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After working in the hospitality industry since leaving college, Jamie started his journey at Byfords over two years ago as a bar team member. With a keen interest in product development and a qualification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust under his belt, Jamie quickly moved up to bar supervisor at Byfords. Jamie has been in charge of the day-to-day running of the bar, developing cocktail recipes, and training his team ever since! Now Jamie has left his mark on Byfords, it is time to take on a new challenge, and he will be moving to The Pigs as a supervisor.

Jamie originally started Byfords after the first lockdown and was looking for a job to tie him over whilst deciding what career path he wanted to pursue. After just a few months of working at Byfords, Jamie realised he loved what he was doing, became passionate about the brand and decided this was the start of his bar career.

When asked what Jamie had learnt from working at Byfords over the past two years, he said he has “taken away the phenomenal Byfords work ethic” and said it has “positively influenced him and his ways of working, as well as influences from other strong team members to create a great working environment.”

Jamie said “my favourite thing about Byfords is the team, they are all so friendly and hardworking, especially all the managers who all give 110% to their teams and have such a strong bond with the business.”

Jamie starts at The Pigs at the end of January and said “the tools I have learnt from Byfords, such as product innovation, I am excited to apply my knowledge at The Pigs too”. He is eager to learn more about The Pigs customers and adapt to a brand new target market. Jamie has also said “I will enjoy getting to know The Pigs team and all the locals who visit the pub.”

Jamie was given the opportunity to join The Pigs team after showing a great work ethic and drive to move forward. Jamie said that “my love of the job, product innovation, and keeping busy has motivated me to strive to be the best I can be.”

When asked if he had any advice for those in the hospitality industry, Jamie said “if you love what you do, work hard and put the hours in, the industry is very rewarding.” Jamie says that the hospitality industry is sometimes seen as an in-between job. But working somewhere that rewards hard work can be a great career with many pathways and opportunities.

FUN FACT: If you were an animal, what would you be?

“Basset Hound. I like their floppy faces, and they have quite a skill set, but they like to sit in front of fires too, so I feel I would be a basset hound.”