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BEN DRAYNER

Branch Manager

My career in Hospitality began at the tender age of 18 whilst studying at University, shaking up cocktails at a well-known cocktail chain. Part of my degree was yearlong work placement, which took me to Dublin to the Gresham Hotel, a year full of long nights and early mornings somehow confirming my love for the hospitality industry.

I was fortunate enough to secure a graduate scheme straight out of university with Q Hotels, this role enabled me to learn the managerial side of the hospitality industry and take my career up a notch.

Through a twist of fate and a lot of hard work I found myself in Birmingham where I took over the role as Events Manager, later followed by Bars Manager. The hotel had a large event space, a pub and a stunning cocktail lounge and running these departments instilled my love for hospitality.

A few years and few grey hairs later I made the jump to the bright lights of the capital city, I found myself running a small wine and tapas bar in central London, thoroughly enjoying this job my mind began to wonder as I began to miss my weekends and late nights – what next, what can I do that will still involve my love for hospitality but offer me a fresh challenge.

This is where I stumbled upon Evolve Hospitality, I spent three years running and overseeing the Front of House Events temporary recruitment division, before moving back to Birmingham as Business Manager.

I am thoroughly looking forward to being the General Manager and overseeing the development and growth of the Enhance Brand across the midlands, Working with a niche market with specific requirements.

If I weren’t so great at my job, I’d probably be…
Professor Brian Cox’ understudy

How would you describe your job to a bunch of five-year-olds?
I make sure lots of people wake up and go to work in the correct clothes

My favourite word in the English language is…
Daddy

If you could acquire a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
The Ability to make my child sleep past 5am

Favourite food or dish to cook at home?
Hello Fresh Fragrant Chicken Curry (see me for discounted boxes)

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