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The Restaurant Association

For almost 40 years the Restaurant Association has represented and promoted the interests of restaurant businesses irrespective of size, location and ethnic style.

A not-for-profit organisation The Restaurant Association has a membership of over 10,500 group and independent restaurants as part of the British Hospitality Association, the national trade association for the hospitality and catering industry, provides professional guidance to members, represents their views to Government. It actively promotes education and training in the industry through its Young Chef Young Waiter competition which is now in its 20th year, college award schemes and its Modern Restaurant Apprenticeship programme.

Current lobbying issues revolve around the tax implications of the Tronc with the Inland Revenue recently publishing revised guidelines, Licensing reform, Smoking in public places, Working Hours Directive, Congestion charges and Skills shortages.

Members of the Association have access to marketing initiatives and an extensive calendar of networking, social and sporting events.

President: Michael Gottlieb
Chairman: Nick Scade MBE
Vice-Chairmen: David Baldwin, Robert Walton
Chief Executive: Bob Cotton OBE
Director: David Harrold

The Restaurant Association
Queens House
55/56 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Telephone: 020 7404 7744
Fax: 020 7404 7799



Catering for all tastes

Our distribution includes up-market Michelin starred establishments, small, fast-growing regional groups, local family-run restaurants, gastropubs, large and small hotels, modern cafés, country clubs and all of the major branded high street chains and visitors to the most important trade events in the calendar for catering professionals - The Restaurant Show and Restaurant and Bar.

Your Target Audience

BHA and RA both have a thorough understanding of the industries in which they operate and together have as their members a network of powerful purchasers.

The hospitality professional

These are people-oriented and highly aspirational individuals who provide a quality service that is matched by their own astute business acumen, upon which their livelihood depends.

The hospitality sector is a competitive and diverse market place.

The hospitality business is vastly independent, indicating a positive sales opportunity for potential suppliers. Outlets range from trendy, themed and individual restaurants, to branded chains, country clubs, conference centres and international hotel chains.

The fact that the majority of these are free to buy at outlet level presents immediate sales opportunities for those companies that can regularly offer them the right products and services.

The multiplicity of outlets in this market nationally can make it difficult to reach with conventional sales methods.