Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Latin American Themed Restaurant Chain
  • Year established:
    1991
  • Website:
    http://www.iguanas.co.uk
  • Contact
    • Las Iguanas, Clifton Down House, 54a Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH

About Las Iguanas

Based in Bristol but with outlets all over the country, Las Iguanas are the UK’s original and most successful Latin American restaurant operator.

Led by Managing Director Mos Shamel, Las Iguanas lead the way in contemporary Latin food and drink, vibrant, evocative environments, and superb hospitality. The chain celebrates the flavours, pleasures and joy of Latin American and how they enrich everyday life.

Las Iguanas’ mission statement is to provide everyday celebration through first-class hospitality and fresh Latin American dishes across the UK and beyond.

The company have four core principles: fun, consistency, generosity and passion. These form the framework used to select and recruit employees. All staff must clearly display all four personality traits to be hired, and restaurant managers are trained to recognise them during the screening and interviewing process.

This philosophy helps ensure guests experience the same characteristics. Their values are also embedded in the initial training process and in ongoing professional development.


What is it like to work for Las Iguanas

My Manager
My Manager
The management-in-training programme starts team members on their management career. There’s an internal hospitality degree and the chance to spend a day with a colleague in an area of interest.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Development training and support comes through workshops, roadshows, conferences and area meetings. An annual support day camping trip helps informally reiterate brand characteristics in a fun way through group activities. People get 'add-on roles' to give them extra responsibilities.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Everyone is made to feel a valued part of the family. Lots of money goes into trips abroad, competitions, prizes, an awards ceremony and bonuses. The Race to Rio is an annual all-expenses-paid trip for the 14 individuals who best embody the company culture.

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Holidays
    Holidays

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

Company Statistics

  • Staff:

    1625

  • Average Age:

    30

  • Earning £35,000+:

    4%

  • UK sites:

    53

  • Male : Female:

    58% / 42%

  • Staff Turnover:

    79%

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