Buzzworks develops next group of leaders

Buzzworks Holdings is looking to develop its next group of leaders from within the business.  A group of 11 hospitality stars will take part in its immersive three-month Leadership Development Programme, which is open to all senior members of staff

The candidates include Debi Bradford, Tara Tough, David Howie, Carys McGhee, Antonia Ohare, Kenny Hepburn, Stuart McMaster, David Vacek, Johnny Blair, Martyn Cuthbert, Brian Canny and Alan Ferguson.

The candidates, representing all 11 venues within the Buzzworks’ portfolio, will complete both classroom based and practical tasks, covering a combination of leadership skills development and service excellence workshops, as well as sessions on enhancing financial knowledge and awareness.

With close mentoring from the Buzzworks Leadership Team throughout, all 11 managers will present a project at the end of the programme with recommendations for the business. These are then assessed and where appropriate, applied to the Buzzworks business model.

Since its initial roll-out in 2017, 12 General Managers and 10 Head Chefs have completed the programme – with Buzzworks keen to train and develop its future leaders from within the business.

Jamie Armour (pictured), who completed the Leadership Development Programme last summer said, “The programme was really like no other.It was intense, but really inspiring to work alongside my peers and helped to boost my confidence and skill level.

“It’s great to feel so encouraged from the senior team to not only progress my career within Buzzworks, but also to be given the support and skills to do so. Since completing the programme I’ve been promoted to Head Chef at Scotts Troon – and I believe this programme was a vital factor in this.

“Best of luck to the 2019 candidates, I’m sure they’ll all get so much out of the programme.”

Alison Blair, Buzzworks Holdings  Operations Director, said, “We take great pride in the learning and development programmes we offer across all levels – it’s integral to both attracting and retaining our talented team, whilst adding value to the individuals and our business overall.

“I’ve been so impressed with the enthusiasm from our leadership team this year, I’m sure they’ll thrive during the programme and it will provide them with the skills to springboard their career progression further.

“Over the past 12 months, Buzzworks has invested £130,000 in training staff at all levels and our academy of development courses is fast becoming the benchmark for hospitality training across Scotland.”

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