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In November 2018, Stelios Theocharous, the founder of Ceres | Pure Food Innovation (and someone who occasionally finds his keys on the first try), launched the Ceres Podcast. This groundbreaking platform has now become a gathering spot for like-minded co-hosts:
• Mark Petrou, Petrou Bros
• Kelly Barnes, Krispies
• David Nicolaou, Auckley Friery
• David Miller, Millers Fish & Chips
Together, they embark on insightful conversations with the movers and shakers of the Food & Hospitality industry, forming the illustrious Podsquad.
At the Ceres Podcast, we take our time. There's no rushing here - unless we're late for dinner. We're on a mission to uncover the deep-seated passions that motivate our guests, ranging from Chefs and Fish & Chip Shop Owners to Food Producers and Hoteliers, including everyone who makes the hospitality world spin.
Our discussions are as varied as the ingredients in a gourmet dish, catering to anyone with a stake or interest in the bustling world of hospitality. If you're eager to learn from the experiences and stories that shape this industry, the Ceres Podcast awaits you. Dive into our world, where learning is served with a side of laughter.


Jun 27, 2024

Today, we have a special guest: Allen Simpson, Deputy CEO of UKHospitality, the leading organisation for the £140bn hospitality sector. Allen's expertise in politics and economic development makes him an invaluable guest. After our conversation, I felt enlightened and relaxed, which is usually rare when discussing politics around election time.

A bit about our guest, Allen has an impressive background. From 2018 to 2023, he was with London & Partners, serving as Managing Director of Strategy and Operations and later as Interim Chief Executive. He played a crucial role in London's recovery post-pandemic. Prior to that, Allen led Barclays Bank's business finance policy team, focusing on trade, SMEs, and scale-ups. He also advised the CEO and Chairman of the London Stock Exchange during the financial crisis. Allen has held various government roles and was Labour's parliamentary candidate in Maidstone and the Weald in 2015 and 2017.

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