“I didn’t really have any experience when I began as a Barista in London. I had worked a few times behind the bar in a club in Italy at the till, but I really didn’t know anything much about it.”
“I think that the main thing is attitude. When I trial people behind the bar, I don’t care so much about experience, it’s really more about their personality coming across and if they are proactive.”
“I think a really good thing about Granger & Co is that it’s a place that really gives you the opportunity to learn. There’s always someone more experienced than you when you join who will teach you. We cultivate a friendly and supportive environment. You’ll never be stuck polishing glasses for eight hours a day – you have the opportunity to learn different things.”
“We have a great training structure in place; we make sure that everybody gets fully trained whether that’s with coffee, going to the roastery that we work with, whether it’s in house with myself, or whether it’s cocktails, teaching people the classics.”
“Our suppliers come around 4 times a year for tasting – to get everybody engaged and learning the wine we serve. You can really learn a lot. You don’t necessarily need to have experience.”
“Granger & Co. give you the opportunity to grow. All of our bar managers, myself included, were trained up in the company from the bar. I was initially a Barista and then I became a Supervisor after six months. They gave me the tools and the chance to grow. That’s what I love about the company – there’s never a no. If you want something there’s always the chance to get it.”
“I remember a chat I had back in 2016 with my General Manager at the time and asking “Does the next bar manager need to be a guy? Only guys seemed to be applying and I wanted to get the position for myself”. The environment I was coming from in my previous experiences was very male-led and I wanted to change that. Of course, he said “Why would we not give you the opportunity?”. It was after that chat where I started getting trained up to Manager level, and I have loved it since!”
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