Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards

Vote for Us in the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards 2018

Designed to celebrate the stars of Liverpool’s buzzing food and drink scene, the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards are back and we’re very honoured to be nominated!

This year, proprietors of Signature Living Lawrence and Katie Kenwright are up for the Outstanding Contribution to Liverpool’s Food and Drink Scene 2018, an amazing accolade to their dedication to Liverpool’s culinary scene.

The award ceremony gives the public a chance to have their say on their favourite bars, restaurants and influencers, so, it’s time to start voting!

The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards 2018

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards

Hosted at a glitzy ceremony in Silk Road on 25th September, foodies can look forward to 11 categories, ranging from the best restaurant, to favourite bar or pub, best interior design, top hangout for families and best social media presence.

Our very own Lawrence and Katie Kenwright have been announced as one of the three nominees for the coveted Outstanding Contribution to Liverpool’s Food and Drink Scene. They are up against Director of Izakaya, Harry Marquart and Dockside Dining Club’s owner, Andrew Duckworth.

The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards have quickly become one of the most anticipated nights of the year for those working in the local hospitality industry and this year is no different.

Isabella Kantor, Festival Manager at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, said: “The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards, now in their 11th consecutive year, have long been considered a highlight on the events calendar for those involved in the city’s food and drink sector.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in food and drink to take the opportunity to cast their votes over the coming weeks. Good luck to all of the nominees and we are looking forward to announcing the winners shortly.”

Other nominees include Crazy Pedro’s, NYL Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Neon Jamon, The Florist and Miller and Carter for Favourite Restaurant. In the best hangout for families, voters can choose from Picnic, Lobster Pot, American Pizza Slice, Fazenda and loads more!

The hotly anticipated ceremony will follow on from Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, which returns to Sefton Park on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. Famous for showcasing some of Liverpool’s best local restaurant, producers and street food in unique stalls and shops, the festival has become the go-to for food and drink lovers.

This year, the festival will be welcoming two Michelin-starred chef, Raymond Blanc OBE for some live demos, live music, family entertainment and dedicated areas for craft beer, gins, wines and speciality coffees.

Cast Your Vote

At Signature Living, we are extremely passionate about food and drink. Starting from just four apartments on Victoria Street, Signature Living has grown into a fabulous hospitality business, offering a huge number of unique and popular bars and restaurants across the city. From the unique Latin American inspired Alma de Cuba, to the traditional Bastion Bar and Restaurant set in the luxurious Shankly Hotel and the opulent Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant on the rooftop of 30 James Street, we offer the city a bit of everything.

So, what are you waiting for? Get voting for your favourites and give something back to the people behind the delicious food you enjoy! Click here.

Voting for the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards is open until 21st September.

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Life After Kingsway House – Derek and Brian’s Story

In the winter of 2017, as Liverpool was facing a peak in the number of homeless and vulnerable people living on its streets, Signature Living opened a unique homeless shelter, Kingsway House.

It all started after Chairman of the company, Lawrence Kenwright, purchased Kingsway House earlier in the year and came face to face with the homeless crisis on a new and personal level. People had been using the building for shelter and warmth, the reality of the issue really hit home with Lawrence and he couldn’t turn them away.

With freezing temperatures and countless people in doorways, Lawrence Kenwright decided to make a change and open Kingsway House to everyone who needed help. During this time, he was approached by David O’Keefe, a self-confessed hippy stuck in a dead-end job, with enthusiasm he dreamed of putting into the city.

Together, David and Lawrence opened the doors to the vulnerable people of Liverpool and soon the residents of the shelter became a close-knit family. Two of these vulnerable residents have since become employed by Signature Living and now are the proud owners of a business.

Both Brian and Derek came to Kingsway House seeking shelter, warmth and a family. They found everything they needed, but sadly when the harshest months of winter were over, the shelter was forced to close after facing pressure from the council.

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Derek and Brian

Before Kingsway, Brian lived in a doorway on Old Hall Street, which was how he became known as Mr Old Hall Street. Always seen with his signature top hat and a friendly smile for every passer-by, Brian is famous in Liverpool. Derek is originally from Ireland, he travelled to Liverpool looking for work but after he broke his leg, he found himself vulnerable and in need of help. He heard about Kingsway House, met Brian and the rest is history.

The pair have now embarked on a new and exciting journey as entrepreneurs, so we sat down with them to discover what happened after the shelter closed and what life is like for them after Kingsway House.

 

Where did it all start with Signature?

Brian – I was living on the streets and was friends with David (O’Keefe). As the winter was getting closer, we were looking for someone like Lawrence who had property that could possibly help the homeless. We found Lawrence. He offered to let vulnerable people like us stay at Kingsway House, a building he had just bought.

Before we met him, we had never heard of Signature Living. But I’m so grateful to him. He’s such a great guy, I’m so glad we found him.

Derek – I was familiar with the hotels yeah. When I first came to Kingsway, it was a new experience for me you know. My aim was to help out as best I could and hopefully get a full-time job at the end and a place to live. And you know, it’s worked out well in the end.

 

What did you get from Kingsway that you didn’t get from similar shelters?

Brian – I’ve never actually been in other shelters, but I’ve heard stories about them. Kingsway House gave me hope and gave me confidence. It brought the real person out in me. I got love and respect from everyone at Kingsway, we were a family. And Lawrence knows everyone by name, he’s just a fantastic man, he made you feel part of it all.

Derek – When I came to Kingsway House, I was so happy with how different it was. Usually, at other shelters you have to do an assessment. They assess you, ask you lots of questions and decide whether you’ll be let in.

They might offer you a hostel from it, but not always. I was actually in another shelter a year ago because I had broken my leg playing football and needed help. When I first got there, I was assessed, and they told me I had to go back to Ireland. They even gave me a ticket. They said it was because had no connections in Liverpool and so they couldn’t house me.

But the difference with Kingsway was that they accept anyone in and there’s more fun in the hostel. They have music playing, there’s dancing, everyone gets on well as a family. I know there’s a lot of arguments as well but, you know, that’s family life!

You also got free meals three times a day, clothing donations and warm beds. Signature really made a difference and were fantastic in helping the homeless.

 

What happened after the shelter closed?

Derek – When the shelter closed a lot of people were disappointed because they made it their home. But, Signature did everything they could, they were obviously under pressure from the council and in the end, they had to close it.

Brian – It was sad to see. A few of the people have gone back to living on the street. When they first came into the shelter, they were ill and unhealthy, but when they came out they looked so good! I think some of them have gone back to their old ways now because there’s nowhere else for them to go.

Derek – But Signature did more than good for everyone, they really helped all the homeless people. They got them hostels, they gave around 15 of them jobs, they gave them every bit of support. They were fantastic.

Brian – Yeah, they gave them love.

 

And of course, you two are now entrepreneurs! What’s the best thing about owning your own business?

Brian – It’s fantastic, you know, because I get to tell him (Derek) what to do!

Derek – No you don’t!

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Derek – No, of course it’s a proud moment and something that we never thought would happen. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. It’ all thanks to Lawrence Kenwright and Sue Wright, they gave us the opportunity to get on our feet and really do well for ourselves.

So, we now run the car park and a cleaning business next to Kingsway House. We’re not going to become millionaires but we’re doing well!

As business owners we have been able to give a few more of the homeless people jobs and help out our friends who are in need. It’s been amazing and such a great opportunity for both of us.

Brian – It’s the best car park in Liverpool and the happiest!

Derek – And the cheapest! The car park is full every day by 8.30am, Monday to Friday and still does well on the weekend. From the money we made, we bought a jet wash machine, a proper petrol one so we can jet wash any cars that need it whilst they’re in the car park. All of our customers are more than happy with our work!

It sounds like an easy job, but it’s challenging. You need to be very organised. I know every customer that comes in, make sure I keep spots for staff and always treat the customers well every time.

Brian – He’s great at the business side and dealing with the customers. . . *singing* “He’s got personality, personality, personality.”

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Brian and Lawrence Kenwright

 

What does your typical day look like?

Brian – Oh I just look forward to getting up every day now, being out with the people and having a laugh. I love making people smile. I’m just over the moon, I’m so happy. I’ve never been so happy in all my life.

Derek – I feel like I have my life back on track now, I wake up every morning and I’m glad for the routine. I appreciate what I have, I just hope I never find myself in the situation I was in ever again. I look forward now and not back. I just hope to keep on building what I have.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Liverpool?

Brian – The people. The people are fantastic, unbelievable. They saved my life when I lived in the doorway every day.

Derek – Definitely the people. The amount of generosity that was shown, the amount of food, clothes and bedding that was brought to the shelter was amazing. I find them similar to the Irish people, they’re outgoing, easy going, living to help others and that’s what Liverpool is all about and that’s the reputation they have.

Brian – Yeah, they talk to the homeless, they don’t ignore them. Everyone needs that little helping hand to get them off the streets and it’s just nice when you’re seen as a human being.

 

We know you like to have a dance Brian, what songs make you smile?

Brian – It’s got to be Street Life hasn’t it. Street Life by Randy Crawford. *sings* “Street life, it’s the only life I know.”

But I like loads of different kinds of music. I like going to raves and I like a bit of the eighties stuff.

 

What inspired the way you dress?

Brian – It’s so I can get noticed, you know, to highlight the homeless. I get a lot of people stopping me and saying, why’ve you got that suit on and I’ll say it’s for the homeless. Basically, that’s why I started wearing my top hat first. I’ve had my hat for over 12 months now, people never used to notice me, but with my hat they see me. It’s become my trademark now.

Derek – I need to get a signature look I think. I did have a dell boy hat, but I left it in the pub last week!

 

If you could all have a super power for one day, what would it be?

Derek – That’s a hard one, but I think I’d love to be able to fly. You could get to any destination you wanted so quickly, quicker than an aeroplane and cheaper! You could see the world and explore new places, that would be amazing.

Brian – I would want to be able to spread love. Everywhere and to everyone.

 

What are the best things people can do in Liverpool to help the homeless?

Derek – Give them food and clothing.

Brian – And speak to them, say hello to them. It’s not about money. You sit there for hours and hours and not one person says hello to you. Giving them money is the worst thing to do.

Derek – Yeah, a lot of homeless people have problems, addictions, so giving them money won’t help. The best thing you can do is give them warm clothing, food, bedding and material things that will help them to live. And obviously help them to find access to a shelter or help to open a permanent shelter for vulnerable people.

Brian – Being homeless is very lonely, it’s a lonely and sad world. I just think the government should do more, they don’t do anything.

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Kingsway House

What are your hopes for the future?

Derek – I’d like to continue what I’m doing, continue working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come up. We’re on a contract with Signature now, so I just hope it carries on.

Brian – My hopes are to have my own place, just be able to have a shower and all that in peace. And, of course, I’ll always carry on helping the homeless.

Derek – Yeah Brian is so brilliant with the homeless, he goes out every Tuesday and Friday and gives sandwiches out to them. They all stop and say ‘Hi Brian’ – he looks after them, he’s an ambassador for the homeless if you ask me.

And yeah, of course I dream about having my own place too, maybe down the road or something.

Brian – Make sure it’s down the road from me!

Derek’s a good cook you know.

Derek – Yeah, I like to cook anything and everything. I just cook the basics really, but I enjoy it. Maybe one day I’ll be a chef!

 

Kingsway House saw lots of people take a new path in life, with somewhere to live and a better support system. The shelter also offered more people the chance to gain a better understanding of homelessness in Liverpool.

At Signature Living, we are proud to help the vulnerable people of our city and do all we can to make Liverpool a safer and better place for the homeless. Brian and Derek have changed their lives around, they now have jobs and have accommodation. Our shelter gave the people of Liverpool a spark to make a change and we’ll continue to do all we can to help. 

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5 Tips for Securing Your Dream Graduate Job

From networking, to gaining valuable experience and realising your strengths, there are so many things you can do to get one step closer to securing your dream graduate job.

At Signature Living careers, we wanted to give you a helping hand with these 5 handy tips.

Happy job hunting!

Choose a career path and focus everything on it

It’s a well-known fact that employers don’t like vague applications. Pick something that best suites your interests, experience, skills and passion. If you can demonstrate these things when applying for a job within that sector, you’ll always do better than if you try and cover all bases.

Attend relevant networking events and careers fairs

Having a good set of networks is really beneficial when searching for a graduate job. Make an effort to join professional groups and familiarise yourself with professionals who you respect for their work and behaviour. Whether that’s at a networking event or a careers fair, it’s the perfect way to get your foot in the door.

Signature Works is all about bringing people together in an environment that engenders collaboration, networking and skill-sharing. They regularly hold informative and innovative networking events that are sure to help you meet new people, learn new skills and boost your employability.

Gain experience in your field, paid or voluntary

Remember, your first job probably won’t be your job for life, everything is a stepping stone. Therefore, if you can build your experience and offer more to your first employer, it will put you in a much better position when it comes to progressing in the world of work.

Whether it’s paid or voluntary work, showing enthusiasm for the sector you want to work in is vital to securing your first job. It will allow you to stand out from the crowd and remember it is not necessarily about the role you have done, but the transferable skills you have developed.

Don’t feel limited by your degree

You don’t have to be an English teacher just because you studied English! Lots of employers are looking for graduates from all disciplines and are mostly interested in the skills and abilities that graduates can bring to their organisation.

Don’t fall into the age-old trap of thinking you have to do a job that is directly related to your degree subject. Your degree has developed more than just your subject knowledge, so there may be opportunities out there which you are ideally suited to, you just haven’t realised it yet.

Harness the power of social media

In this day and age, social platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter can be used to find jobs and they are a great platform for showing more of your personality and interests to potential employers.

Research suggests 40% of employers use social media to screen candidates, so it’s important to keep your online profile clean. It can either be a friend or foe, so make sure you use it to your advantage. Employers have been known to check up on a candidate before inviting them for interview, so it’s important to ensure you keep all publicly accessible information employer-friendly.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 5 tips on how to secure your dream graduate job. If you’d like more information on current vacancies and opportunities at Signature Living, follow our Facebook page or upload your CV here and our friendly careers team may be in touch!

Today, Signature Living employ over 700 people, providing secure jobs across a wide range of sectors with no zero-hour contracts. We have revolutionised the accommodation market and hope to expand even further throughout the UK and abroad.

The Best Ways to Boost your Employability

In today’s competitive landscape of businesses and careers, there’s a tough fight for every vacancy. So, you need to know the best ways to boost your employability and get hired!

Everyone is looking for the best and most unique ways to ensure they stand out from the crowd and these handy tips are the perfect starting point to bagging your dream job.

Format Your CV Properly

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It might seem obvious, but having your CV formatted correctly is one of the most important and straight forward ways to boost your employability.

On average, employers only spend 5 – 7 seconds looking at your CV and that’s only if it passes through the resume scanning software that most companies and recruiters use these days.

So, if your portfolio doesn’t match certain specifications, there’s a chance it won’t even be seen by a human. That’s why you need to make sure the file you submit is properly filled, formatted and named. Get restructuring, reformatting and ready to see a lot more responses to your applications.

Get Some Relevant Work Experience

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Work experience of any kind can boost your employability, but obviously it’s best to target experience which relates to the field you’d like to get into.

It makes you stand out from the rest, shows commitment to that profession and demonstrates that you know something of the area/role in which you are seeking work.

Whether it’s voluntary or paid work, work experience will develop your skills and knowledge, whilst either giving back to the community or improving your income.

Increase Your Productivity

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If there’s one single thing that can help you to boost your career prospects the most, it’s increasing your productivity and eliminating procrastination.

Procrastination won’t just negatively affect your job performance, but if you’re looking for a career or job change, it will stop you being as focused and on the ball as you need to.

Boost your employability by taking on some freelance work, achieving more in your current job or completing a course.

Improve Your Online Presence

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Since many employers these days use social media platforms to find the right candidates, you should make every effort to get noticed on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

LinkedIn is the perfect place to reach out to potential employers, get noticed and really enhance your CV with endorsements, blogs and by sharing your views on relevant issues.

If you can show your personality and uniqueness in a positive way online, this will definitely stand out to potential employers.

Attend a Signature Works Networking Event

It is obvious that in today’s digital world, information is being shared through websites that cater to social causes and needs.

Having a good set of networks is critical to enhance your professional development.  Make an effort to join professional groups to familiarise yourself with professionals who you respect for their work and behaviour.

Signature Works is all about bringing people together in an environment that engenders collaboration, networking and skill-sharing. They regularly hold informative and innovative networking events that are sure to help you meet new people, learn new skills and boost your employability.

Working For Signature Living

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Signature Living has transformed the quality of accommodation in Liverpool. What started off as a single apartment in Liverpool city centre has turned into a multi-award winning business which operates over 350 luxury rooms, from unique party suites to a plethora of large-scale heritage developments.

Created by husband and wife duo, Lawrence and Katie Kenwright, Signature Living has always taken a personal approach, ensuring the guest’s needs are placed above and beyond anything else.

After being tired of dull hotel rooms and shocked by expensive hidden charges, the Kenwright’s set out to create an aparthotel which provided guests with a luxurious home from home in fabulous city centre locations.

With a strong vision and a passion for providing excellent customer service, Signature Living was created.

Alongside our stunning hotels, we’re also known for Morgan’s Spa, exquisite restaurants Carpathia, The Bastion and Alma de Cuba, Signature Weddings and a collection of brand new hotels which are currently under construction.

We believe that the key to achieving the very best service is through our employees’ behaviour. Our team members make all the difference every day, through what they do and say in each and every interaction with our guests. To make that happen, they are empowered to ‘bend’ the rules and procedures if they feel a particular situation demands it.

We are not a hospitality company with great customer service. We are a great service company who happens to be in the hospitality business.

If you’d love to be a member of the Signature gang, check out our careers page and see if there’s a vacancy that’s perfect for you. 

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Reasons Why Liverpool is the Best Place to Work

Liverpool was recently voted as one of the best cities in the UK for work-life balance, due to its buzzing atmosphere, optimistic outlook and friendly people. However, these are just some of the reasons why our city is the best place to work in the UK.

Probably most famous for being the home of the Beatles, Liverpool has also earned the title of European City of Culture and continues to grow as one of the most vibrant and rewarding city’s to live in.

If you’re considering relocating to Liverpool, or you are currently looking for jobs here, check out these reasons why this city is top of the list when it comes to the best place to work in the UK.

We Have a Dedicated Business Quarter

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That’s right, Liverpool may seem smaller than the likes of Manchester and Leeds but there are plenty of areas of the city that offer much more.

The business district is bursting with amazing companies, outstanding architecture and loads of swanky bars and restaurants to keep you occupied on your lunch break. With more and more big companies moving to the area, it’s one of the busiest and best places to work in the UK.

Amazing Co-Working Spaces

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If you’re more of a freelancer, Liverpool is the perfect place to work as there are loads of brilliant co-working spaces.

They are trendy, affordable and having that buzzing atmosphere that you need from a working hub. Some of the best are situated in the heart of the city centre of Liverpool, such as Signature Works. With amazing perks like free tea and coffee, gym membership, discounts to bars and restaurants plus loads more, our city has it all when it comes to networking.

The People of Liverpool are the Friendliest

No matter where you are in Liverpool, you’ll always find that the locals are friendly. Whether it’s a smile in the street, or making friends at your new work, this city is the perfect place to make a fresh start and meet new people.

Most people that come to Liverpool never leave!

Brilliant Transport Links

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The local transport in the Liverpool City Region prides itself on its accessibility, making travel around the area easy for all. As well as Liverpool Lime Street Station, the area is serviced by Merseyrail who provide brilliant transport links both by train and bus.

Merseyrail trains run frequently throughout the day across 66 stations in and around the Liverpool area, with 4 city centre underground stations. The city is also easily accessible by car.

Loads Of Great Places to Eat Lunch

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When it comes to lunch time in Liverpool, you’re really spoilt for choice.

No matter where you work in the city, you’re bound to find a mountain of cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, shops and fast food places to grab a bit to eat on your break.

Stunning and Affordable Places to Live

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From the bohemian Aigburth area, to Sefton, the Wirral, the Georgian Quarter and the city centre, Liverpool has a fantastic range of places to rent and buy that are all much more affordable that other cities in the UK.

Whether you like modern flats, Victorian houses or new developments, there are plenty to choose from.

Drinks After Work are a Must

There is a fantastic atmosphere in the city, especially on a Friday evening, when many companies finish early and head to the bar for a celebratory drink.

With so many bars, pubs and cocktail establishments to choose from, its easy to see why Liverpool is the perfect place for a work-life balance.

Liverpool is Beautiful!

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Featuring breathtaking landmarks such as the Three Graces, the Waterfront, Albert Dock, St George’s and gorgeous parks, who wouldn’t want to work in such a stunning city.

It’s Home to Some Amazing Companies

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The last and most important reason why Liverpool is the best place to work in is all of the amazing companies that are based here. From huge retail brands, to lawyers, banks and of course our very own Signature Living, Liverpool is the main base for thousands of huge business.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our reasons why Liverpool is the best place to work in the UK. If you’re looking for a job in our city, don’t forget to check our vacancies pages to see if you’d be right for Signature! 

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How to Become the Perfect Bartender

There are a whole host of skills you need to become the perfect bartender, from being an expert mixologist to getting your customer service spot on, it’s a job that is far from easy.

So, to give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a handy guide to the most important skills and attributes you need to become the perfect bartender.

This is one of those jobs in which your success depends on your personality just as much as your skill behind the bar.

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Know Your Drinks

Mixology skills are an essential quality of a great bartender. Bartenders should know off-hand how to make the most common drinks, but not be afraid to consult reference books as needed to make drinks that they are not familiar with. If you’re working in a bar that specialises in a certain drink, do your homework.

Good Customer Service Skills

The perfect bartender must possess outstanding customer service skills, the very nature of the job is to serve customers and make sure they have the best experience. You should have a personality that connects with customers and keeps them coming back to the bar.

Keep a Clean Bar

Nothing screams unprofessional or sloppiness like an untidy, dirty bar area. If you constantly clean your area, you’ll maintain a clean work space and improve customer experience. Turn bottles to face forward, wipe the bar-top and straighten the stools.

Have a Good Attitude

To be successful, you need to maintain a good attitude no matter how bad your day is going and treat every customer the same. Simple things like a smile, greeting the customer when they sit down and thanking them when they leave can make the biggest impressions.

Suggest Drinks

If you get a customer who isn’t sure what to drink, suggest something they may like. This is a great way of showing your experience and love for your work, increasing the chance of you getting a tip.

Maybe start by asking what their favourite spirit or type of tipple is and go from there.

Have an Excellent Memory

When you’re a bartender, you won’t be able to write down orders, you’ve got to remember everything! Having a good memory is a key skill to becoming the perfect bartender.

Good Money Handling Skills

Bartenders also act as cashiers and must be good handling money. They should be able to quickly make calculations and figure out change, so the serving process is fast and efficient.

Always be Professional

It is important for you to project a professional attitude and appearance. Customers will trust you and come back again if they had a great experience.

Keeping the conversations friendly, wearing clean clothes appropriate for the establishment, and maintaining a professional attitude will create an environment that patrons and management alike will appreciate.

Organisation and composure

A great bartender works quickly and efficiently. When serving multiple customers, speed is an important quality to have.

What we’re looking for . . .

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Working behind a bar is fast paced, exciting and hard to get exactly right, but if you follow those rules and do your homework it can be one of the most rewarding jobs around.

At Signature Living we’re looking some brand new bartenders to join our growing team.

We are in search of an extremely customer centric and outgoing personality. Our candidate is required to showcase a strong bar background, be prepared to embrace working in a fast-paced environment.

Our mission is to provide the very best customer service we possibly can.

Are you always ready for lights, camera, action? We need you!

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Requirements for Cocktail Bartender:

  • At least 1 year experience in similar role in a busy bar
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Excellent customer service
  • Presentable and well kept
  • Thrive on customer satisfaction

Signature Living is one of the top companies in Liverpool to work for, whether it’s surrounding bar tending or hospitality, we’re always in search of fresh new talent to join our team.

Signature Living is renowned for amazing venues such as Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

With many new and exciting developments in the pipeline, there’s something for everyone.

Once you’re clued up on everything we look for in the perfect applicant, head to our job vacancies page and start your journey with us today!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How To Get Noticed on LinkedIn

Recruiters are constantly scanning LinkedIn to find top candidates.

Having a below average profile, which is essentially your online resume, could mean you’re missing out on job opportunities.

If you maximise your LinkedIn profile you may not be looking for your next job, it could come and find you.

To help you get noticed on LinkedIn, we’ve put together a few helpful tips on how to stand out from the crowd.

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Fill Out the Summary Section

The summary section on LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your achievements and professional goals. In fact, recruiters consider it the most important section of your profile, according to LinkedIn.

Use it to talk about your experience, motivations, interests and skills.

Use a Good, Professional Photo

Profiles that include a clear photo are much more likely to be viewed than those without one.

According to LinkedIn, a profile with a photo is nine times more likely to receive connection requests and messages.

Add Your Location

Lots of recruiters screen by location, they want people who are close to the jobs. By adding your city or country, you will boost your chances of being seen.

Create a Strong Headline

You have 120 characters under your name on your profile to sell yourself. If you can, don’t just mention your job title but show how you solve a problem.

Always Include Your Educational Background

By adding your school, college or university, hiring managers and former classmates are more likely to find you in searches.

Profiles with completed education fields receive 17 times more messages from recruiters.

List the Industry You Work In

To come up in relevant searches, you need to list the type of industry you work in, or the one you’d like to start working in.

It also helps LinkedIn connect you with the right job listings, events and trending articles.

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List Your Current Position

Having an outdated profile can put recruiters off. They might think you haven’t updated your page, you aren’t active on the site and wouldn’t return their messages.

Updating your page is quick and easy to do, and it’s a great way to show your professional trajectory. Be sure to include your current title, company and start date.

Don’t Forget to List Your Skills

Employers are looking for people with skills, so listing as many as you can is a big help. According to LinkedIn, you should include five or more skills to showcase your different talents.

Endorse Some of Your Connections

If you endorse some of your connections, more often than not you will return the favour.

If your top skills start rising in endorsements your visibility will also start to improve.

Join a Networking Group

Joining relevant industry groups on LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your expertise. Recruiters will often search groups looking for strong candidates – show them you are one by proving thoughtful answers and comments.

Spelling and Grammar Check

Always check your writing for spelling and grammar errors, if a recruiter spots a mistake, they are more likely to move on to someone else.

Working for Signature Living

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Signature Living is one of the top companies in Liverpool to work for, whether it’s surrounding hospitality, events or even marketing.

We’re always in search of fresh new talent to join our team.

Signature Living is renowned for amazing venues such as Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

Whether it’s hospitality, marketing or construction, make sure you check out our current job vacancies in Liverpool to take the next step in your career.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Cover Letter Mistakes You Should Avoid

It’s the first thing your employer will see and the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent, and yet cover letter mistakes are very common.

An effective cover letter can prove that you write well, think clearly and possess the qualities you need to succeed in the job.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together some of the most common cover letter mistakes that you should always try to avoid when applying for a new job.

Starting with Your Name

‘My name is John Smith and I want this job because…’ – this is a big no in the job world.

You should write your cover letter as if it was a real letter, the sign off will tell them your name, plus it should be on the top of your resume anyway.

What you Should do:  Always start with a relevant qualification that sells your talents to your potential employer.

So, maybe you’re a recent graduate with a passion for computer programming, tell them. Or, perhaps you’re a marketing professional with over 5 years’ experience in the industry, introduce yourself that way and tell them how it relates to the job you’re applying for.

Lack of Attention to Detail

This is probably one of the most important cover letter mistakes you should avoid.

Submitting a letter with grammar and/or spelling errors is a sure way to get screened out straight away. It shows you don’t have attention to detail and have probably rushed the application process.

You should always check facts such as the employers name, the exact job title and if you refer to the company, make sure you spell it correctly.

What You Should Do: Always use the spelling and grammar checking tools on your computer to identify some of the mistakes, but never just rely on that. Check back through and read it out loud to yourself, to make sure it flows well.

Lastly, always get someone else to proof it for you before submitting your application, a fresh pair of eyes will always pick up on mistakes you’ve missed.

Rehashing Your Resume

Your cover letter should never contain exactly the same information as your resume. It’s the first thing your potential employer will see, therefore you need to really sell your best attributes in a short and concise way.

What you Should do: Focus on two or three examples of your previous work or experience. By giving a bigger picture about how you achieved the skills you have, it will help your employer to understand more about you and how you would fit in their team.

Too Short or too Long

There are sometimes exceptions to the rule, but in general, cover letters shouldn’t go over a page and should usually fill that page. Employers won’t have time to read pages and pages, so you need to make it easy for them to pick out the main attributes and skills you possess.

What You Should Do: Always keep a cover letter concise and wrap it up after around 3 paragraphs. Remember, you don’t need to tell them everything you’ve ever done, just the best snippets to convince them to invite you to an interview.

Highlighting Inexperience

It’s easy to feel vulnerable when applying for a job, especially if you feel that your skills don’t exactly match the specifications. However, starting off a cover letter by underselling yourself or drawing attention to the skills or knowledge you are lacking is never the way to go.

What You Should Do: Be confident and always emphasise the skills you do have, rather than highlighting things you don’t know. You need to impress your employer, not show them your weaknesses.

Sending a Generic Letter

One of the most common cover letter mistakes is to send a generic copy to a range of different job titles. Employers can tell a mile of if you’ve just written one letter and sent it to everyone.

What you Should Do: A good cover letter will be tailored to the specific job you are applying for. Carefully read the job specification and try to refer to most of the points and how your skills will help you to excel in that particular job.

Over Sharing or Over Explaining

There is some information that you don’t need to include in your cover letter. You never need to explain why you want to leave your current job, or why you were let go from a previous employer. There is also no need to include personal details, such as relationship or illness, the recruiter doesn’t need to know this information.

What you Should Do: Your potential employer is looking for details about what you can offer them and how you will fit into their company, so always explain this rather than looking back to the past. Always steer clear of negativity towards a previous employer or job.

Going off Brand

Think of your cover letter as your sales pitch to your future employer. It’s the introduction to your resume, so make sure your cover letter matches up with it in terms of font, design and colour palette. Probably more important for creative jobs, but doing this still shows potential bosses that you’re consistent and have a creative side.

What you Should Do: Make sure your cover letter and resume match up, in terms of design and presentation. It should have the same header as your resume, the same font and size, plus always check the contact information is consistent.

Not Providing Concrete Examples

Expressing empty opinions about your strengths will generally not convince employers about your suitability for the job. You need to back up your skills with clear examples from previous jobs or training.

What you Should Do: Back up your statements by referencing a job or role where you successfully employed that strength. For example, instead of simply stating ‘I possess strong writing skills and an outstanding work ethic.’  Use an example – ‘Strong writing skills enabled me to revise a proposal and secure £10,000 in additional funding from the Jones Foundation.’

Don’t Skip It

Last but not least, if your employer asks for a cover letter, or even if they don’t, never skip it. The only reason you shouldn’t provide a cover letter is if they explicably ask you not to provide one.

A cover letter doesn’t have to be complicated, but you must include one.

Working for Signature Living

Signature careers

Signature Living is one of the top companies in Liverpool to work for, whether it’s surrounding hospitality, events or even marketing.

We’re always in search of fresh new talent to join our team.

Signature Living is renowned for amazing venues such as Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

Whether it’s hospitality, marketing or construction, make sure you check out our current job vacancies in Liverpool to take the next step in your career.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Fun Festive Temp Jobs at Signature Living

At Signature Living we’re on the look out for some special festival helpers to assist us during this busy Christmas period.

With a number of festive temp jobs available across all of our sites in Liverpool, we are eager to find this year’s yuletide talent.

Are you looking for a fun, fast paced temporary job in some of the most spectacular venues in Liverpool?

If you love Christmas and the thought of jingle bells and Santa leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you could be just the person we’re looking for.

Our Festive Temp Jobs

We are always ridiculously busy during Christmas, with our Hotels, bars and venues getting fully booked up months in advance.

That’s why we really need some enthusiastic hard workers to help us out over this merry time.

As part of our hospitality team, you’ll be ready to dazzle our customers with an array of fantastic skills and a shining personality that leaves a lasting impression.

At Signature, our employees are renowned for having a real passion for the city and an emphasis on fun, we’re a great bunch to work for.

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We are looking to fill the roles of:

Bar Backs

As a bar back you will be expected to maintain a clean and tidy bar area, prep ingredients for cocktails, carry out stock rotation, check in deliveries and actively assist the bar tenders throughout the busy service.

Bar Tenders

We also need talented bar tenders who’s duty it will be to greet customers and make them feel welcome, provide a brilliant drinks service, handle cash, keep the bar area tidy and ensure they have a full knowledge of all items on the menu.

Waiting on staff

Waiting on staff are crucial to the smooth running of all of our busy venues. In this role you will be expected to greet customers and show them to their table, serve them food and drinks, tidy tables, deal with payments and above all maintain brilliant customer service throughout.

Runners

As a runner you will be expected to make sure every dish that leaves the kitchen is perfect, be polite, assist the waiting on staff with making sure the tables are tidy and provide an excellent service.

Hosts

Lastly, we are looking for talented hosts to ensure our guests are greeted and attended to. This role will involve meeting guests with a friendly, professional approach adopting the brand standards set, working alongside the team and management to deliver a high quality service, have a working knowledge of MS office and cash handling experience.

What We’re Looking For

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When looking for the perfect fit for our roles, our recruitment team will be looking for some particular skills, do you have them?

  • Work well under pressure in a busy environment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good time keeping
  • Professional and friendly personality
  • Smart & tidy appearance
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Must be able to work until 5am over the weekend
  • A great team worker
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to learn

The Benefits

All temporary staff are employed on a contract, at Signature we don’t have any zero hour contracts because we want to be able to provide people with guaranteed hours over the festive period.

These opportunities are a great chance to kick start a career in hospitality by gaining more experience in different areas such as waiting on, bar tendering and events.

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It’s the perfect time of year to really get stuck in and test yourself under pressure.

We work with you, so if you’re still in college, university or have other commitments, we will plan around your availability.

Plus, if you really impress us there’s a possibility of being employed permanently if we have any vacancies available.

Working For Signature

Signature Living is one of the top companies in Liverpool to work for, whether it’s surrounding hospitality, events or even marketing.

Since 2007, we’ve successfully revolutionised the accommodation market. And we’re renowned for our amazing restaurants, bars and customer service.

We’re the brains behind leading Liverpool venues including Signature Living apartments, The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street Hotel.

Our dynamic bars and restaurants include The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant and Vista.

So, if you’re ready to showcase what makes you perfect for Signature, we’d love to hear from you!

Signature Living Reveal Plans for Croxteth Hall Transformation That Gives Back to the Community

Signature Living have revealed ambitious plans to transform the historic Croxteth Hall into a luxury hotel and wedding venue, with a training centre and donations to the Croxteth community.

The plans are set to include a hospitality training centre in the hall for local people and an estimated £500,000 from the project will be given to the Croxteth community each year.

Liverpool Council have stated they can no longer afford the upkeep and running costs of this once magnificent Grade II* building and are therefore on the lookout for a new operator to take it on.

With a proven track record of transforming derelict and empty listed buildings into high-end luxury venues, Signature Living are excited about the prospect of boosting the Croxteth community.

Croxteth Hall transformation

Croxteth Hall

A Centre of Excellence

As well as the development plans, Lawrence Kenwright’s vision will see local people from the Croxteth area given the chance to train and learn skills within the hospitality sector.

A centre of excellence will be created with a vision of training future Signature Living employees, which will also help boost employment figures. Lawrence said:

“There are a lot of unemployed people in Croxteth, we have just taken on 30 people from there in the last six months and some of them are our best workers.

“This means people from Croxteth could work in our sites in Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast and all these great cities – they can move up the chain to be anything they want to be, anywhere they want to be.”

Signature Living pride themselves on looking after their workers and ensuring they get the best opportunities available.

Giving Back to the Community

The Signature Living boss has also promised that if his proposals are successful, 33% of its pre-tax profits would go directly to local people in the form of charitable donation.  This has been estimated to around £500,000 per year.

Lawrence has said:

“The idea would be to set up a charitable board of six people and unlike other grant funding for charities, this will be used for whatever we want to use it for and will be more about people – it will be a quick and easy process.”

Lawrence

Lawrence Kenwright

The Plans

Signature Living have proposed to transform Croxteth Hall into a luxurious hotel, spa and wedding venue.

Set to take just one year to complete, the plans include a unique Signature Living stamp with ‘glamping’ and ‘Hansel and Gretal treehouse’ rooms.

These ambitious plans are typical of Signature Living and Lawrence’s ambition to create a successful hotel and wedding venue outside of the city centre:

“You’ve got to have an edge – you can’t just open and say we are here – it’s got to be something that is different from everywhere else – but these are not things we can do without the say so of the council.”

Weddings are a huge part of the amazing new plans.

Croxteth is already a functioning wedding venue, however, currently they are few and far between. Lawrence sees the number of weddings per year increasing from 20 to 200.

He also stated that the addition of a luxury hotel will increase the appeal for wedding planners, as guests will have somewhere to stay afterwards.

Croxteth Hall transformation

Croxteth Hall

The Future of Croxteth

Signature Living are passionate about saving an asset like Croxteth Hall, redeveloping it for the better and opening it for the local community.

Currently, Croxteth Hall is open just 25% of the time and they charge £6 to get in, when it’s a hotel it will be open to everyone all the time.

“All the good stuff with the wood panelled walls, paintings and great views – that will all be open to the public – these places can’t be museums anymore as there isn’t the funding for them.”

Liverpool council have made it very clear that they will only hear bids that respect the listed status of the building and have a strong vision of maintaining the heritage of the site. They have also stated the importance of maintaining public access to the grounds.

Lawrence is also very passionate about this:

“It will be interesting to see if the others have the same understanding of listed buildings that we do – when it comes to taking listed buildings from semi-dereliction to hotels, I don’t know anyone that does what we do in the UK.”

The council is currently inviting developers to put their ideas forward and it is hoped a bid could be selected within three months.