Bar operator Arc Inspirations has partnered with Joe and Daniel Schofield for the launch of the ARCademy training school. 

As part of the agreement, Arc CEO Martin Wolstencroft will serve as a mentor to the brothers, drawing on his business-building experience to help to launch Schofield’s Bar, the pair’s new cocktail venue in Manchester. 

Arc Inspirations is a Leeds-based operator - with 17 venues across the north of England - whose brands include Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Box and Manahatta.

The Schofields boast a wealth of experience at world-renowned bars. Daniel Schofield has had stints at Coupette and 69 Colebrooke Row, while Joe Schofield’s CV includes The American Bar at the Savoy and Tippling Club in Singapore. He has also won individual awards such as International Bartender of The Year at Tales of the Cocktail and Bartenders’ Bartender at The World’s 50 Best Bars. 

Wolstencroft said: “This is a tremendous coup for us.  To have the opportunity to tap into Joe and Daniel’s experience, knowledge and craft at this time is a game-changer for our people. I have known them for a long time and am really pleased that we will have two of the best in the business helping us deliver the new ARCademy programme.

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“It’s a great collaboration for us and I’m really enjoying having the opportunity to mentor them and support them. Opening their own place is very brave and very exciting, and I am sure is going to be an amazing success and know they will quickly establish it as one of the best bars in the country.”

Mark Austin, Arc’s bar & atmosphere development manager, who will be working closely with the brothers, added: “It’s been a tough 12 months and it’s also been a while since our teams were doing what they love and this initiative will support them in getting ready, energised and at the very top of their game, as we prepare to welcome our guests back, give them exceptional experiences and to serve world class drinks.”    

Joe Schofield said: “Daniel and I are thrilled at the opportunity to be able to spend some time with the team at Arc Inspirations.  Their alumni have gone on to do incredible things for the hospitality sector, many of whom we consider dear friends.”