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Professional Liverpool & LCC Annual Carol Service

Last week, I attended the annual Professional Liverpool & Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce Annual Carol Service. Held in the surroundings of St Nicholas Church, the service radiated a warm feeling of community and goodwill, heralding the start of the festive season.

When I arrived at the church after braving the freezing December weather, I immediately felt the warmth of the surroundings, followed by friendly greetings. This set the tone for a fine evening of Christmas carols and networking. In addition, I was visually struck by the architecture of St Nicholas Church, as it was beautifully pristine in appearance.

I had never attended a carol service before, so this was a new experience. Indeed I enjoyed the service, as it was rich in festive tone with carols and hymns sung in hearty voices. There were also readings from prominent Liverpool business speakers, including Julie Sankey, Bill Addy, Stephen Burrows, Paul Cherpeau and Laura Stuffins.

The service was topped off with a visit to Fazenda, for some delicious mulled wine, mince pies and the opportunity to network with new and familiar faces. It was a nice touch to end a lovely evening, which certainly helped to put me in the Christmas spirit.

Many thanks to everyone involved.

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Professional Liverpool – Networking Evening with Tomas Maunier

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending a networking evening, organised by Professional Liverpool and featuring Tomas Maunier from Fazenda Group. Having previously listened to Tomas speak about Fazenda, it was a pleasure to once again hear him speak about the founding, growth and success of the business.

With an excellent turnout, canapés and networking at the Cotton Exchange, the event began with a warm introduction from John Hall, the Chief Executive of Professional Liverpool. As Tomas took to the stage, a hearty applause marked the beginning of an experience, where I once again listened to Tomas’s personal journey, from his law beginnings, to moving into the hospitality industry in 2010. Listening to Tomas again, I was not to be disappointed, as I absorbed his every word from start to finish.

There was plenty that Tomas covered. From his beginnings as a solicitor, getting involved with marketing and hospitality, to explaining about the importance of having the right people, which was a reoccurring theme. In addition, Tomas also talked about the difficult challenges and setbacks, that had to be overcome, for Fazenda to be successful. An example is that working in hospitality, means the environment is incredibly fast-paced, frantic and constantly demanding, leaving minimal opportunity to stop and reflect. This means surrounding oneself with the right people is important.

Thinking about Tomas’s Fazenda journey, I found it to be an interesting insight into how the hospitality industry works. With so many restaurants competing for trade in Liverpool and other UK cities, customers have so much choice and different tastes, meaning that establishments need to provide the best possible dining experiences. Another aspect to consider is that trends will change as money gets tighter, leading to the dining out bubble bursting. Therefore restaurants will need to innovate and adapt to change, or fall by the wayside.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Alex Clark and Rosie Davis from Professional Liverpool, for putting together a fine evening of networking. I would also like to once again thank Tomas for sharing his incredible story, and providing a glimpse into the blood, sweat and tears required, to be successful in business.

Certainly provided me with food for thought!

Weightmans Wednesday – Fazenda Group

Liverpool is blessed to have so many fine restaurants. From the likes of Panoramic 34, Old Blind School, Sapporo, Mayur, District House and others, there are many terrific restaurants that provide quality cuisine, catering for all tastes and palates.

At last month’s Weightmans Wednesday event, I listened to a very interesting talk given by Tomas Maunier from Fazenda Group. The purpose was to deliver an insight into the running and development of Fazenda. Located in the fine surroundings of Exchange Flags, Fazenda has grown to be one of the best dining establishments in Liverpool, and is very popular within the city’s Commercial District. As a result, I was extremely keen to listen to Tomas’s story.20161026_204023

Tomas covered his early background in law, before moving into marketing and his current work with Fazenda. Listening to him, I learned it is important to understand people, as this is how business is done. In addition, I picked up other useful points related to branding and customer service, which I have included below.

  1. Focus on providing a quality experience for customers.
  2. Do what you do with passion and love!
  3. Service begins at home!
  4. Concentrate on making a premium brand and dream ways to expand it.
  5. Explain to the customer about what you are doing.
  6. People do not accept change easily!

With these events, usually I listen to speakers talk about their successes, but rarely their mistakes. Tomas was different in that he opened up about past errors made, which was refreshing to hear. It is very rare for a speaker to open up and honestly mention what they could have done better previously, so I applaud Tomas for having the courage to do this. Sometimes we need to remember, that we are human beings who are not perfect, and that mistakes are opportunities for us to learn from.

My experience of the event was very positive. Tomas was a fine speaker, as he spoke sincerely and with passion for his work. From his early background in law, to getting into the hospitality industry, I was fascinated by his story, and of how Fazenda has grown as a restaurant. I hope to try their cuisine very soon!

In conclusion, I would like to thank Tomas and everyone involved at Weightmans, for an excellent evening of conversation and networking.