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2016: The end to a brewtiful year

As another year draws to a close, there’s no better time than the present to reflect on the last 12 months and review all that has happened and been achieved. For Sim Trava, 2016 the year in transition proved a challenging but incredibly rewarding year –  indeed our most successful to date in fact.

The business is growing from strength-to-strength – this has only been achieved through the  hard work and loyalty of every one of you.

This has not gone unnoticed – not only were we awarded the Family Business of the Year by the Federation of Small Businesses in Greater Manchester and North Cheshire, we were also named Costa’s Partner of the Year last month. This means we are officially the top performing Costa Coffee franchise partner in the whole of the UK, a fact you can be truly proud of .

Aside from impressing panels of judges, and picking up a string of prestigious accolades, we’ve also been expanding our operations – opening a throng of new stores right across the North. Over the last 12 months, we’ve opened new stores in Wallsend, Neston, Stretford, Redcar and Houghton-le-Spring. And that’s not all, we’ve also been busy refurbishing existing stores in Cheadle, Nantwich, Leigh and Marple. And they’re looking great – modern, bright and spacious with that signature Sim Trava feel.

The pace is going to get even quicker after Christmas, as we’re set to open a new store in Fulwood late January and have six more in the pipeline already for 2017.

Finally, and most importantly, 2016 has been a year in which we have worked to strengthen our ongoing commitment to our people. In 2016 we welcomed over 100 people into the business, growing our Sim Trava Academy to ensure everyone has access to learning and development programmes and training courses to help progress their career within the business. We’ve also expanded our apprenticeship offering – moving to monthly intakes so that more and more young people across the North have access to an alternative to traditional formal education. We want to offer young people the opportunity to succeed outside the confinements of a classroom and give them a chance to learn from the best to be the best in a fast-paced, fast-growing business.

Thank you for making 2016 our best year ever !.We are  so looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us all,  heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for making the Sim Trava business what it is we couldn’t do it without you –. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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