Kinsale’s Blue Haven Collection, which consists of the Blue Haven Hotel, The Old Bank Townhouse, Hamlets Bar & Gastro Garden in Kinsale as well as Vikkis Wine & Tapas bar in Cork, has announced a recruitment drive for a further 35 people to add to its team.

The new staff will bring the team to over 100, which will rise to 130 people over the summer months.

The Blue Haven was recently included in Ireland’s Fab 50 and is recognised by all the major guidebooks, including Great Places to Stay, The Best of the Best and The Best in Ireland. Over the last twelve months The Blue Haven embarked on an expansion journey adding Hamlets Street Food and Gastro Garden, an evening wine and Indian tapas bar in Old Bank House called Tabasu, which will have a full bar license, and in The Blue Haven Hotel itself, a new craft cocktail and dining experience called Rare.

As well, The Blue Haven Collection has introduced a new staff wellness plan called the Happy Hotel initiative. Some activities of this program include upgrading their staff relaxation areas, as well as a range of supports and facilities.

They have also launched a sustainable business program by creating a Green Team. This programme of positive changes is ambitious as the objective is to not only adapt sustainable business practices, but to also reduce their Carbon footprint and over time to become a fully carbon neutral business.

“Our goal is to create a socially conscious, environmentally friendly, happy work place for our team and customers. We have put a lot of time and effort into this over the last number of months to build our business back as a better business post lockdown. We want The Blue Haven Collection be a place where our team feel valued and appreciated and part of a family environment,” said Pamela Lopez, Staff Liaison Officer for the Blue Haven Collection.

The Blue Haven has an ethos of growing from within with a culture of continuous learning and improvement and has an array of hospitality experiences under its offering from a gourmet food truck, two wine and tapas bars to a fine dining restaurant.

Speaking on behalf of the Blue Haven, General Manager Jason Sleator said: “We are
delighted to be welcoming our core team back in the coming weeks and excited about welcoming over 35 new additions to our team. The last 12 months has been extremely tough on our industry but we are excited about reopening and the prospect that holds. We have used this time well during lockdowns to improve our product and also importantly our working environment. We know our team have been through a lot with opening and closing of the industry on a number of occasions and we want to welcome them back to a safe, fulfilling and rewarding environment.”

Roles The Blue Haven Collection are currently recruiting for include chef and kitchen roles, bookings coordinator, operations manager, receptionists, accommodation assistants as well as a host of bar and restaurant roles.

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