News Ticker

The voice of the hospitality industry Kate Nicholls OBE headlines Bruntwood NRB Debate 2023

NRB is delighted to welcome the CEO of UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls OBE, as headline speaker at the Bruntwood NRB Debate on Tuesday 14 March 2023 at Manchester Central.

With ongoing challenges in the hospitality industry, the Bruntwood NRB Debate is the perfect opportunity to hear from the voice of the hospitality industry. Kate is not only a remarkable supporter of the hospitality industry, but is also a protector, advocate, lobbyist, and policy maker. Kate is Chair of the Tourism Alliance and sits on the Government’s Tourism, Hospitality and Food & Drink Sector Councils.

The Bruntwood NRB Debate will provide the chance to hear all about Kate’s career and the biggest challenges and opportunities that operators face in 2023 and beyond.

Kate will be interviewed by the Group Event Director of NRB, Chris Brazier, who said, “Kate is an absolute hero of mine and I’m looking forward to welcoming her to Manchester. The world has changed immeasurably since I last interviewed her. I’m keen to ask the questions that matter to resilient and ambitious Northern operators in 2023 and indeed beyond. Very few people have Kate’s access to government so I’m looking forward to finding out how she uses this to address challenges and maximise opportunities for the whole sector.”

As well as the headline speaker, the Bruntwood NRB Debate will once again feature a topical panel chaired by Hospitality, Marketing and Experience Consultant Lucy Noone Blake. This year’s panel discussion will be on Getting Ready for Growth.

This incredible panel of leading operators features Laura Harper-Hinton, Founder & Group CEO, Caravan Restaurants & Caravan Coffee Roasters, Matt Snell, CEO, Gusto Italian, Marko Husak, Co-Founder, Bundobust and Edtya Stec, Director of Operations, GAIL’S, about the best ways of growing your brand, growing your team, and growing your business.

The NRB Debate is sponsored by leading property developer Bruntwood who creates and manages some of the most innovative retail and leisure spaces across Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham.

“Northern Restaurant & Bar has created a chance for the F&B sector to collaborate and network as a community – something that those who work in the hospitality industry don’t often get time to do. Events like the Bruntwood NRB Debate allow attendees to explore the industry’s most relevant and challenging issues in-depth, alongside some of the restaurant and bar sector’s leading commentators and luminaries” said James Tootle, Head of Retail & Leisure at Bruntwood.

“For us at Bruntwood it’s a chance to support talent, innovation, and sharing of knowledge within the hospitality sector – something which is very important to us as quality restaurants, bars and cafes are a big part of what makes a neighbourhood special. Our aim is to build amazing places to live, work and play and that’s why we nurture independent food and drink businesses as much as we can. Supporting Northern Restaurant & Bar is a fantastic extension of this ethos”.

The Bruntwood NRB Debate starts at 12pm and includes a buffet lunch. Tickets are priced at £55 + VAT (£66). Book tickets now and save 20% online at using NRB23

Northern Restaurant & Bar (sponsored by Uber Eats), the first major hospitality event of the year, returns to Manchester Central on 14-15 March. An unmissable date in the diary for everyone in the northern hospitality industry, NRB23 will bring together over 8,500 visitors and 300+ exhibitors for two days of business, networking, and education.

For further information about the exhibition visit Follow us on twitter, facebook & Instagram