Next in our series of profiles on the winners of the Class Bar Awards 2023, is our Bar Employer of the Year. 

An award launched last year, after the pandemic exposed the way – and way not – to look after bar staff, Bar Employer of the Year was won by Speakeasy Entertainment this year.

Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson’s group, which employs 50-plus staff at Swift’s three venues, Nightjar’s two sites and Oriole (in pop-up form this year) are well looked after.

With development plans for every employee in the business, four-day weeks, away days and staff feedback surveys, the conditions are in place for employees to build careers with the group – the average stay is four years.

Finalists: Kiki Lounge, Douglas; Junkyard Golf Club, nationwide; Lab 22, Cardiff