James Taylor continues to demonstrate how data and engagement can be just as important as the right kit.
With an extensive background in energy purchasing and management – he spent six years as a consultant to The Restaurant Group before joining its buying department six years ago – he has been instrumental in helping the company’s huge network of sites and brands operate in a more sustainable manner.
Over the years, he has gained responsibility for all site overheads and commercial support to the central functions, meaning the work carried out by his team is felt by all areas of the business.
Top of the equipment hit-list this year is kit that simplifies the cooking process and delivers consistent timely product.
With chef shortages a prevailing theme in the industry, large groups such as TRG know better than most that selecting the right equipment is vital for operational success.
James showed earlier this year that he is more than willing to explore potential new relationships when he hosted a supplier ‘speed-dating’ event after a LinkedIn post inviting companies to market their innovations saw him receive 150 enquiries and 300 new connection requests.
“I am a big believer in networking – it helps build contingency solutions, to sense check an existing approach and to find new ideas to try,” he says.
Company: The Restaurant Group
Address: 5-7 Marshalsea Road, London SE1 1EPJ
Tel: 0203 117 5001
Focus: Casual dining