Samantha Priestley

Samantha Priestley has written online and in print on various subjects, including travel, fashion, music, relationships and lifestyle, and of course, food.

The New Year is the time to look ahead positively at all the possibilities and opportunities you can create and grab in the coming months.

Attending trade shows gives you the unique chance to network, try out new equipment, discover the latest technology, and be inspired by guest speakers and industry professionals, all under one roof. You can also hang out with other restaurant owners and build beneficial relationships. These events are educational, informative, full of opportunity, and loads of fun!

To get you started, here’s our pick of 3 trade shows for the year ahead.

Takeaway Expo

Takeaway innovation expo london

You’ll have to wait until the 27th – 28th September for this one, but it’s worth putting in your diary if you run a fast food business.

Held in London’s Excel, Takeaway Expo has some impressive speakers lined up, including Takeaway Owner of the Year, Ajmal Mushtaq. With 85 free seminars, 200 exhibitors, and a Showpiece Design Networking Area, this is a trade show that’s brimming with new ideas on how to grow your business using new technology and social media.

With a focus on attracting new customers using technology, this is a trade show for take-away owners and managers who want to get ahead of the game. For up to date info, follow the Takeaway Expo twitter.

Find out on this video what the visitors say about Takeaway Expo.

The Casual Dining Show

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Running on the 24th – 25th February at the Business Design Centre, London, it’s time to start planning your trip to the Casual Dining Show now.

Geared towards traditional restaurant, pub, bar, and hotel owners and managers, the Casual Dining Show has been awarded Best Trade Show (under 2000sqm) at the AEO awards for the last two years running.

Discover new products and trends, network, and listen to keynote speakers with a wealth of experience. Casual Dining have also just launched their own restaurant and pub awards, giving you something to aim for next year!

Follow their twitter page for updates and announcements.

The Restaurant Show

There’s plenty of time to plan your visit to the Restaurant Show. Running on 3 – 5 October 2016 at The Olympia, London, this is an innovative and exciting event. Alongside seminars, demonstrations, networking opportunities, and the chance to discover new trends, there’s also a Conscious Hospitality Show. This brings you inspiration and tips on how to keep up with changing ideas and expectations from diners.

With a focus on health, nutrition, and ethics, this is a forward thinking show that’s already attracted speakers like Raymond Blanc.

Follow the Restaurant Show’s Twitter feed for information and announcements.

Start planning your visits to trade shows for the year ahead and get inspired to grow your business. We’ve focussed on 3 top trade shows here, which are all held in London, but if you can’t travel on these dates, here’s a few more you might want to investigate – The Hospitality Show NEC Birmingham, SCOTHOT SEC Glasgow, Expo West Royal Showground Cornwall, Hotel and Catering Show BIC Bournemouth.


Source main picture: DINE exhibition for casual dining show in London, sign by Goodwin & Goodwin