Hospitality Today Oct-Nov 2016 - Page 13

hospitalitytoday.com | 13 All panelists agreed that it is vital to be able to continue to bring people into the UK to work in our industry, and a ‘big picture’ immigration structure is required. Ufi Ibrahim urged the Government to give a clear message that every EU migrant worker already in the UK is welcome to stay. Ian Wright urged the Government to play it slow and to ensure a robust exit plan is in place before invoking Article 50. With only two years to Brexit from Article 50, a timeframe that other EU leaders are unlikely to extend, there is a terrible prospect of legislative work not being completed in this short period. Other areas of debate included food costs, with increases inevitable, and the strategy for the post-Brexit repatriation of the regulatory framework, which is thus far undecided between a ‘life and shift’ or a ‘blank paper’ approach. ‘We need time’ was a call echoed by all of the panelists. Time to address and prepare for all the changes that Brexit will bring. (However, just two days after the Arena Face2Face, Theresa May confirmed that Article 50 will be invoked by March 2017.) Alastair Stewart Face2Face with Dennis Hogan MD, Compass Group UK & Ireland Arena’s ‘Face2Face’ veteran Alastair Stewart OBE (below, left) inimitably introduced his interviewee for his fifteenth Arena interview, Dennis Hogan (below, right), the managing director of Compass Group UK & Ireland. After 17 years with Compass Group North America, Hogan joined the UK & Ireland business in 2014. He had held a range of operational and finance roles. Most recently, he was CEO of Canteen Vending Services for Compass Group North America. Originally a ‘number cruncher’, Hogan was in touch with many areas of the US business, particularly in his ‘mergers and acquisitions’ role, and he relished the action and excitement of operations. This drove his progression to be a passionate caterer. His roots are not forgotten, however, as he works to drive efficiency without compromising on quality. On moving to the UK, his first observations were that business feels more personal here, and there is a strong emphasis on res