FCSI consultants prepare for innovation debate

‘Creativity, innovation and fostering young talent’ are set to be the main talking points of the FCSI’s forthcoming regional conference, the organisation said today.

This year’s event for consultants based in Europe, Middle East and Africa is being held at Hotel Melia Castilla Madrid on 26-29 March.

Members will be encouraged to think about creativity and new ideas in foodservice, as well as how to encourage talented youngsters into the industry.

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An extensive keynote speaker programme featuring consultants, chefs, retailers and industry thought-leaders.has been planned for the four-day event.

David Gilbert, formerly a senior executive with Dixons Stores Group International and chairman of Creative United, which was funded by Arts Council England, will discuss how creative professionals in the commercial market place, including those who work in retail and restaurants, can learn from creative people in the arts sector.

Meanwhile, Jose Manuel Fernandez Bosch, commercial director at Spanish airport company Aena, will provide a perspective on the foodservice market based on his firm’s 46 airports across Spain.

Additionally, British foodservice management consultant, Adam Griffin, FCSI from Coverpoint will chair a session on attracting and retaining young talent, while former FCSI UK & Ireland chair, David Bentley, will lead a workshop focused on BIM.

The panel, including Andrew Humble from Humble Arnold in the UK, Steve Carlson from Robert Rippe & Associates in USA, Milan Milovanovic from Sweden and Roberto Assi from Italian catering equipment manufacturer Unox, will address why BIM is the most significant issue to affect the design world in recent times.

The FCSI has more than 1,300 members in 46 countries.

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