Apprentices at Signature Living for National Apprentice Week

Signature Living has fast become one of the leading accommodation providers in Liverpool. With four hotels already dominating the tourism scene and more iconic buildings being brought back to life in the coming months, as well as some of the best events in the city taking place under our roofs, it’s one of the most exciting business to work for in the city and beyond as we extend our reach. In previous years, we’ve also helped nurture some of the best young talent in the city with Signature Living apprentices and provided jobs for more than 650 people.

Our apprenticeship programme attracted some of the best young candidates in the city to be coached and nurtured to become the best in their field and to prepare them for their future careers.

From marketing positions to sales, hospitality to construction, there were plenty of opportunities for young people of Liverpool to get a glimpse into the accommodation providers that revolutionised the city.

We take a look back on some of the Signature Living apprentices that went on to be employed full time at once their apprenticeship ended.

Social Media and Marketing Apprenticeships

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Signature Living has outstanding support on social media with more than one million followers across our channels. These platforms play an important role in how we speak to our guests and how we make sure everyone stays up to date with all our exciting developments.

Our social media team has grown massively over the past few months and one member of the team started their career here as an apprentice. She’s now a valued, permanent social media assistant and she helps Signature Living keep on top of all our fantastic hotel’s Facebook pages and Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Graphic Design Apprenticeships at Signature Living

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As well as social media being an integral part of our business, the graphics, designs and logos help us to communicate with our guests in creative ways.

An image is worth a thousand words and our designers work tirelessly to create the best pictures to appear on your news feed and on any leaflets. Our graphic design apprentice joined us more than a year ago and he’s now an important part of our design team and is a full-time employee of the marketing team.

Apprenticeships in Accounting

Like all big businesses, we need our admin positions to be filled by people with a keen eye for detail and the ability to make sure everything is running smoothly. Liverpool has some great talent in the city and we’re very lucky to have welcomed a bright talent into our accounts team recently.

We’ve had many apprentices come through our doors in the past few years, but only a few manage to gain permanent positions with us. Our accountant apprentice was more than impressive, so we kept her on so she could continue to contribute to the smooth running of Signature Living.

Supporting Our Apprentices

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While our apprenticeship programme is no longer available, we continue to nurture young minds and talent by offering equal opportunity to people of all ages. We have a responsible support network of upper management and ongoing training in all areas to make sure everyone who joins the Signature family is fully trained and constantly improving

Jobs at Signature Living are some of the most coveted positions in Liverpool and with an amazing product like the accommodation we provide, it’s easy to see why. All our staff are proud to promote the service we provide and the superb hotels, bars, restaurants and city centre spa that welcomes hundreds of people every week.

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The Exchange Hotel is Hiring New Front of House Staff in Cardiff

The Exchange Hotel was opened last year to rave reviews thanks to the incredible transformation from crumbling eyesore to a stunning luxury hotel in the heart of Cardiff Bay. As we progress in our plans to make The Exchange Hotel the best hotel in Cardiff, we plan to fully open our in-house restaurant: Culley’s. To continue to deliver the high standard of customer service our guests have come to expect, we need the best front of house staff in Cardiff to join us.

Front of house staff are an integral part of our guest’s and diner’s experience. From serving drinks to dishing out food, bar and waiting on staff can make or break an evening out. At Signature Living, we pride ourselves on delivering outstanding customer service and building relationships with everyone who walks through the door. Could you help us to enhance the people of Cardiff’s experience with us?

Recruitment Days in Cardiff

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To help us find the next hospitality stars, we’re hosting two very special recruitment days to find front of house staff in Cardiff who will be a perfect fit for The Exchange Hotel.

Previous recruitment days have proved wildly popular, offering a new way to interview people for a job – no more stuffy interviews and nervous handshakes. Our recruitment days are designed to bring out the very best in those who want to work for us, with games and exercises to help show off the skills we know you have.

From teamwork to thinking on your feet, we put your front of house skills to the test to find those who will fit in well with The Exchange Hotel environment.

What We Look for in Front of House Staff in Cardiff

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Where hotels stop, we start. We pride ourselves on a fun environment with a luxury edge, providing the best of both worlds to everyone who steps through our doors. An air of grace but easily accessible to everyone and our staff are paramount in delivering this experience.

Personality goes a long way at all of our Signature Living ventures, our people shine above all else and a dynamic edge really compliments our style. While personality is an important factor, a cool head in a fast-paced environment is essential and you need to be prepared for anything in an industry like no other.

Undertaking new challenges is an occurrence every day and we encourage and support our staff to step outside their comfort zones and push themselves to be the best they can be. Front of House staff in Cardiff should be prepared to face this challenge head-on in an exciting and diverse role.

The History of Culley’s

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When The Exchange Hotel was the central hub of the world’s coal industry, the building was so busy with traders that a dining service was needed for those that worked long hours. R.P Culley took on the task and held the catering contract for most of the Coal Exchange’s active years.

Richard P. Culley was a local philanthropist who held great esteem in the city, gracing the pages of the local paper for his habit of wining and dining the money men of the day. His restaurant within the Coal Exchange was in line with his philosophy of enjoying the finer things in life, artistically decorated and with an air of fine dining.

He had a team of 60 highly skilled individuals who proved the very best in customer service, something we aim to continue in our restaurant that pays homage to a man highly revered in Cardiff.

Get in Touch to Sign up for our Front of House Recruitment Days

If you’re looking for a new adventure in 2018, why not dip your toe into the world of hospitality to discover an exciting and fast-paced career.

Our recruitment days will be taking place on 21st and 22nd February at The Exchange Hotel and we’ll be looking for the very best bar staff and waiting on staff for part-time roles.

Email our head of recruitment louise.riley@signatureliving.co.uk to register your interest and come and join us as some of the best front of house staff in Cardiff.

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Signature Living Submits Plans for Our First Manchester Hotel

Signature Living is expanding quickly, with hotels already in development in some of the most exciting towns in the UK, and now we’re turning our attention to one of the North’s most influential cities to create our first Manchester hotel.

The Plans for Our Manchester Hotel

In partnership with fellow Liverpool-based property developer Iliad Group, we have just submitted the planning application to turn the former Commercial Hotel in Castlefield into a 39 room development.

The buildings, 123-125 Liverpool Road, are both grade II listed buildings and we plan to continue our ethos of transforming protected buildings into luxury hotels and developments that people of the city can enjoy.

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Our Manchester hotel will be no different. Although the proposed plans request to demolish some features, these features are not part of the original building. The protected building will be carefully and sensitively restored to make the Manchester hotel a beacon for tourism in the area.

Developing in Manchester

Creating a Manchester hotel has always been a dream of Signature Living’s, as an important city in the north and a hub of tourist activity, it was only logical that we’d eventually bring our unique flair to the city.

Castlefield, in the south-west of the city centre, is the industrial heart of Manchester that has been transformed into a trendy and attractive area.

Being close to Deansgate and within easy reach of all the shopping and nightlife on offer, it makes the perfect location for our very first Manchester Hotel.

Residential Accommodation in Manchester

Earlier this year, we also submitted plans for our first residential development outside of Liverpool, at Victoria Mill in the thriving Miles Platting area.

Featuring one and two-bed apartments with the signature touch throughout, with residents benefitting from a 24-hour concierge service and with great transport links to the city centre.

Experts in Restoring Listed Buildings

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This isn’t the first time we’ve taken on the task of restoring a listed building to its former glory. 30 James Street in Liverpool, the former home of White Star Line’s headquarters, was a shadow of its former self and now stand proud once again as one of the most beautiful buildings on Liverpool’s waterfront.

We also took on the mammoth task of transforming The Coal Exchange in Cardiff, the building was in a desperate state after being left to rot. It is now the premier destination for a luxury stay in the city after Signature Living lovingly restored it into The Exchange Hotel.

Manchester Hotel Job Opportunities

The plans are still in the early stages of development, but we pride ourselves on the people that help to make our guest’s experience truly unforgettable.

The Manchester hotel will create plenty of jobs in Manchester. With an internal construction team, service staff, waiting on staff, bartenders and porters all paramount to the successful running.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on our exciting Manchester hotel development and be the first to know when we begin our search for Signature stars to help us make our new hotel as successful as the last.

Signature Living Staff Benefits to Make you Swoon

Signature Living employs over 700 people across the city, with hard-working and dedicated staff situated in all sectors – from construction to hospitality to sales to marketing. With so many amazing staff under our wing, we want to make sure they’re getting the best Signature Living staff benefits

We’ve teamed up with some of the most well-loved places in the city to ensure our busy bees are getting perks that no other company in the city can offer.

Signature Living Staff Benefits at Our Venues

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What’s the point in working for the best hospitality developer in the North West if you can’t enjoy discounts on some of the incredible things they’ve got on offer?

Staff at Signature Living enjoy an extremely generous 35% off food and drink at our eateries. That includes our in-hotel restaurants The Bastion, Carpathia and Mulholland’s as well as the standalone ventures Bar Signature and Alma de Cuba.

Let’s face it, we’re famous for our hotels. They are stunning, luxurious and a destination within themselves. Signature Living staff benefits offer a whopping 20% off hotel stays!

Indulge at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic, take in the football at The Shankly Hotel, get lost down the yellow brick road at Arthouse, see the original at Signature Hotel or come see what we’re famous for at our large group apartments.

After Work Drinks with Signature Living Staff Benefits

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Working for Signature Living means always having a reason to celebrate. There’s no excuse not to indulge in Thirsty Thursdays, Wine Wednesdays and Feel Good Fridays.

We’ve managed to get our employees exclusive discounts at some of Liverpool’s best bars and venues.

Whether you’re looking for something relaxed at O’Neill’s, something quirky at Ink or something sophisticated at The Clubhouse, your Signature Works Privilege Card will get you amazing discounts throughout the week.

There’s also great member benefits at Revolution, Walkabout, Aloha, Constellations, Kingdom, All Bar One, Gin n’ Juice, Circo and many more!

Food For Every Occasion

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Liverpool’s thriving dining scene is unrivalled, boasting some of the best eateries the country has to offer.

We’ve got discounts on food from all over the world and all over the city. Looking for the best fried chicken in Liverpool? Head to Patterson’s for exclusive Signature Living staff benefits. Maybe sushi and noodles are more your thing? We’ve got you covered at Sapporo Teppanyaki with 20% off their a la carte menu midweek. We’ve even hooked up with Free State Kitchen to give you 10% off the food menu.

Wherever you choose to eat, we’ve made sure you’re always getting the best choice of places to eat in Liverpool. Choose from Sugar Hut, Chaophraya, Alma de Cuba, Cau, Gusto, il forno and loads more.

Bits and Bobs for Signature Living Staff Discounts

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It’s not all about food and drink at Signature Living. Liverpool is famous for its things to do and see.

Breakout Liverpool is the premier puzzle solving team bonding experience in Liverpool and Signature Living staff benefits gets you 10% off any peak game during the week.

Head to Rebel Barbers on Bold Street for an exclusive discount on all cuts before heading to Wall to Wall for deals on stunning art.

There’s also the chance to get money off travel, with £50 off a booking over £500 with STA Travel and 15% off a same day, long return journey with Executive Travel Liverpool.

Join Us Today

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Like what you hear? That’s just a taste of all the Signature Living staff benefits, take a look at our full list of privileges in and around Liverpool. It pays to work for the best hospitality developer in Liverpool.

We’re always on the lookout for talented and dedicated staff to fill our venues and provide the best customer service. Our guests continually come back and recommend us and a big part of that is the incredible people who help keep the wheels turning.

Whether you’re a waiting on whizz, a marketing hero or a construction specialist, we’re looking to expand our team as our business grows.

Sound like something you can get on board with? Take a look at our vacancies page and begin your journey to joining the Signature family today!

Front-End Developer

 

Signature Living are looking for a talented Front-End Developer to join our fast-growing team in Liverpool.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to further their career in web development and to be a part of an innovative and highly creative team to deliver the complete digital package. You will be working on a range of new and existing projects for desktop, tablet and mobile and will be involved through the full design process from idea conception, production, testing and delivery.

You must be passionate about the latest technologies, coding standards and best practice with the ability to identify problems and create a strategy to solve them. The ability to work under pressure and to a deadline is essential.

 

You must have the following experience:

  • HTML5
  • Bootstrap
  • CSS Pre-Processors (Sass, Less, Stylus, etc)
  • Jquery
  • Javascript
  • Good code review ethos and practice
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to develop WordPress themes from a PSD file
  • Migration of WordPress sites and basic server management
  • Developing fully responsive layouts across multiple devices
  • A focus on creating optimised and performant sites

 

Advantageous to have:

  • PHP / MySQL
  • Knowledge or interest in UX design principles
  • GIT
  • Experience with good DevOp practices
  • An understanding and experience of Agile development
  • Aweber/Mailchimp/Campaign Monitor experience
  • Mobile app development
  • Advanced JS Frameworks (Angular)
  • Ionic Framework experience
  • Experience working in a commercial environment

 

Personal attributes and qualities:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage multiple workloads
  • Efficient and committed to solving problems
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Excellent communication skills

 

Signature Group Searches for Contractor Workforce in Belfast

Signature Group’s growth and investment in Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast is reaching a milestone this month as the search begins for building contractors.

The expansion to Belfast was a natural move after the unprecedented success of Signature Group in Liverpool and the recent conversion of The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff. With Crumlin Road Courthouse and The Scottish Mutual Building already in development, and several other landmark buildings in discussion, Signature’s dedication to Northern Ireland is being firmly cemented.

As buildings that have suffered from neglect and are currently in a state of disrepair, major work and renovations are needed to bring them up to the standard that Signature Group is known for. To help us with the task, we’re searching for building contractors to assist in transforming these buildings back to their former glory.

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Signature Group is committed to working with local people to sensitively and sympathetically restore these iconic buildings, as well as the future developments which are to be announced soon. Effectively executing this renovation requires contractors from across the building sector, including electrical and plumbing contractors, kitchen and bathroom suppliers, construction workers, specialist hotel technology providers and fit-out companies.

To introduce potential contractors to Signature Group, who we are as a company and similar projects, we’re hosting a unique, informal meet and greet at Belfast City Hall. The event is taking place on Thursday 29th June between 2 pm and 5 pm and local contractors are invited to come along and share their portfolios and experience.

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Lawrence Kenwright, founder and chairman of Signature Group, has always had an interest in the historical city. He has been keen to leave the Signature mark on Belfast for some time and believes the people and workforce of the city are a big part of what makes it so amazing.

He said: “One of the greatest draws to Northern Ireland for me was the outstanding calibre of its workforce and talent across so many industries.

“I firmly believe that Signature Living can benefit from the best of local talent in developing up to five new hotels here and am committed to working with local construction industry contractors and suppliers wherever possible.”

The Future of Signature Belfast

The purchase of Crumlin Road Courthouse was confirmed in March of this year. Despite extensive damage in the 20 years since its closure, the courthouse has a bright future for the first time in a long time. Signature Group is committed to investing £25 million to ensure the Grade B+ listed building gets the attention it deserves to become the benchmark for the hotel industry in Belfast.

The Scottish Mutual Building, located on Donegall Square South and Bedford Street, is the latest confirmed purchase and has been announced as the site for the much-anticipated George Best themed hotel. Basing the transformation on the highly popular Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, the hotel will be a fitting tribute to the Northern Irish legend.

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Both sites, and the sites to be confirmed, will feature Signature Group’s trademark luxury décor and high-quality furnishings and fittings.

Sympathetic Restorations

Signature Group has a talent for taking iconic and historically significant buildings and returning them to their former glory. With the unparalleled success of 30 James Street, the former headquarters of the White Star Line Shipping Company and the home of the Titanic, and The Exchange Hotel (formerly Cardiff Coal Exchange), we know a thing or two about maintaining listed buildings’ DNA and intertwining history and modernity.

Both 30 James Street and The Exchange Hotel were desperately damaged before Signature Group took them on board. They’re now the most luxurious and beautiful buildings in their respective cities and guests have marvelled at their magnificent transformations.

If you’re a contractor looking to get involved in Belfast’s most exciting new hotel developments, come along to the Meet Signature Living event on Thursday 29th June to find out more about the exciting plans and how you can get involved.

All attendees are required to register their interest by midday on Monday 26th June, email info@lanyoncommunications.com or call 028 9018 3242 to be a part of Belfast’s next big thing.