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New bartending training school from the Food and Drink Group

07 December 2006 by

The Food and Drink Group is to launch a bartending school as part of its rejuvenation of the Henry J Beans bar and restaurant business it bought last year.

It will be based at the Henry J Beans' flagship store on Chelsea's King's Road in London and will make use of expertise in the company when it launches in the first quarter of 2007.

Food and Drink chief executive James Kowszun said it was part of a reinvestment in the business in a bid to improve staff training and boost the customer experience.

Henry J Beans is also set to get a makeover early next year following a back-to-basics approach on the operation side during 2006, although Kowszun said it would be "evolutionary rather than revolutionary".

A full contribution from Henry J Beans and bar group Brodies sent group sales soaring in the full year to 23 September, up 53% to £20.3m. Pre-tax profit, which stripped out reorganisation costs of £150,000 and disposals, jumped 204% to £1.3m.

Kowszun said: "I'm really please with the way things are going. It's a huge testament tot the team and all the handwork they have put in."

Financial results for full year:

  • Turnover: up 53% to £20.3m (2005: £13.3m)
  • Pre-tax profit: up 204% to £1.3m (2005: £400,000)
  • Like-for-like sales in ten weeks since new financial year: up 5.6%

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