Supporting Retail and Hospitality Through Recovery & Growth
Some of the hardest-hit businesses by the pandemic have been those in the Retail and Hospitality sectors.
As such, both business owners, managers and their finance professionals will need to fully understand the specific supports and schemes tailored to these sectors that are available to aid in their recovery.
They will also need to consider the changing consumer patterns Covid-19 have created and how to best leverage them for business growth.
To help our members working in these sectors make the most of these supports and opportunities, we are hosting ‘Supporting Business Through Recovery & Growth series’, delivered in partnership with Bank of Ireland, which will focus specifically on the Retail and Hospitality sectors.
This event will provide you with essential information on how to navigate through the recovery.
This session will take place on Wednesday 29th September and will be delivered by industry experts; Owen Clifford and Gerardo Larios Rozo from Bank of Ireland.
During the session the speakers will discuss;
• Has Covid-19 changed Retail forever?
• The future of the physical store
• Tips for Irish retailers to remain relevant in a competitive marketplace
• Cyclicality in the hospitality and tourism sector.
• Business sentiment & associated investment activity.
• The path to recovery post-Covid-19.
Meet the Speakers
Gerardo Larios Rizo
Head of Hospitality Sector - Bank of Ireland
Gerardo is currently the Head of Hospitality Sector for Bank of Ireland; he joined the Bank in 2012 as an Intervention and Restructuring Manager and moved to his current role in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for continuing development of the Bank’s growth strategy in the hospitality sector, this includes market and business assessment and lending to Hotel and Licensed trade businesses.
Gerardo has a wealth of experience gained in various roles across a number of hotels, bars and restaurants in Ireland and internationally. He originally qualified as a chef in Mexico in 1999 before moving to Switzerland in 2001 to complete a BBA in Hospitality Management. In Ireland Gerardo has worked with the Radisson group where he became a Financial Controller and qualified as an internal auditor for the group before joining the Dalata group in 2008 as cluster Financial Controller reviewing the financial performance of hotels around the country.
Head of Retail Sector - Bank of Ireland
Owen Clifford is Head of the Retail sector within Bank of Ireland since 2015. Owen is responsible for the continuing development of the Bank’s growth strategy in this key area and has actively supported leading retailers and stakeholders in the sector to grow and develop their business in a sustainable manner.
Owen has brought extensive industry knowledge and experience to this role, having worked in the retail sector with Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland where his role involved supporting independent retailers to maximise their profitability and to develop long-term, sustainable business models. During this time Owen built up a significant knowledge base, and a network of connections with expertise, in the areas of Finance, Operations and Legal/Regulatory requirements specific to the Retail Convenience sector.