Profitable Hospitality Podcast

Ken Burgin recently met coffee roaster Saxon Wright, to hear about Pablo & Rusty’s recent certification as a B-Corp. Speciality coffee seems to lead the way in the beverage industry with its focus on sustainability from grower through to consumer. B-Corps ‘aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems’, and the Silver Chef group is a proud member of the worldwide B-Corp community.

We discussed the growth of the business, their commitment to sustainably sourced produce, and the additional B-Corp priorities of environmental action, improved employee conditions, customer and community support, accountability and transparency. Even coffee waste is being imaginatively re-used with their Huskee Cup project. The company is growing fast, and Saxon sees the focus provided by B-Corp standards as an important part of their success.

Direct download: 249_How_a_Coffee_Group_Became_a_B-Corp_Business.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:22pm AEST

Do you ever wonder why some cafes and restaurants are constantly in the news? Stories regularly appear in the local paper about their food, events and award-winning staff. Their chef may even be heard on local radio and seen on TV. What’s the secret? To help us understand how the media works, Ken Burgin interviewed public relations expert Jules Brooke about the type of stories that will create interest, how to prepare a Media Release, where to send it and how to use the publicity that follows.

We discussed the value of sharing ‘educational’ content, how to build your own profile, and a wide range of story ideas that will appeal to busy journalists. We also talked about the style and format of photos needed by the media, and when to engage a professional photographer. To help small businesses do their own public relations, Jules has developed the HandleYourOwnPR website, with expert writing and story advice, plus local Australian media lists. You can start sending media releases to your local journalists this week!

Direct download: 248_How_to_Get_the_Media_Interested_in_Your_Restaurant.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:46am AEST

Suddenly food trucks are all around us, and can be a simpler way of entering the food service game than signing a lease for a traditional shop. Flexibility and mobility are two of the positives, but there are also challenges with establishing a recognised brand, working out of a tiny space, and the need for constant promotion.

 

In this interview Ken Burgin talks with Harry Fleming, a chef and owner of The Bun Mobile – Brisbane’s original food truck and still a leader with its innovative menu and a huge following of hungry fans. We talked about establishment costs, regular social media posting, good photography, food safety, production kitchens, and the importance of a location calendar. Harry is very generous with the information he shares, and combines a successful business with regular holidays, which he also shares on social media! You can follow the Bun Mobile on Facebook and Instagram, and also check his Downey Park Food Truck collection.

Direct download: 247_Building_a_Profitable_Food_Truck_Business.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

Kitchen work needs a lot of people for supplies, production, service and cleaning. Timing is critical and hierarchies are important – we need smart, experienced managers to create a profitable result. So what are the qualities kitchen leaders need for 2018? They’re very different to 10 years ago.

Helping chefs to become great leaders is a passion for Chef Chris Hill, and the driving force for his book Making the Cut, and new book Lead Like a Chef. In this podcast, Ken Burgin talks with Chris about his 7 Dimensions of Chef Leadership, and how to apply them to industry challenges: attracting people to cooking careers, the shortage of women and people of colour in kitchen leadership, high stress and relationship breakdowns, substance abuse and addiction. It’s a challenging list, and Chris’s fresh take on leadership shows there is a way forward if modern leaders embrace new skills.

Direct download: 246_v2.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:36am AEST

Colin Harmon is a four-time Irish Barista Champion and owner of Dublin’s 3fe Coffee, one of the world’s most innovative and progressive specialty coffee shops. His work in coffee has extended to roasting, training and consultancy work, as well as developing coffee equipment for the specialty market and beyond.

In this interview Ken Burgin talks with Colin about how he has developed his cafes and roastery, and created a business model that combines efficiency, quality, great service and a positive employee culture. It’s an inspiring story, and he has shared all the details in his new book What I Know About Running Coffee Shops – it’s a great resource and highly recommended.

Direct download: 245_What_You_Need_to_Know_About_Running_Coffee_Shops.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:08pm AEST

Feeling frustrated that staff don’t appreciate the value of cost control and sales promotion? Maybe they think you’re just rolling in money – all those sales go straight to profit! Only when you’ve coached them about the real cost of running a business will they realise the importance of controlling expenses, suggestive selling and turning every customer into a repeat.

In this podcast Ken Burgin shows you simple ways to build the number skills of your managers, chefs, production and service staff. We use examples of labour costs, recipe costing and utilities, bringing them back to costs per hour or per customer to make the biggest impact. If you want staff to help you create an efficient and profitable business, start working on their understanding of cost and profit drivers – it pays off!

Direct download: 244_How_to_Train_Staff_to_Understand_Money_and_Cost_Control.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:44pm AEST

There’s something about the artisan origins of craft beer that attracts passionate support and loyalty. They’re small and independent, compared to the brewery giants, but they still need to run on sound business principles, with good distribution, great marketing and a strong point of difference.

Steve Jeffares is one of the pioneers of craft beer and ale houses in Australia, and he recently opened Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall, in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. He now has his own brewery, a large bar, and a terrific restaurant open 7 days a week. Ken Burgin talked with Steve about the range of beers offered, the food, the customers, and how they promote the business. We also discussed the huge growth of craft beer in Australia, and the importance of his Great Australian Beer Spectapular festivals.

Also mentioned in the interview: the annual list of Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers, the Handle Your Own PR website, and an interesting article on The Future of Business is Giants Pretending to Be Small.

Direct download: 243_Growing_a_Successful_Craft_Beer_Business.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

Do some of your staff have chronic financial problems? Modern life is expensive, but we’re talking now about constant money shortages, borrowing from family, debts with friends and overdue bills. Gambling temptation is everywhere we look – online, phone apps, sporting games, poker (slot) machines in pubs and clubs, and of course casinos. Chances are some of your staff need help.

Ken Burgin interviewed Gerard Byrne form the Salvation Army’s Addiction Help Services – they work with people whose lives are affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling. We talked about how to identify and talk to someone with a gambling problem, how to refer them for help, what treatment may involve and how to educate all your staff about the problem. If you need help, or know someone who does, contact the Salvation Army on the link above, or the Gambling Help Line.  https://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/

Direct download: 242_Helping_Staff_with_Gambling_Problem.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:31pm AEST

Overseas workers have become an essential part of the Australian hospitality workforce, just as they are all over the world. But that doesn’t stop immigration from being a political football, which means unpredictable changes in government policy that makes workforce planning difficult. In April 2017, changes were announced on who can work in Australia, and their rights to become a permanent resident.

To help us navigate these changes, Ken Burgin talked with Justin Browne of Edupi Hospitality Immigration Specialists. Justin has many years of experience in hospitality, and now with immigration. We discussed the type of workers who want to work in Australia, the skills they have and how to help them settle into a new culture. We also discussed the costs and paperwork involved, when extra training is needed, and options for people who want to work in a rural area.

Direct download: 241_Immigration_Update_for_Australian_Restaurants.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

Do you have good, up-to-date Job Descriptions for everyone working in your business? Sometimes they’re filed away where no-one can find them. Or describing business activities that are way out of date. A well-written Job Description can be a powerful guide and tool to help with recruitment, performance management, training and even termination.

 In this interview, Ken Burgin talks with Doug Kelsall, the Talent Division Manager of Benchmarque. He’s recently revised and updated the library of 24 Job Descriptions available for download at Profitable Hospitality, and we talked about what is included in well-written JDs for managers, line staff and trainees. We discussed essential duties and responsibilities, the importance of a purpose statement, accountability, knowledge, experience, qualifications and measuring performance.

Direct download: 240_How_to_Use_Job_Descriptions_for_Better_Performance_1.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:34am AEST