Great fit: Change of ownership: Northern Rest...
Great fit

Change of ownership: Northern Restaurant & Bar

Photo: M11_Northern Restaurant & Bar

Diversified Communications has acquired Northern Restaurant & Bar (NR&B) – the highly successful annual trade show, which brings together operators and suppliers, representing and leading the hospitality sector in the North of England. The event, which will celebrate its 22nd edition in March, has become the must-attend event for anyone involved in hospitality in the North of England. The most recent edition, held at Manchester Central last March, was the most successful to date, with 8,416 visitors, 296 exhibitors, and around 60 speakers.

„It's also a great fit for our other successful events in this space, with real synergies across the shows“
Carsten Holm, Diversified's MD
The event also hosts the prestigious NR&B Top 50, the annual celebration of the most important and influential individuals within the Northern hospitality industry. This success, driven by the event's high-quality content and seminar programme, and the quality of operators who come to the event each year, has been led by CEO, Thom Hetherington, and event director, Andy Clayfield. While Hetherington will be leaving to focus on his non-executive roles and hospitality and cultural consultancy, Clayfield will remain with the show and join Diversified Communications. The event complements Diversified's industry-leading portfolio, including lunch!, Casual Dining, Commercial Kitchen, and Natural & Organic Products Europe, which all take place in London. Diversified also organises the successful Accountex Summit North event at Manchester Central. Commenting on the news, Diversified's MD Carsten Holm says: "It's great to be welcoming Northern Restaurant & Bar, together with Andy Clayfield, to Diversified Communications. "It's also a great fit for our other successful events in this space, with real synergies across the shows, which will result in tangible benefits for visitors, sponsors, and exhibitors across all events." Mayfield Merger Strategies acted as adviser to NR&B owners, Holden Media. The next Northern Restaurant & Bar takes place at Manchester Central on March 14 to 15, 2023