In the UK, the foodservice and hospitality sector and its supply chain is experiencing rising labour shortages with job vacancies at their highest levels since records began. This is placing huge pressure on the sector with shortages covering the full breadth of the industry. ‘Solutions to the Staffing Crisis: A Different View’ with Ronan Harte, CEO, BaxterStorey and Simon Boyle, Founder, Beyond Food and The Brigade Bar + Kitchen discusses the challenges and potential solutions to the labour crisis and how working with charities such as Beyond Food could be a potential solution.
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‘Solutions to the Staffing Crisis: A Different View’ with Ronan Harte, CEO, BaxterStorey and Simon Boyle, Founder, Beyond Food and The Brigade Bar + Kitchen
Tuesday 9 November 2021: 12.00pm – 4.00pm at The Brigade Bar + Kitchen, London Bridge
On Tuesday 9 November 2021 Arena is excited to host a brand new event. ‘Solutions to the Staffing Crisis: A Different View’ features a fantastic panel discussion with industry leaders, a keynote speech by Simon Boyle, award-winning chef, author and founder of Beyond Food and Brigade Bar + Kitchen, an interview with one of Beyond Food’s apprentices plus a three-course lunch with wine, cooked and served by the restaurants’ chefs and front-of-house team alongside Beyond Food’s apprentices.
The panel discussion, hosted by Simon Boyle and featuring industry leaders including Ronan Harte, CEO, BaxterStorey will discuss the current labour shortages affecting the whole of the sector - from chefs and front of house staff through to HGV drivers and warehouse staff - looking at what companies are doing to tackle this crisis, what solutions are available and how working with charities like Beyond Food could also be a potential solution.
The event takes place at The Brigade Bar + Kitchen - a professional restaurant focussed on using the best available ingredients, using new and progressive techniques such as live-fire cooking on English Oak, whilst at the same time working closely with Beyond Food's apprentices, supporting them as they progress through their development programmes.
The Brigade Bar + Kitchen is a partnership between BaxterStorey, PWC and the restaurant.
Ronan Harte, CEO, BaxterStorey
Ronan has been part of the WSH family for over 10 years. Prior to his role as Chief Executive of BaxterStorey, he was Managing Director of Holroyd Howe, growing the organisation to become the market leading independent school caterer. He also led BaxterStorey Ireland for three years as Chairman.
His focus on building strong teams and focusing on development opportunities is underpinned by his passion for great food and service. Since starting his career as a chef, Ronan has held roles with P&O Cruises, Ascot Racecourse and as Operations and Sales Director at Elior.
Simon Boyle, Founder, Beyond Food and The Brigade Bar + Kitchen
Simon Boyle is a social entrepreneur, award-winning chef and author and the founder of pioneering concepts tackling social issues through food - the Beyond Food charity and The Brigade Bar + Kitchen Restaurant.
His charitable mission began in 2004 when he volunteered in Sri Lanka in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Seeing the international community pull together to help those who had lost everything compelled Simon to do more for his own community when he returned back to the UK. Simon wanted to create an organisation that broke the cycle of poverty while bridging the gap between the corporate and social sectors.
Having established the social enterprise and charity Beyond Food, the organisation started by teaching classes and workshops at homeless shelters and expanded into a hospitality social enterprise. In 2010, Simon embarked on a partnership with PWC, De Vere Venues and the Homes and Communities Agency to launch Brigade Restaurant on Tooley Street in London Bridge, which has become the home of a unique set of training programmes for Beyond Food.
The Brigade Bar + Kitchen is a professional restaurant focused on using the best available ingredients, cooked on live fires, using new and progressive techniques whilst at the same time working closely with apprentices, supporting them as they progress through their development programmes.
Since its inception, the Beyond Food Foundation has provided training and support to people who have been impacted by homelessness, mental health, addiction, those with a criminal record or who are at risk of homelessness. Their programmes, based around cooking and serving food, focus on getting people into fulfilling and meaningful employment within foodservice and hospitality thus breaking the cycle of homelessness, unemployment and poverty.
Simon’s varied career has seen him appear on Dragon’s Den through to being recognised with many prestigious awards, such as the Extra Mile Award at the Foodservice Cateys 2018 and special recognition for his relief work in London during Covid-19 by the Basque Culinary World Prize 2020.
As well as valuable insight and discussion, guests will benefit once again from excellent opportunities to reconnect face to face with friends and colleagues whilst enjoying a fabulous three-course lunch with wine, exclusively prepared and served by the restaurant’s team and apprentices. The ticket revenue generated from the event will help Beyond Food continue its fantastic work and Arena is also delighted donate an additional 10% of the ticket revenue to Beyond Food in the year that marks the charity's tenth anniversary.
Meet two Beyond Food apprentices: