Employee Testimonials

Luke Knowles
Business Development and Strategy Director

I look after all opportunities to grow and develop the business. Prior to this, I was overseeing the operations of 4 sites in 3 cities across Europe, turning over €20m per year. I also sit on the board of directors so responsible when things are good (and when shit hits the fan).

I love our brands because it’s melting pot of nationalities, unique with a Work Hard Play Hard culture. Working here has given me confidence and self belief, as well as the autonomy to manage the way I want to. I like the company’s mantra 'don't ask for permission, ask for forgiveness', our contributions to society and charity - and it’s a world recognised, International brand.

The highlight of my career so far was my Promotion to Operations Director, convincing the board that pre-booked sales is where it's at and Winning the Interbrewery Regatta. And Spraying Champagne over 50 colleagues and friends from a high table at La Folie Douce, Val D'Isere.

Sophie Herbert
Head of Sales and Marketing

I head up the Marketing and Communications for the UK and Paris business.

All of our brands are positioned within the youth market, which means they are massively energetic and constantly evolving. We are continually challenging ourselves to try new things in response to new demands, technologies and behaviours. The brands are very exciting to work for as you have a great mix of party and events, as well as engaging with backpackers from all over the world. The three things I like about the company is the freedom to try new things, training and continual support for my career development and an awesome family that I love working alongside every day. The highlight of my career with the company so far is winning a number of Industry Marketing Awards. My favourite part of the job is travelling to different cities and meeting new people.

Pete Mortimore
Senior General Manager of Belushi’s, Hammersmith

I look after the Hammersmith unit on a day to day basis and support the teams at Shepherds Bush and Camden who fall within my POD. My duties include business planning & development and management recruitment & talent spotting.

What's not to love about being a part of the most progressive and exciting backpackers brands in Europe as well as a growing 'American Hip' bar brand!? The best thing Beds and Bars has given me is their confidence. I was recruited externally and Beds and Bars have given their support to allow me to operate and achieve tangible results.

The business has an amazing vision of how a person can progress a career. Hands down, the reason I joined! Our teams are driven. They're focused, they're motivated and they genuinely want the business to achieve. Favourite part of the job? Collaboration. Whether it's working with a sites kitchen team, management team, bar team or the operations support team there is always a collaborative approach to getting to the destination.