Published On: 12/05/2022|405 words|2.1 min read|

A survey of the UK’s major city centres has shown that Liverpool leads the Hospitality bounce-back following pandemic closures. With a 4.4% increase in restaurants, bars and pubs between September 2021 and December 2021, Liverpool was beginning to thrive again in the sector.

Northern cities dominated the list as Leeds came in second place (3.9%), Manchester in fourth place (2.5%), and Newcastle in fifth (2.3%). The North even outstripped London, which saw a 1.6% growth.

Recently, there have been several high-profile openings in Manchester, including sports bar BOX, Nells New York Pizza and Bar, and Contact Bar & Kitchen from GRUB. According to data from Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB), the North’s hospitality trade exhibition, Northern cities are steadily leading the UK for new openings.

The data credits the region’s growth to local entrepreneurs and national operators who have invested as COVID-19 restrictions alleviated. The data was provided by CGA, the industry-leading food and drink data insights company.

Despite numerous new openings in Manchester, Liverpool’s growth stood firm at an impressive 4.4% net increase in hospitality venues. Surprisingly, the capital city came in ninth out of the 14 cities surveyed, including core and capital cities (plus Chester and York).

The Hospitality Growth List

  1. Liverpool 4.4%
  2. Leeds 3.9%
  3. Edinburgh 3.3%
  4. Manchester 2.5%
  5. Newcastle 2.3%
  6. Chester 2.0%
  7. Birmingham 2.0%
  8. Glasgow 1.7%
  9. London 1.6%
  10. York 1.5%
  11. Cardiff 1.4%
  12. Nottingham 1.5%
  13. Sheffield 1.0%
  14. Bristol 0.5%

*Based on data collected from CGA

Free Upskill Training for Liverpool Hospitality

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) recently launched an initiative, Be More. The project aims to address longstanding skill shortages across the LCR through the provision of funded training. Through the Be More training fund, businesses based in the LCR (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral) can place employees on a fully-funded 2-day training course for Hospitality Customer Service with a leading Adult and Education training provider, Complete Skills Solutions (CSS).

By upskilling current staff, overall productivity is positively impacted and the quality of the work produced by employees increases due to the broadening of knowledge. Learning and development in the workplace is also of great value in terms of knowledge sharing, allowing employees to cascade learnings to their colleagues, benefiting whole departments or indeed organisations.

Giving existing employees access to learning and development opportunities is a powerful way for employers to invest in their teams, because when employees progress, this has a material impact on the success of the business as a whole.

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