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Mon 1st Aug 2022 - Nightcap to open Bar Academy led by JJ Goodman
Nightcap to open Bar Academy led by JJ Goodman: Bar operator Nightcap is to launch the Nightcap Bar Academy as its dedicated training hub. The Academy will be led by creative director and winner of the 2008 World’s Best Bartender award, JJ Goodman. The Academy will be the central point for training across the group, for both new and existing teams. A dedicated facility, located in Camden Market, the Academy will provide in depth training for all staff members to improve their skills and deliver consistent levels of excellence and customer service across the estate. It is envisaged that the Academy will function as a central hub to improve both recruitment and retention, as Nightcap continues to open bars and seek out and train the best talent in the sector across the UK. Meanwhile the company has announced another new opening in Bristol for its Tonight Josephine brand. The latest lease signed at 28 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1NG is the fourth site for the group in Bristol, following recent openings for The Cocktail Club and Blame Gloria. The venue is the largest Tonight Josephine site to date with a capacity of 450 split across a ground floor and basement with an additional outside terraced area. The site measures approximately 7,824 square feet in total. Its licensed hours are 2:00am Sunday to Thursday and 3:00am Friday and Saturday. The venue will open later this year. Tonight Josephine Bristol will be the third confirmed new opening for the brand this year, following its successful opening in Cardiff and recent lease signing in Liverpool. It will be the fourth Tonight Josephine venue outside of London and the seventh in total. It takes the total number of Adventure Bar Group sites to 13 in total. Nightcap now has 34 sites within its estate and a further 22 premises under offer or in legal negotiations for all of its brands and continues to see favourable market conditions for site acquisitions across the UK. Chief executive Sarah Willingham said: “Bristol is a city we are getting to know really well and is a place where we continue to perform consistently well. Tonight Josephine is the third brand from within the group to open in Bristol, across four different sites. It is the first location outside of London where we are proving how well our different bar concepts can work alongside each other without cannibalising revenues. This is a testament to the strong identity within each brand that the teams work tirelessly to perfect and preserve. I am often asked about the secret of the success of Nightcap. So many people talk about the mix of great brands, the innovation of the offer, the timing of our growth, the resilient millennial audience or the exceptional underlying business model. But it’s actually very simple – our secret is our people. In Nightcap we have a team of people who are exceptional at the things that they are good at. They shine and are allowed to shine. That’s why we’ve started our incredible Nightcap Bar Academy, to capture the brilliance and share the magic with anyone who joins our team. Working with the best of the best, you’ll learn skills for life and have a lot of fun doing so! I’ve stood and watched the teams grow in confidence, build friendships and learn to produce some perfect cocktails. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Videos from Women’s Conference to be released later this month: In mid-August, Premium subscribers will receive access to all the videos from Propel’s Women’s Entrepreneur and Leaders Conference, featuring the sector’s finest female leaders and entrepreneurs. Jo Clevely, co-founder of Geronimo Inns, talks to Ann Elliott about why design matters so much in hospitality venues and how women can really make their mark in this often-hidden side of the business. Wenny Armstrong, managing director of Ballie Ballerson, shares her story about starting the business, winning investment and the highs and lows of the last few years. Grace Harding, chief executive of Ocean Basket Group, now in 18 countries and recently launched in the UK, talks about her attitude to leadership, recruiting the best possible talent and creating working environments in which people have the opportunity to thrive and learn. Zoe Collins, managing director of the Jamie Oliver Group, talks about her journey from producing live shows for BBC Radio One to running a high profile, award-winning global media and food brand with social impact at its heart. Dawn Donohoe, managing director of London Cocktail Club and Barrio Bars, talks about her 20 years of senior leadership experience in the sector and how it has helped her become a successful managing director and leader. Meanwhile, Ann Elliott talks to Karen Bates, group people director at BrewDog; Anne-Marie Sarantis, head of people at Gusto; Dawn Browne, people and talent director at Fuller’s; and Miranda Burgum, people director at Gail’s Bakery about what women need to do to reach board level. Elliott also talks to Lizi Hills, head of finance at Various Eateries; Danielle Davies, chief financial officer at Revolution; Koula Achillea, finance director at Oakman Group; and Julie Centracchio, chief financial officer at Boston Tea Party about how finance roles can help women reach the top. Lucy Worth, chief operating officer at Mowgli; Lisa Gibbons, chief operating officer (Bella Italia and concessions) at the Big Table Group; and Kate Eastwood, operations director at Fuller’s also talk to Elliott about how women can really make their mark in operations. Also talking to Elliott are Naomi Heaton, founder of The Other House; Chelsea Finch, founder of the three-strong London-based coffee shop brand, District; entrepreneur Anh Pham, founder of Paeonia; and Rebecca Bishop, founder of Two Magpies Bakery about how and why they set up their own businesses. Premium subscribers also receive access to four databases – the Propel Multi-Site DatabaseNew Openings DatabasePropel Turnover & Profits Blue Book and UK Food & Beverage Franchisor Database. They also receive access to Propel’s library of lockdown videos and Friday Wrap interviews, and now also have access to a curated video library of the sector’s finest leaders and entrepreneurs, offering their insights on running outstanding businesses in the sector. Premium subscribers also receive their morning newsletter 11 hours early, at 7pm the evening before our 6am send-out; regular video content and regular exclusive columns from Mark Wingett. Companies can now have an unlimited number of people receive access to Propel Premium for a year for £895 plus VAT – whether they are an operator or a supplier. The single subscription rate is £445 plus VAT for operators and £545 plus VAT for suppliers. Email jo.charity@propelinfo.com to upgrade your subscription.


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