BaxterStorey welcomes record number of graduates

A record number of graduates have been welcomed on to BaxterStorey’s Momentum Graduate Programme. Now in its sixth year, a total of 23 new recruits began their journey with an introductory ceremony held at the Blue Fin Building in London. Launched in 2010, the programme has seen a year-on-year increase in intake, receiving more than 350 applications this year. The scheme helps university graduates enter the industry, launching their career within an exciting and growing business with a view to developing them into confident and creative managers. The programme has celebrated a 100 per cent retention rate of graduates from the past two years.

Georgie Wishart, communications executive at BaxterStorey, completed the Momentum Graduate Programme in 2013. She explains: “I now work alongside senior members of the BaxterStorey family on a daily basis. My experience on the graduate programme enabled me to have a complete understanding of our business. From site management to the importance of quality, seasonal produce, it was an experience that was invaluable to my development.” This year’s graduates will have the opportunity to work across the WSH portfolio, joining teams at BaxterStorey, Searcys, Holroyd Howe and Caterlink. The programmes unique hands-on approach to development will see the graduates experience all elements of the business over a period of nine months – spending time in the kitchen, front of house and within both hospitality and support services. They then move on to mobilisations, location projects and operations, learning all aspects of location management.

Joining this year’s programme is Gabrielle Le Roux, who recently graduated from Birmingham University with a first class degree in Hospitality Business Management. She said: “I believe the Momentum Graduate Programme will provide me with some of the very best experiences available within the hospitality industry. I am looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead, learning new skills and developing into a confident manager within the business.”

Graham Eveleigh, head of skills and development at BaxterStorey, added: “Our renowned training academies are constantly evolving and delivering specialist, awardwinning programmes to more teams than ever before. The increasing popularity of our Momentum Graduate Programme is testament to the vast range of opportunities our young recruits are offered. It is training initiatives such as this that continue to help us attract and retain a motivated and committed workforce.”

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For further information about WSH contact:

Hannah Keddie 02380 382970 – hannah.keddie@grayling.com
Holly Broadway 02380 382970 – holly.broadway@grayling.com

Notes to editors:

About BaxterStorey – BaxterStorey provides bespoke hospitality services through restaurants, café bars, deli operations and executive dining rooms for a wide range of customers. Its heritage is built on the culinary expertise and the professional training and development of its people. It employs more than 8,500 people at over 600 locations, and provides food service excellence to clients and customers in business and industry. BaxterStorey’s core principle is to serve the best quality food, sourced and prepared locally using the finest produce. Through its chef and barista academies, it provides focused and dedicated training to front line teams helping them to provide great service and build a career for life. The reach and talent of BaxterStorey’s business enables it to draw on an extensive pool of expertise within the food service sphere in the UK, providing it with a strong foundation to share and distribute best practice both locally and across the country

About Westbury Street Holdings – Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) is the owner of the UK’s most successful portfolio of independent catering and hospitality businesses. The company operates the following businesses: · BaxterStorey – catering services for business and industry · BaxterStorey Ireland – catering services for business, industry and education · BaxterStorey Scotland – catering services for business, industry and education · Benugo – New York style deli with retail outlets and restaurants in leading leisure venues · Searcys – one of the UK’s most prestigious catering companies with a world-famous reputation for catering and hospitality at iconic, exclusive venues for hire throughout the UK · Holroyd Howe – catering and hospitality services for independent schools and colleges · Caterlink – catering and hospitality services for state education including day nurseries, primary, secondary, colleges and universities · Portico Corporate Reception Management – a reception management and guest services outsourcing solution · WSH Restaurants – a dedicated commercial restaurant division

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