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17 Dec 2015

Senior Global Leaders Attend Launch of Global Restaurant Investment Forum

Must-attend industry event to feature an investment focused agenda with ‘Dragon’s Den’ style sessions

The launch of the 3rd annual Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) was recently held in London, bringing together the industry’s key players to discuss the exciting new programme for this years forum. The launch welcomed over 70 senior global leaders including attendees from COYA Restaurants, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, Condé Nast and The British Hospitality Association.

The Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), which will be held in Dubai in March 2016, facilitates investment decision-making within the restaurant space. The forum showcases the hottest restaurant concepts from around the globe and facilitates the connection of attendees with investors, owners, franchisors and senior hospitality professionals to assess the state of the hospitality industry and secure deals for the coming year.

As an exciting new interactive feature, GRIF 2016 will hold ‘Dragon’s Den’ style sessions in which a panel of experts will evaluate a selection of industry concepts and projects for investment. The panel of experts include representatives from Bowmark Capital LLP, Gourmet Gulf, Overture Capital, Hutton Collins Partners LLP and Marka.

GRIF 2016 will also host the inaugural Global Restaurant Awards through partnership with Connecting Travel. The awards will be held on 16 March in a glittering ceremony at the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. The GRIF awards offer an opportunity for industry leaders to celebrate organisations that have shown innovation, vision and leadership in their businesses and concepts, recognising the brands that have engaged with consumers through social media, technology, design or sustainability.

“We are extremely excited to be launching GRIF 2016”, said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events. “The forum provides a unique platform for networking of key stakeholders and allows for the facilitation of investment decision-making within the restaurant community. This year we over 50 industry leaders confirmed to participate in the conference programme. These experts will provide attendees with the latest information on development, trends and best practice in the hotel and restaurant industry”

GRIF 2016 will be held 14-16 March 2016 at The Address Hotel Dubai Mall, Dubai. For more information, please visit

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