WSTA conference attracts "two business titans" for headline speeches

21 July, 2017

Outspoken Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin will join Lord Price, the Minister of State for International Trade, on stage at the annual WSTA Conference.

Brexit will take centre stage at the event, held on September 12, which this year has been titled Trading Spaces: Creative Partnerships with the EU and the Rest of the World.

WSTA chief executive Miles Beale called Martin and Price “two business giants” and said he looks forward to their headline speeches. 

“For a global industry like wine and spirits their views on how business can survive and prosper post Brexit are guaranteed to stimulate interesting debate,” he added. 

“We know there will be challenging times ahead for our members and our aim is to work together to find the best way through which allows our industry’s historic trade flows to remain intact. But we need also to look to the future and global opportunities.”

Lord Price joined John Lewis in 1982 and spent 17 years on the board of Waitrose, including a stint as managing director. He stepped down from Waitrose in 2016 and was made life peer and appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He was reappointed in June 2017.

Martin is the founder and chairman of JD Wetherspoon. From a single pub, he has grown the business to become the UK’s largest pub chain, with more than 900 UK outlets, plus 50 hotels, and employs more than 38,000 people.

Martin was one of the few top business leaders to speak out in favour of Brexit. He welcomed the result and speaks regularly about advantages he sees for the UK drinks industry.

Tickets are now on sale for the conference which is taking place on Tuesday, September 12, at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4BS.

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