Never mind the General Election, there are just days to go until our industry’s biggest day of the year – the UKHospitality Summer Conference 2024. We have all the details!

Yes, 21-days before the country goes to the polls, 300 hospitality business leaders will gather at Hilton London Bankside on Thursday 13 June for a day of inspiration, innovation and debate, speaker presentations, panel sessions, exhibition stands and networking opportunities.

Of course, with voting on 4 July, there’ll no doubt be plenty of amateur political punditry and speculation, while high profile frontbench political figures and Sky News’ lead politics presenter Sophy Ridge will be there to give the professionals’ take.

Inspired by the fact that our sector is an economic powerhouse contributing £140bn in growth, £54bn in tax receipts and 3.5m jobs, we’ve titled this year’s event Serving Britain: how hospitality creates places where people want to live, work and invest.

We want this year’s Summer Conference to be a celebration of hospitality’s massive contribution to Britain, and showcase why the sector matters more than ever.

And in a year of political turmoil and the prospect of a change of government, I’ll open proceedings by sharing a vision for the future of hospitality, and why the sector is ready to take the lead.

Delegates can then choose from a packed programme that includes sessions and briefings with exclusive research and insight examining the economic outlook; regeneration and hospitality as a force for good; hospitality making careers; investment and innovation in the sector; and championing hospitality in the digital age.

Top speakers from across hospitality who’ll be sharing their knowledge and expertise include Katie Brinsmead-Stockham, brand and strategy director, Good Hotel; Matt Grech-Smith, co-founder and co-CEO, Swingers; Yael Selfin, chief economist, KPMG; Jesse Burgess, digital content creator, TopJaw; Hamish Goldie, business development director, Jamie Oliver Restaurants; Andy O’Sullivan, CEO, Olympia London; Karin Sheppard, managing director for Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group; Simon Champion, CEO, BoxPark; Stuart Cassells, general manager, The Macallan Estate; and Andrew Stones, managing director, Kerb Ventures.

Registration is from 9.30am to 10am, with the evening reception from 5pm to 7.30pm. For full details, please visit our website here.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive