Buzzworks Holdings managing director Kenny Blair.

Bar and restaurant operator ‘serves up’ plans for new job creation and investment

Independent bar and restaurant operator Buzzworks Holdings is looking to explore new growth opportunities after being buoyed by strong trading results across its entire portfolio of 20 venues.

The confidence for expansion follows hot on the heels of the opening of its flagship new restaurant, Scotts in Greenock, which saw a record number of visitors and sales in its opening weeks.

The company is trading ahead of expectations with projected sales growth up more than 25 per cent on the previous year. Its newest offerings on the East coast, Herringbone Abbey Hill and 30 Knots, have contributed to the success.

Stylish new outdoor hotspot Outboard in South Queensferry has also helped expand its customer base by bringing in a new audience with its dog friendly offering nestled amongst Scotland’s famous three bridges.

Buzzworks successful formula of investing in towns and suburbs across the country, introducing its unique blend of food, drink, style and service, is one that is working for the award-winning Kilmarnock headquartered company.

Managing director Kenny Blair said: “It’s been a challenging climate for hospitality operators for some time and we’ve not been immune, but the tailwind of opportunity is here and we plan to catch it. Based on insights from across our portfolio, as well as our understanding of the market, we believe there is an opportunity for significant growth in Scotland.

“You have to look for the opportunities and adjust, the best companies always do and that’s what will drive us forward at pace. We have a successful format and vision that we won’t compromise on.

“When we open in a new location our commitment is to invest in more than bricks and mortar. It’s not just opening a bar or restaurant to us. It’s about community and if we can make living in a town just that little bit better, we’ve done our job.

“We’ve always stood by this and by creating jobs and careers for local people, as well as bringing an aspirational dining experience and a place for socialising, the community has shown its support by coming through our doors week after week. We are forever mindful and grateful of that.”

Through investment in local communities and its 800-plus strong team, the family owned business has become renowned for its industry-leading staff benefits, including competitive rates, ongoing training and development, career progression, flexible working, and health and wellbeing incentives, which is the foundation for its success.

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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