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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 […]

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Brewing up success with our 26th Costa opening

With Christmas edging ever closer, we’re all familiar with just how hectic things can get in the retail and hospitality worlds – millions pour out onto the high street in the search of the perfect gifts for loved ones. And, this seems to be thirsty work, as our Costa Coffee stores hit peak busyness throughout […]

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A perfect business blend has seen us crowned Costa Partner of the Year!

This month we attended the 11th annual Costa Partnership Celebrations and it was, as always, a great night for all of those involved with Whitbread’s Costa brand. This was also our 11th year attending with Simon Vardy, managing director, Tracy Vardy, company director and Jim Smith, operations director, there on the night representing the company […]

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Picking up our second accolade in as many weeks: Family Business of the Year!

We’re thrilled to say that this week we were named Family Business of the Year at the Federation of Small Business’ (FSB) Greater Manchester and North Cheshire awards. We joined around 300 others at the Ceremony in Manchester to celebrate the very best of business in the region – and were delighted to come home […]

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Our top tips on securing Christmas temp work

With the noticeable chill in the air, the shorter days and darker mornings, it can mean only one thing… Christmas is nearly here! Okay, not quite – we haven’t even got Halloween over us just yet, but as we enter the closing weeks of October, and enter the penultimate month of the year, this is […]

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Prepping our apprentices for the daily grind

As a family-run business, Sim Trava has a set of core values that we encourage our people to strive towards at all times. And, recently, we’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to marry two of these core values together. That is, by pairing growing our people with our business (i.e. apprenticeships) with giving […]

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Five minutes with: Ashley Owens – A rising star of the Sim Trava family

As part of our ‘five minutes with’ blog series, we talk to store manager, Ashley Owens, about his progression up the ranks throughout his seven-year career with the company. When I left school at 16, I tried a range of different jobs but none were very “me”. I tried sales but didn’t enjoy the cut-throat […]

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Five minutes with: Chris Shearer – Sim Trava’s 2015 Barista of the Year

As part of our ‘five minutes with’ blog series, we talk to barista maestro, and last year’s Sim Trava Barista of the Year, Chris Shearer, about his time at the company and what gets him passionate about the job. I began working at Sim Trava just over three years ago in the Oldham Spindles store. […]

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