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Arc Inspirations creates key role as part of expansion strategy

Published:  09 July, 2018

Leeds-based multiple operator Arc Inspirations has created a HR and training business partner position as it gears up to expand further this year.

The company, which operates eighteen bars in the North of England, has appointed Natalie Newman to the newly created role.

In her new position, Newman’s focus will be on delivering schemes that enhance individual skills and career progression unique to each role, reporting directly to managing director Anni Opong.

Bringing “fantastic experience” with her, Newman would be a “major influence” in helping to grow the business with passionate people and build up its teams, said CEO Martin Wolstencroft.

“Ultimately, it’s all about giving customers the best service and ensuring everyone has the tools they need to progress in their job. Our strong team are the driving force behind the growth of the company and will continue to catapult the company to success,” he said.

Previous senior HR and training roles held by Newman include 15 years as operations and training consultant at McDonald’s and a four-year stint as head of training at Krispy Kreme.

The appointment comes as Arc, which claims a £25 million turnover, gears up to expand further this year as part of a £4.5 million investment made into new openings and refurbishments, said Wolstencroft.

Newman said: “Something that really attracted me to the company is its ability to capture great talent and nurture it, which is absolutely key to success and why I believe Arc Inspirations is so well known for what it does – providing excellent customer service and a fantastic culture. It’s an exciting prospect looking ahead to what Arc still has to come.”

Established in 1999, Arc Inspirations is grouped into four core brands: Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Manahatta, the Pit and its student suburban bars – Arc and The Box.