Buzzworks Holdings

With a portfolio of award-winning restaurants and bars across Scotland, our goal is to make people feel great.
https://www.buzzworksholdings.com

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Buzzworks and its staff lent a hand practically and financially to efforts to ease the impact of Covid-19.

Staff from the company's portfolio of bars and restaurants helped to provide more than 40,000 meals for vulnerable people, with chefs doing the cooking and front-of-house workers handling the packing and delivery. On Christmas Day, staff volunteers used venues closed because of Covid to make festive dinners for local charities.

At the start of lockdown, Ayrshire-based Buzzworks donated £10,000 to Hospitality Action's emergency appeal in support of hospitality workers. Buzzworks team members contributed to fundraising and also donated their time to sew scrubs for NHS staff, using sewing machines borrowed from schools.

Managing director Kenny Blair published a daily blog on the staff app to keep colleagues informed about Buzzworks' activities, government updates and forthcoming events. He has recently overseen the company's expansion into Edinburgh, part of its strategy to reach £50 million revenue by 2025.

Buzzworks' culture is built around core values that include Growing Forward Together, Flair With Care and Value Every Voice.

As part of its commitment to personal growth, the company developed a lockdown training calendar suitable for its diverse workforce. This included online tutorials in basic cookery, cocktail-making and business and finance. Buzzworks also laid on social activities such as online fitness classes and bingo nights.

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My Manager

79% of staff agreed

My manager cares about how satisfied I am in my job

Each senior manager has a bespoke development programme, which includes classroom-based tutoring on leadership skills, e-learning, supper clubs and one-to-one coaching. This leads to accreditation from the Institute of Learning & Management. For emerging talent, the company offers a six-month management accelerator programme.

Leadership

86% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

Senior leaders held a meeting every evening in the weeks before lockdown to discuss the next steps and how to keep the team as settled and informed as possible. Their approach was never to speculate, and to keep all communication factual. This helped to build trust with the team.

Wellbeing

73% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Recognising that the pandemic was creating money worries for some of its staff, Buzzworks decided to set up a loan scheme. It offered interest-free loans of as much as £300, to be repaid weekly once the company's venues fully reopened.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1978
Total number of employees
13
Number of UK locations
31
Employee average age
54% : 46%
Male : Female employee ratio
2%
Employees earning £35k+
41%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

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