16 Hospitality Reports Record Growth as Industry See Sales Fall

Pub company, 16 Hospitality, has reported record sales figures on last year, citing a 11.4% percent increase in like-for-like sales for the period January – May across its portfolio of pubs in Cheshire and Anglesey.

The pub company reported sales for the 22 weeks up to the 3rd June at £2.09m.

The success of the growing pub company, which was founded in 2015, bucks the current industry trend which, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, has seen Britain’s eating and drinking-out market continue to slow in April. Collective like-for-like sales across managed pub and restaurant groups were down 0.8% against the same month last year, and follow a modest 0.6% increase in March.

As a fledging pub company in its first year of operation, 16 Hospitality has already achieved impressive growth, expanding to four sites across the North West and North Wales and further plans for expansion this year.

The increase in sales across 16 Hospitality’s sites comes following the company’s acquisition of two pubs in Anglesey, The Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr and The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, in August 2015. Sales at the two North Wales sites between January – May 2016 have seen a total increase of 16.2% following on from the same period the previous year.

No doubt its success can be attributed to the hard work and leadership of its experience team. This includes Operations Manager, Matthew Parker, a strong team of General Managers and support teams at each of the sites, and Managing Director, Edward Barlow, who has worked within hospitality since 1996.

Each of the newly acquired sites underwent a period of consolidation, and a new training programme, The Hub, was launched at each site this year. The Hub aims to encourage people to enter into the hospitality industry and develop talented individuals, supported by their existing experienced teams.

Matthew Parker, Operations Manager, explains the impetus behind the recent growth:

“We’re pleased to see that our local communities and customers have supported our efforts over the last year. I think their support is a true testament to the welcoming environments we create thanks to our trained staff teams, and the great food and drink offering that we have developed with our team of experts.

Edward Barlow, Managing Director, adds “The vision that underpins all of 16 Hospitality’s venues is that each customer is delighted by every aspect of their visit, from its service and food to its surroundings, whether it’s a country pub, a restaurant or traditional coaching inn. Of course, none of this can be achieved without the right people in place, so I believe that recruiting, retaining and training individuals who are passionate about providing good service is key to 16 Hospitality’s success.

“We anticipant an exciting year ahead, and hopefully our growth continues in the same trend. 16 Hospitality’s aim is to become one of the leading independent hospitality operations in North Wales and the North West of England, and we hope to continue to expand our portfolio with pubs of equal quality to our existing sites.” 

The Hub

Our hospitality training programme is open to all ages, whether 18 or 65, all year round. The only requirements are that applicants hold no previous experience and have a strong work ethic.

As well as gaining formal qualifications accredited by City & Guilds, ‘rookies’ will experience what it means to work in the day-to-day operation of hospitality venues, as well as have the unique opportunity to experience exciting and informative external trips with a range of established hospitality partners.

“What we want to offer at The Hub is not only a practical training programme but life-changing experiences, beginning with being handed an alarm clock to help with those early mornings and a ‘rookie’ badge. Those who succeed will not only receive graduation honours, they will receive a job guarantee at either one of our venues or one of our carefully selected partners.” 

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