The future of the pub industry looks bright if the application process for our Next Generation project is anything to go buy.
Scores of licensees and managers from across the country have contacted us to say they want to get involved.
Next Generation aims to bring the rising stars of the industry together for a series of events across the country to share ideas and to learn from leading lights in the trade.
The first event will take place at Sky's studios in West London on Monday April 11 with a host of top speakers including:
Peter Borg-Neal: founder of the multiple award-winning Oakman Inns
Chris Lewis: former BII Licensee of the Year and head of The Lewis Partnership
Aaron Moore-Saxton: of highly respected operators Aspirational Pub Company.
Katie Byrne: manager of local business outreach at business review site Yelp
Violeta Morgan was one of the first licensees to sign up to attend. She recentlytook on the tenancy at The Anchor in Tring having spent most of her career in retail.
She says: "I have been running businesses for other people and I thought it was time to do my own thing.
"I am interested in Next Generation because it is new and it is an opportunity learn, grow the business and meet new people who might be able to help me."
There will be three events at different venues across the country this year, all supported by Sky, Heineken and Diageo.
Andrew Turner, Heineken's on trade category and trade marketing director, said Heineken was keen to support the influx of new talent coming into the trade.
"At Heineken, we are committed to helping all our customers grow their businesses and we know the best way to do this is through sharing ideas and insights. That's why we are delighted to be supporting Inapub's Next Generation initiative; by sharing ideas and successes, licensees will have the tools and insights to adapt and thrive.
"We hope Next Generation will provide Inapub's readers with useful ideas and ultimately, help ensure the sustainable growth and continued success of the pub sector."
Are you part of the Next Generation?
Briefly tell us about yourself and your pub and we will be in touch with the rest.