Game, Set and Match as Perth Welcomes Jobs Boost

by Dannielle Noonan

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

3 waitresses posing - G1 RefurbismentsThe employer behind some of Scotland’s top independent bars and restaurants has been scoring points with locals after revealing it has sparked a mini jobs boom in Perth – in an area the size of a tennis court.

G1, owners of Harry’s, The Bothy and the newly refurbished Playhouse, has cemented its commitment to providing employment opportunities in Perth by creating more than 100 jobs within the community.

The three venues – all in Mill Street – employ a variety of different roles from kitchen porters and head chefs to baristas and specialist digital IMAX cinema projection staff, providing a welcome boost to employment levels within the city.

Andy Mcleod, Business Development Manager for Harry’s and The Bothy, said: “We hire more than 100 people within an extremely small vicinity of each other in Perth.

“From cleaners and bar staff to head chefs and marketing teams, we have a lot of fantastic opportunities for local talent to use their skills within our venues.

“The good news however is that there is still scope for more jobs to become available as children’s parties and private dining gets busier, especially at Harry’s, which opens very soon. As the Christmas season approaches, we will also be looking to hire some temporary staff to help, giving locals some valuable work experience.”

The total number of jobs exceeds 100 with 40 employed in Harry’s, 25 in The Bothy and a further 35 in the Playhouse and City Cafe.

The announcement was welcomed by Invest in Perth, the initiative that seeks to promote Perth City Region as the most desirable place to live, work, invest and visit in Scotland.

Councillor John Kellas, Convener of Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee at Perth and Kinross Council, who oversee Invest in Perth, said: “The G1 Group are an important and welcome investor in our city and the exciting recent developments, with the arrival of IMAX  to the Playhouse Cinema and the imminent opening of Harry’s on Mill Street underline this.

“As well as adding to the vibrancy of the city centre such developments bring economic benefit to the city through an increase in visitor numbers and the provision of new jobs.”

The most recent venue to create jobs has been the Playhouse which launched the first IMAX screen in Scotland outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The new state-of-the-art IMAX screen – 60%+ larger than the cinema’s previous screen – celebrated its successful launch on 5 July welcoming hundreds of cinema-goers to the city.

Typically IMAX cinemas show new release movies in advance of standard cinemas with viewers having the added benefit of larger screens, sharper picture, better sounds and immersive 3D experiences.

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