'LAKE DISTRICT INN ACTS ON INDUSTRY STAFFING ISSUES'
Owner of The Punch Bowl Inn & Restaurant at Crosthwaite, Richard Rose, believes the industry needs to up its game when it comes to placing value on staff. The company is now working towards introducing a four-and-a-half-day week, a new employee profit share-based bonus scheme, enhanced training and private health care provision.
“Anyone involved in this industry will understand it takes a special kind of person to thrive in this line of work, and the rewards, benefits, working conditions, and health and wellbeing initiatives need to match the efforts put in.”
“Our striking location plus our reputation have always helped us attract some great people,” he said.
“But the flip side to being in such a picturesque area is that as soon as properties become available, they’re quickly snapped up to let out as holiday accommodation.
The businessman is also keen on investing in his staff’s career development, from ongoing training, coaching, and mentoring in-house to having opportunities to gain valuable experience at other prestigious venues and alongside top producers.
“Our chefs have carried out stages in the kitchens of some of the UK’s best Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as learning from some leading culinary talents in industry competitions,” he said.
“We’re passionate about showing people the benefits of working in hospitality and just how diverse and vibrant our industry can be. The last 18 months have been some of the most challenging times we’ve been through, but we now need to come together to influence positive change for future generations.”
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