Hello guys and welcome to our first ever Barcode blog post!
We hope this will turn into a regular addition to our website, which will feature industry leaders and experts having their say on everything pub/bar/drinks related!
For now, however, you’re stuck with me and my brief thoughts about the inaugural Pub 15 event recently held at London’s Olympia from 18-19 February 2015.
First and foremost, it was incredible to see such a variety of brands from across this thriving and vibrant industry, all under one roof. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there is another event in the UK that incorporates every facet of the Pub and Bar industry all in the same arena. From major UK breweries, to family owned distilleries, to nuts/pork scratching companies and of course to interactive training courses (such as our own), it really was an event to attend for a full education of what is going on within the industry.
My personal highlight was meeting the sector’s most innovative operators and speaking to them about their inspiration and story behind their products. Here at Barcode we obviously have a natural affinity to new trends and modernisation in general and we firmly believe that it’s vitally important in such a crowded industry to stand out and be noticed in order to survive (C.C Charles Darwin).
The vast amount of eye-catching brands and concepts on show was positively overwhelming and it was great to share our own vision about our bespoke e-learning platform with other brands and businesses within the industry. It certainly was refreshing to hear a variety of views and opinions about what we’re doing at Barcode, and there was a lot of common ground and shared ideas to be discussed throughout the day. Not only did we enjoy hearing and learning about variety of products and services at Pub 15, but we also thoroughly enjoyed sampling many of the drinks on offer…even if it was only 10am!
It was nice to discover new brands, but equally it was also fantastic to catch up with some old acquaintances and finally put a face to all the phone and e-mail correspondence. In particular it was great to see Sipsmith and Meantime and we had a good old chin-wag with where we’re both at and collaboration in the future.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings. In sum, Pub 15 was a resounding success and I would highly recommend it to anyone with even the faintest interest in the present, and more importantly the future, of Pub and Bar industry… bring on Pub 16!