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01 June 2018 | Restaurants

Christie & Co and Goodman Derrick to host casual dining crunch roundtable

The casual dining crunch is biting hard, and some of the most familiar names on the high street are suffering. The list reads like a who’s who of noughties favourites - Carluccio’s, Byron, Jamie’s Italian, Strada and Prezzo. The regular bad news has given everyone in the sector cause for concern.

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Commercial and economic pressure appears to be on all sides. But it is also true that overall dining trends are positive and people now eat out more often and for a wider range of occasions. So how can the small chains and independents win loyal customers and make a profit in the face of rising rents and wage costs, a workforce exposed to the risks of Brexit, and established competitors with the backing of private equity?

Christie & Co and Goodman Derrick clients will be convening on 7th June to discuss all of this and more. The group will hear from Simon Chaplin, head of Pubs & Restaurants at Christie & Co in London, as well as from Ramzi Qattan, Director - Consultancy at Christie & Co and co-author of the influential ALMR Benchmarking Survey. James Daglish, lawyer to the sector and media commentator, will lead the discussion that follows.

Simon Chaplin comments, “A number of operators have fallen by the wayside, but they have given way to more nimble-footed operators who are taking advantage of available space. We hope our roundtable conversations will show that many are seeing this as a great opportunity.”

James Daglish adds, “Our crunch brunch will be bringing together some of the best people we know in the industry to cut through the issues and find some answers.”