Four months as the DSP.

It’s been four months now since I started here at Chefs In Scotland as the Director of Special Projects.

My main task is the start-up and running of our new brewery, however, my time is split between managing the CIS property and the recruitment office also.

A lot has been achieved since I started. I have made numerous prototype ales and had a very successful beer tasting night, we have sourced equipment and a builder and I have made a comprehensive business plan to help with grant applications. A lot of research has also been done so that when we start trading we are in the best position possible to be successful. I am heading up to the Cuillin brewery on Skye for a week to gain some more experience. After four months we are still waiting for the council to give us our change of use for the building…

In the recruitment office I cover for holidays and now, while we wait for the planning for the brewery, I am chef recruiting most of the time as it gets busier with the new season starting. I am responsible for Commis chef and Chef de Partie permanent recruitment with a placement in Shetland last week. I have also been applying for a trademark for ‘Chefs In Scotland’.

All is quiet on the property front at the moment but I always keep an eye on the 8 properties owned by CIS.

Here’s hoping the next four months run just as smoothly!

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