You don’t believe it when ‘dads’ talk to you about their kids when you don’t have any…..
The ‘change’ that happens over night, used to be a ‘whatever’ t0 me……
when they say it’s life changing, they ain’t kidding. For me, I have two sets of ‘boys’. Finn & Theo, my two gorgeous fellas, yet to break the ages of 5 & 17 weeks & two ruggedly handsome fella’s whom I decided some years ago buying a pub together was a really, really good idea. They are somewhat older. The elder of the two ‘older fellas’ has just become a daddy, to a very handsome young Mr Fletcher Rowlands, he’s going to be an amazing daddy, the senior Mr Rowlands, who is also the backbone of my company (but we never tell him that). The younger of the two ‘elders’ has just disappeared on a stag ‘weekend’ that will last a mere 6 days starting a Tuesday afternoon….. still ‘living the dream’ & keeping the two of us older one’s ‘young’ apparently….
But my family goes much beyond the beautiful woman I fell in love with the minute I saw her & my beautiful boys, it now amounts to a staggering 109 people, soon to be plenty more as we strive to return the bold (slightly ugly at first sight) Victoria to her former glory.
My family is my business & the people that make Yummy, are what make Yummy.
At this point the title of my blog must change to boys……… ‘& girls’ as for its the girls, or ‘ladies’ that run the majority of my businesses, that make my business tick, as if I needed to be told that!
So what are the ‘ladies’ doing? Well they’re doing pretty well. In May we posted a +22% life for like sale growth which included a fire to take out the Grove for an entire bank holiday weekend & in June, we smashed that to deliver 31% like for like sales growth in Yummy. The girls have done gooooooooooood.
Theo is, somewhat impressed…
It’s genuinely exciting to see my company grow like this, but i’ve never been one for numbers, you can ask all of my bosses that (& Anthony). Numbers don’t really excite me, I always hit them or over deliver them (normally by luck or by fortune), but what makes me tick is people. I Love seeing the development of my team, now truly ‘My People’. Ellie is literally smashing it. She’s over delivering in every sense, she ‘ain’t ‘no number’, which is the common thread in the 100+ CV’s I’ve read this week…. I don’t want to just be a number in a big pub co, I want to be part of something….
Anand is on fire, Cosy is in safe hands…
Lucy C, she needs no introduction, the Grove has never been in safer hands…
..the other two are on holiday & restatement to their quality, their teams are acting as if they have never left….
Toby is back with a coffee snobbery I love. Stu is back, unexpected & simply amazing. Matt is back (in a bit) with fire in his belly. Jess is back (in a bit) with a stunning golden tan. My kitchen team at the mill is the same team we had in 2009 + plus one, which is simply staggering. Jen is back. Anoushka has been back a while, but we’ve really not spoken about it since she showed up at work one day dressed like this….it was ‘awkward’
The sad news is that Ally is going. This Sunday will be it, no doubt he will have an amazing 12 months abroad, then be’ll back again, more rounded, experienced, ready for a new challenge., but there is no real reason to go, Canada is cold, white, boring, he might as well stay & look at a white board for 3 hours a day, but there’s no telling him! I can’t thank him enough for his return stints, I love him to pieces, always will. He has made me so proud of what Yummy can do when an individual is determined to meet us half way, the boy done good. Still ginger, but he was born that way, ginger is good.
Jeff is off. He’s a talent, one of which I can’t keep right now, but I hope he’ll come back, one day. He needs to experience a different business right now, & I’ll fix that, rest assured.
So my people. I’ve got a few new faces joining Yummy – Danny is going to drive the Vic for me, with the able hands of Laurence. Steve is going to show age means nothing for dreamers & Roxy, well Roxy is going to show everyone, anything is possible. She’s not new, but she’s going to prove if you’re passionate about something, anything is possible.
As for me?
I’ve stayed up too late again. Theo will not be happy as I fall asleep for the night feed, but am I happy? Have I made the right choice in risking everything, a punt, a belief in myself we can create a business to be proud of, shortchanging my family right now for the opportunities of the future?
Yummy is getting stronger, we are making waves. We, the three old gits are empowering our people to make a difference, excel & prove – pub business is good business.
I bloody love it.