Buzzworks Holdings reports another year of growth

Buzzworks Holdings, the family business that manages 11 venues across Ayrshire and east Scotland, has reported an increase in turn over, up 9 per cent from £14.8m to £16.2m, for 2018.

Pre-tax profits for the company ‘continued to be positive’, with the company investing £1.8m during this financial year on new venues, its existing portfolio and staff development. The annual results also identified a six per cent increase in employee numbers (rising from 438 in 2017 to 466 in 2018).

Kenny Blair, Managing Director at Buzzworks Holdings
(pictured with brother Colin and sister Alison), said, “2018 has seen the business grow further, as we opened our first venue outside of Ayrshire in Bridge of Weir. Now with two sites in the East and further negotiations on sites 13, 14 and 15, we are forging on with our planned growth strategy for the future and the focus is on making 2019 even more successful.

“Even with industry wide challenges including rising supplier costs, alongside the uncertainty of Brexit, we have continued to not only increase our turnover, but invest heavily in both the portfolio and our people.

“Our staff are what define us and are integral in creating the foundations of a long term, successful hospitality business. So much so, we have spent more than £100k in the last year alone to introduce industry leading work life balance initiatives for our people, including decreasing the working week without decreasing pay and paying overtime for every hour worked or time in lieu. We have also increased our training initiatives to encourage personal growth and development for everyone within the company.

“Providing a positive working environment for all staff, along with the knowledge and tools to deliver an exceptional experience to our customers, is key to not only building Buzzworks up year on year, it ensures we attract and retain the best talent within the industry.”

For the third year running, Buzzworks was identified in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for in the UK list.

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