How being a “grabber” was a spring board to great things.

How being a “grabber” was a spring board to great things.

People that know me are always shocked to hear that I suffered with lack of confidence when I was a younger. It was while doing a culinary course at college that I won pastry chef of the year, and I discovered I loved the kitchen! I still love baking today but being host in FOH was when my confidence blossomed. I always remember one of my college professors saying, “you should be earning your age!”, so I made it my target to do just that and landed a role at Mitchell & Butlers. I was very lucky, I had a great manager, who coached me to be the best me, and always said “Lisa be a grabber!”. She volunteered me for everything, and I soon was attending all the courses I could, supporting other business and really gaining exposure; this rocketed my career. My first promotion came after my first year to Assistant Manager, then Deputy Manager the following year. From then, I started putting myself forward for cover roles and heading to other business to provide cover.

Lisa is S4labour’s Customer Training Manager. She has a lifetimes experience in the hospitality sector, having been, amongst other roles, a general manager of a premium country pub for Mitchells & Butlers.

After a successful 6-month maternity hold, I got the keys for my very first business. I will never forget the excitement of hanging my brass licensee plaque, and how proud my family were of me; I was only 23! I had achieved so much in the 4 years since leaving college and grown into such a different person. This was all down to being a grabber, and making the most of every opportunity I could. I even featured in the Career Mail for having such a successful career at my age. I loved being a landlady and continued to grab every opportunity I could. I really wanted to drive my career into a full time learning and development role and started seeking additional roles such as district trainer or people champion; I also did a foundation degree in managing in service industries. My career has been propelled by training at every opportunity. I’m still a grabber and will put my hand up for any additional training that’s available.  

Why Training Matters In Hospitality

Why Training Matters In Hospitality

Getting people to change the way they do things is no easy task, often a simple change feels impossible. It can be easy for us as leaders to see the problem and get frustrated when others can’t. Similarly, we get annoyed when people don’t act when we give them the advice needed to change.

Lisa is S4labour’s Customer Training Manager. She has a lifetimes experience in the hospitality sector, having been, amongst other roles, a general manager of a premium country pub for Mitchells & Butlers.

,Back when I was General Manager of a country pub, I remember getting frustrated with the team letting the fire go out. It was on the task list, and getting it going in the morning was no problem but it would always die out just as lunch got really busy! When I pointed out to the team that it had gone out, they would rush to re light it, spending ages doing it because of the ash build up and having to use more expensive kindling to get it going again. We were all busy and during service the fire seems like the last thing on the to do list, but the reality is, add a shovel of coal or a log at the right time is all that it needed, so it must have been something else? When eventually I stopped and questioned if I was missing a trick, I realised I needed to change a couple of things if I wanted this to land. I needed to share why it was important, both from an atmosphere point of view and a cost point of view to keep the fire going and not letting it die out and re-light it. Additionally I needed to stop delegating and disowning the task.  All the tools were there, the equipment they needed but I hadn’t encouraged the right habits. As soon as I spent time getting them to understand why it was important and encouraging them by reminding them even with a simple “Your fire looks instagramable, your challenge is to keep it looking like that all day” then reminding them throughout service with a simple reminder, habits started to form and eventually the fires continued to roar throughout the day and the team could focus on giving great service and all the other things that helped push our spend per head up.

 

The example I give was a simple task and it took a while to get the right habits in with all the different people involved to make an impact and change the way we did things. Every change still had its challenges, some more than others. I know change is hard and some people adapt quicker than others, however, this is where I get my buzz, because this is where we reap all the great rewards change brings, like improved team happiness and retention, improved sales growth, high net promoter scores and that’s what makes it exciting.

 

S4labour is a fantastic tool, I wish I had that level of visibility to allow me to make better decisions, it would have helped me to develop more confidence in my commercial decision making, but the challenge doesn’t stop with having the right software. It’s like being a member of the best gym in the world and not going or just walking on the treadmill a couple of times a week and expecting the results. Sometimes to get the most out of the gym we need a personal trainer to show us, guide us and give us a plan to work on when were on our own to ensure we get the most out of that gym membership and get the results we deserve and expect. It is the results that change brings that inspire the team around us too in other areas of the business.  I spent a lot of time supporting my district to achieve a successful training culture and shaped my career and moved into different learning and development roles. So when I joined S4labour I was able to  draw on my experience of running pubs, developing leaders and creating training interventions to create these effective masterclass programmes. The training programmes will embed and promote good habits within labour management. Each programme explores why the habit is important and then how you can implement them, inspiring positive change, strong leadership and sustainable changes, ensuring companies get the most out of S4labour seeing the results they deserve. 

Find out more about the training programmes that are available from S4labour. The courses are desiged for organisations who are looking to improve their labour habits. You do not need to be an S4labour user to take the training programmes.

2019 Like For Like Sales Figures

2019 Like For Like Sales Figures

Like for like sales figures up 1.7% for hospitality providers in 2019 compared to 2018.

 

According to analysis of more than 1,500 sites using S4labour software, like for like sales in 2019 were up 1.7%, compared to 2018.

 

While 2019 had several ups and downs, it followed a year that included record breaking warm weather and a football world cup, so growth for the year is encouraging for the sector.

 

As we saw throughout the whole year, London out performed the rest of the country, this resulted in like for likes sales growth of 2.6% compared to 1.5% outside the capital.

 

Although it was not true for every month of 2019, food focused businesses often had the better of the sales growth. Overall, this resulted in 2% growth in like for like sales over the year, compared to a smaller rise of 1.2% in sales for wet-led sites.

 

One trend that we will continue to look out for in 2020 is the rise of the wet-led site out side of the capital. For much of the last decade, figures have shown that public drinking is in decline, However, these figures suggest a much more healthy picture of the industry outside of London. Wet-led sites outside of London enjoyed a boost of 1.8% in sales in 2019, sites in London shrunk a fraction, with a drop of 0.1%. This shows just how impressive the food orientated businesses are inside the capital, with like for like growth of 8.8%, they are driving the majority of the capital’s sales growth.

December 2019 Sales Figures

December 2019 Sales Figures

-Like for like sales figures flatline for hospitality providers in December 2019.

 

According to analysis of more than 1,500 sites using S4labour software, overall like for like sales were static in December 2019, compared with the same month in 2018, falling by 0.1%.

 

There was positive like for like growth of 1.1% for sales of food in December 2019, however drinkers were more restrained than last year, resulting in a slip of 1.0% in drink sales.

 

Once again London outperformed the rest of the country, with an overall like for like growth of 1.2% compared to a fall of 0.3% outside London. One of the standout figures from December was a 4.2% growth in like for like sales for food orientated businesses inside the capital. Food orientated business outside London barely managed to grow at all, raising just 0.3%.

 

Figures that take the key festive dates of the 24th, 25th, 26th and the 31st in isolation show a much more vibrant picture of the sector, with an overall 3.9% like for like increase on the same days trading in 2018. While drink sales may have been sluggish for the month on the whole, drinks sales spiked 4.6% higher than the same dates in 2018. Surprisingly, it was wet-led sites outside of London that out performed those in the capital. Wet-led sites saw like for like sales up 6.8% over the key festive dates compared to 4.5% in London.

 

The success of the few days around Christmas suggests that people were more inclined to stay at home for much of the month, but were more willing to splash out on the biggest hospitality days of the year. It is possible that business may have missed opportunities throughout the month of December, focusing too heavily on the last week.

 

While the figures for retail are still being crunched, most analysts expect high street spending during December to fall again this year. The rise in online shopping may well have negatively impacted footfall for the hospitality sector also.