Natalia Ribbe and Libby Andrews, co-founders of Ladies of Restaurants are bringing the female hospitality collective to Manchester. Join them in the NRB Hub to hear more about the networking, training and social organisation run by women for women in the restaurant industry as they make plans to expand across the UK.
Ladies of Restaurants was launched in 2016 to help women who work in hospitality meet other women for support and advice. The collective now has more than 500 members from all areas of the industry including front of house, back of house, marketing, PR and wine.
“We set up Ladies of Restaurants so that women who work — or want to work — in hospitality have a place to learn, grow and get support from other women (and like-minded men!) in our industry. After over a year of supporting women in London, it’s time to head to Manchester where there is a booming restaurant scene filled with wonderful ladies who can help inspire the rest of us in our careers,” said Libby Andrews, co-founder, Ladies of Restaurants.
“We are very excited to be welcoming Ladies of Restaurants to NRB in Manchester”, said NRB Director Sophie Helm, “Women play a strong role in the Northern hospitality industry and we are delighted to be celebrating them at this event. There are 17 women in our Top Fifty powerlist of Northern operators and we hope that this event will help develop and encourage many more in the future”.
Two people already involved in the Northern event are Louise Richards, General Manager of Hawksmoor and Lucy Noone, Development Manager of R Noone & Son and L.O.R Brand Ambassador.
“There are way too many undiscovered hospitality heroes – looking forward to L.O.Runcovering this up North!, said Louisa. “Sharing stuff and generally learning about being better people and employers for this wonderful industry – L.O.R hurry up and get here”.
Lucy added “I’ve followed LOR since they started making noise in London and have hoped that they’d look to the North at some point. I can’t wait for the women here to have the opportunity to benefit from their sheer enthusiasm for helping, supporting and progressing Ladies of Restaurants. The knock on effect on the standard of restaurants in the North West can only be positive! As for being asked to be their northern Brand Ambassador? DELIGHTED! What a group to be part of!
Ladies of Restaurants will be meeting in the NRB Hub at 12pm on Wednesday 21 March at Manchester Central so pop in any time from 12:15 – 13.00 to meet the Ladies, ask questions, brainstorm ideas or just for a glass of fizz!
Northern Restaurant & Bar is the North’s hospitality exhibition. Returning to Manchester Central on 20 & 21 March, NRB18 hosts 275 exhibitors providing every product and service a hospitality business needs, delivers 65 exciting live food & drink demos, and brings the entire Northern hospitality industry together for two days of networking, discovery and inspiration.