ׀ WATG ׀ Watson Farley & Williams ׀ Wedlake Bell LLP ׀ Willmott Dixon ׀ Wyndham Hotel Group ׀ Zeal Hotels


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Girls Don't Do Maths

31st May 2018

 

Right? Wrong. Very wrong.


Please meet Dr Rebecca Harding, an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance. She is CEO of Coriolis Technologies, a trade technology company which provides data to the trade, finance and banking sectors.


Rebecca will be delivering the Economic Overview of the UK on Wednesday, October 10 at 12:40pm and plans to bring her approach of “delivering complex economics in an Enid Blyton way” to delegates during The AHC.


“My father was a sociologist, pretty much the other end of the spectrum to an economist, so there were always lively debates around markets, communities, labour and society in our house. My philosophy has always been to discuss economics in the context of people’s daily lives. It is not as complex a subject when considered in a relevant and current situation."


To whet your appetite further, we'll be sharing the main areas Rebecca will discuss during her presentation later this summer, so stay tuned. 


Follow Rebecca on Twitter @RebeccaAHarding.


Delegates will be able to ask Rebecca questions via The AHC App and through sli.do during the session.

The AHC will take place on the 10th and 11th October at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotels. Visit our website for more information and to confirm your place.


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Talking Disruption, Opportunities and, of course, Netflix with Leo Johnson

24th May 2018


In anticipation of Leo’s opening keynote speech at The AHC on Weds 10th October at 12.10pm, we caught up with him to find out more about his passion for the future.

What’s a typical day for you?
I tell myself that I would love to have peace but all the evidence is that what I want is chaos. With the futureproofing series for Radio 4 I’m out and about with Timandra interviewing, trying to get these weak signals of the future. The stuff that blows your mind. In the disruption job at PWC, I’m huddled in a windowless office with an amazing young team trying to digest innovations, to sort out the hype from the real, and breakdown not just when some of the disruptions might actually materialise but what the opportunities and adjacent markets are. 
 
In a recent interview you cited the enormous investment China is making in areas like clean energy technology, new energy cars and biotechnology but how the UK can’t seem to finance innovative businesses. Do you still believe this to be true and what needs to happen to change this?
We ain’t doing so bad! But one of the big tragedies of the financial crisis was the unintended consequence that as you try to make the banks safer you can end up limiting their lending to small (“riskier”) businesses. How do you fix it? Look at a whole load of the big tech breakthroughs. The invisible hand of the state is never far behind. I believe there is a vital role for an entrepreneurial state to play in underwriting risk and helping to direct the next wave of innovation towards the start-ups that solve the problems that matter. What about a hyperloop corridor to create a tech triangle between London, Cambridge and Oxford?


Your sister Rachel has described you as “doing something so worthwhile.” Do you agree?
I love my sister. She is maybe referring to the local red wine we make in Kilburn, known as “Brent crude”? 


How do you respond to the challenge that sustainability and environmental initiatives are simply “nice to haves” and not fundamental to society, community or business?
I guess loads of them are. Toxic green fig leaves etc. The thing that really gets me unnerved for the future though is 4.9 billion people in Asian and African megacities by 2035 with a projected  250 million climate refugees. The events of the last five years have shown the vulnerability of our political system. That’s worth sorting out and it’s not by closing the doors, it’s by fixing the underlying problems.

Your Radio 4 programme FutureProofing covers some weighty subject areas; faith, sin, intimacy, wealth, etc. How do you turn off and relax after a day working on such deep topics?
Massive almost intravenous Netflix vegging. 


What excites you most about the future?
The fact that we’ve got all the technology we need to do the most extraordinary stuff to address the problems of the many. 


What troubles you most about the future?
The lack of intent. The risk that we turn our eyes away from each other and towards our screens.


What is the main challenge facing the hospitality industry in the future?
Could revolutions in transport, from megatrends to my hyperloops decouple property value from location and blitz the current urban models that the hospitality industry assumes are there for good?


What can delegates expect from your keynote speech at The AHC later this year?
A complex blend of immiserisation and uplift


Leo Johnson will deliver the opening keynote speech at The AHC on Weds 10th October at 12.20pm. The AHC takes place on the 10th and 11th October at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel. 
 

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Programme update from The AHC

17th May 2018


It’s a wonder we have found time amidst the flurry of Royal Wedding excitement and the administrative joy GDPR is providing to spend any time on The AHC programme development but lo, we have! Nuptials and data legislation are no match for us.


Further to our earlier announcement, additional exciting and relevant confirmed sessions and speakers include:

Manic Miner and the Digital Marketing Masterclass led by David Gabriele CEO, Swayy and Adam Hamadache Founder & CEO, DHM.


Are You On a PAR With the Rest? - Using Benchmarking to Best Effect moderated by Carl Weldon Chief Operations Officer - Europe, HFTP with ​​​​​​ Mark Forrester Chairman, Eighty Days, Pablo Alonso CEO, HotStats, Ally Northfield Managing Director, Revenue by Design, Robin Rossman Managing Director, STR, and Fernando Vives Soler Chief Commercial Officer, NH Hotel Group.


Interior Motive - Catching up on the Latest Innovations in Design moderated by Catherine Martin Managing Editor, Sleeper Group with Mark Bruce Main Board Director/Head of Hotels, EPR Architects, Angela Dapper Partner, Denton Corker Marshall Architects, Graham Shaw Managing Director, Willmott Dixon Interiors and Gary Tidmarsh Chairman, Levitt Bernstein.


Taking It to the Next Level - Development & Construction moderated by Sir James Devitt Bt. Managing Director, Herald Hotels with John Bates Director of Acquisitions, Village Hotel Club, Julie Fawcett Managing Director, Qbic Hotels, Andy Jansons Managing Director, Jansons Property and Graham Dodd, Managing Director, Development - UK & Ireland, Hilton.


Click on the links above for further information on these sessions and speakers. 


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How GDPR Will Affect Your Contact Preferences for The AHC

15th May 2018


With the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) upon us, we need to reconfirm your contact preferences prior to 25 May 2018 in order to continue communicating with you. This year’s theme of “Innovate to Elevate” will inspire you with world class speakers and panel presentations and exciting networking opportunities and as we continue to build the programme and develop the event, we would like to keep you informed.
 
Click here to reconfirm that you would like to receive email communications from The AHC. In addition, you may choose to provide us with your phone number and direct mailing address by clicking here.
 
Sadly, if you do not reply we will need to remove you from our contact list on 25 May 2018.
 
We look forward to sharing more about The AHC with you over the coming months and hope to see you 10th and 11th October in Manchester.

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Innovate to Elevate - Programme Launch

1st May 2018


At the very core of The AHC is an acclaimed programme of world class key note speakers, engaging presentations by industry leaders, interactive workshops, debates and panel discussions where senior figures in their field share valuable industry insight. We know delegates place significant value on the conference programme and so aim to create an outstanding schedule that delivers thought-provoking yet practical advice.

 

The 2018 programme is crafted around this year’s theme: Innovate to Elevate. Innovation is now inherent in our personal and professional lives as we encourage and expect enterprise, creativity and freedom in work and leisure. The hospitality industry stands to benefit from immeasurable opportunities facilitated by innovation and technology but often this is a baffling, complex and misunderstood world.


View The AHC 2018 programme here. Confirmed speakers include: co-presenter of Radio 4 FutureProofing, Leo Johnson; independent economist; Dr. Rebecca Harding; co-founder & CEO, Avvio, Frank Reeves and Senior Vice President, KSL Capital Partners and winner of the IHIF 2018 Young Leader Award; Tina Yu. Additional speakers and further details of session topics can be viewed here. We’ll be sharing interviews and insight with speakers plus more details on the programme over the coming months.

The 15th AHC will take place on the 10th and 11th October 2018 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel.


We are also continuing to offer a heavily discounted hotelier rate available to owners of up to ten self-operated properties in the UK. Please contact Rowan Scahill for further information. 

For information on the remaining sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, contact Mark Cheney: mcheney@questex.com or +44 (0)20 8547 9830.

 

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Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

21st March 2018

Tickets for The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) 2018 are selling fast with only 50 tickets at the Early Bird still available. 


Click here to secure your place at the leading event for the UK hotel industry at the best value rate. Tickets will revert to the standard rate once the 200 tickets have been allocated - once they're gone, they're gone!
The 15th AHC will take place on the 10th and 11th October 2018 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel.


We are also continuing to offer a heavily discounted hotelier rate available to owners of up to ten self-operated properties in the UK. Please contact Rowan Scahill for further information. 


Further details on our inspirational speakers, educational programme and multiple networking occasions will be announced over the coming weeks. Please share details of The AHC with colleagues and contacts via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


For information on the remaining sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, contact Mark Cheney: mcheney@questex.com or +44 (0)20 8547 9830.


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The Early Bird catches The AHC worm

13th February 2018 


The AHC - Innovate to Elevate


Registration for The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) 2018 is now open. Click here to secure your place at the leading event for the UK hotel industry. Registration opens with our Early Bird delegate rate but this rate is limited to 200 tickets so please do book early. Tickets are already selling fast!


The 15th AHC will take place on the 10th and 11th October 2018 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel.


We are also continuing to offer a heavily discounted hotelier rate available to owners of up to 10 self-operated properties in the UK. Please contact Rowan Scahill for further information. 


Further details on our inspirational speakers, educational programme and multiple networking occasions will be announced over the coming weeks. Please share details of The AHC with colleagues and contacts via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


For information on the remaining sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, contact Mark Cheney: mcheney@questex.com or +44 (0)20 8547 9830.


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How to beat the January blues (according to The AHC)

18th January 2018


Step 1: Visit our super shiny, easy to use, packed full of information new website. Glorious isn’t it.


Step 2: Register and secure your place at The AHC 2018 at the Early Bird rate of £550 plus VAT. There are only 200 tickets available at this rate. And once they’re gone, they’re gone.


Step 3: Although The AHC 2018 is a full 266 days away you can stay in touch through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


See, you're feeling cheerier already.


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