The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has named Yo! Sushi executive chairman Robin Rowland as chair of its newly-established Casual Dining CEO Forum, as well as appointing him to its board.
The launch of the forum follows on from the trade body’s Casual Dining Manifesto, which was revealed in June. ALMR CEO Kate Nicholls said that casual dining outlets were now a major force in the market, but that excessive red tape and prohibitive rates and property costs were stunting growth. It is using the manifesto to call upon Government to address these issues.
Speaking at the launch of the manifesto, Nicholls said: 'The UK’s licensed hospitality offerings have evolved immeasurably over recent years with casual dining outlets driving new trends in the eating out market.
'Faced with tightening margins and increasing levels of red tape, many of this country’s licensed hospitality outlets have looked to new and exciting ways to entice customers and drive trade. Businesses have increasingly turned to food and we are seeing a fantastic depth of choice in our high street brands, but the benefits of this are not recognised collectively at either a national or local level.'
The new Casual Dining CEO Forum will meet quarterly.