Cheers’ Dennis reaches final of development award

Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth in the new conservatory lounge area.
Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth in the new conservatory lounge area.

Cheers Cafe, Bar and Tavern owner Dennis Forsyth has reached the final of the British Institute of Innkeeping’s Jeremy Allen Award.

The award, which was created last year in memory of the founding partner of Poppleston Allen, will go home with its winner after the BII’s annual luncheon at Grosvenor House Hotel on May 13.

Recognising excellence in training and staff development, Mr Forsyth is joined in the final by Michael Davies of Barnsley Taverns and Sarah Halpin of Castle Rock Brewery.

Commenting on the nomination, Dennis said: “The team and I were overwhelmed to make it to BII’s Jeremy Allen Award for exceptional staff development and training.

“We invest a considerable amount on ensuring the staff have the knowledge and expertise to cope with the rigorous demands that our award-winning establishment expects of them. I’m delighted that the staff always meet this challenge and show great enthusiasm for our staff training programme.

“Our four modern apprentices are doing very well and we expect to have two of our senior staff become professional members of the BII soon.

“We have recently developed a branded e-learning console with top UK training provider CPL Training Ltd that allows the team to access up to 20 different training courses online.”

“This is one of many initiatives we have in place as well as trips to the Tennent’s Training Academy in Glasgow for hands-on, practical experience of bar-keeping skills with industry experts.

“As well as all this we regularly have visits from top mixologists for cocktail master classes. This improves the knowledge of our team and helps them to promote our extensive range of spirits which currently stands at around 550 different kinds.”