Rebrand Event at Café Royal


Rebrand Event at Café Royal

Thank you very much to everyone who joined us on Monday evening to celebrate 3 great years as SALT and our rebrand to Forge Hospitality Group.

The evening was a huge success and we would like to thank the team at the Café Royal for hosting us and looking after us so well. 

We would also like to thank our very generous sponsors for donating food and drink for the evening.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked with us over the past 3 years, both clients and candidates, without you we wouldn’t be here today, so thank you again for believing in us. 

Over the past 3 years we have been involved in many exciting recruitment projects working across the industry from local restaurants and food stalls to Michelin starred restaurants and 5 star hotels to international restaurant and hotel groups in the UK and abroad.

Sourcing skilled staff has never been more challenging and we hope that we have made it a little easier for you over the past 3 years.

Training is an area that we are all very passionate about and was one of the key drivers behind mine and Marks decision to found SALT over 3 years ago. With John Davey joining us later that year we are now more keen than ever to inspire, enthuse and mentor young talent in our industry to help them achieve their goals and ambitions. Moving forward we will be looking at offering a dual recruitment and training offer.

We have also been very lucky to be involved with the film Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass.  In the summer of 2014 we were approached to produce the “Eat Me” cake for the film, now almost 2 years later the film has been released.  Please check out the trailer

So why the rebrand:

Well after 3 years as SALT it was time review where we are as a business and the direction we want to head in.  It’s clear that there are three key areas for development: Recruitment; training and events.

With this in mind we looked at our current name and brand and decided it wasn’t suited to the new strategy – not least as there were already ‘Salt’ based companies in those sectors.

We decided to rebrand as Forge Hospitality Group/FORGE as a Forge embodies the values of hard work and industry, of craft and tradition, which are all values that we strive to uphold.  The brand mark itself is suggestive of communication and personal interaction – again the cornerstone in developing long-term successful relationships and the colours represent the fire, heat and energy of a working forge.

We would like to thank Tristan Kelly for the creation of our new brand.

We look forward to working with you in the future and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Forge: Crafting Careers.


Marcin completes an Ironman!!


Marcin completes an Ironman!!

Last Sunday I completed my first Ironman 70.3 in Staffordshire.

After 6 months of training I was able to enjoy the day and come home much quicker than I had expected in a time of 6hrs 21mins.

The day started with a 4am alarm! Once breakfast was finished I was off to the drop-off point to catch a bus to Chasewater Reservoir to be in transition one (T1) by 5:45am.  Having taped my towel onto my bike saddle (a little extra padding goes a long way) and attached food and drink to my bike it was in to the wetsuit and down to the start of the 1.9km swim.

I was lucky to have an early start at 7:15, just after the pro’s.  The swim wasn’t as bad as I had thought, I hadn’t swum for several weeks but I managed to get round in 44mins, I think my goggles misting up and me only being able to see 5 metres ahead of me helped as I couldn’t see how far it was to the next turn.

Once out of the water it was into T1 and on to the bike. The first 20 miles were pretty quick however after 30 miles the rain came down and things slowed a little, from 45 miles on we were climbing for several miles but as soon as I hit the top I knew I was on for a quicker time then I was expecting so I pushed hard for the last 8 miles and got to T2 40 mins ahead of plan. Yippee!

I had a great run on a varied course of roads, trails and heaps of mud. The three laps took me past a local pub which was pumping music with people dancing outside cheering everybody on - very motivational. As was seeing some friends and family on the course shouting encouragement and abusive banter... The last lap was tough but I really enjoyed it knowing that I was almost done. 500 meters out I picked up the pace and finished strong.  

What an awesome feeling running down the red carpet in the finish chute with your name and time flashing up above your head as you cross the line.

I swam, cycled and ran to raise money for the charity BloodWise - I had set myself a fundraising target of £1,000 - check out my just giving page to see how I got on.

What a great day and I'm now looking forward to taking on a full ironman next year...maybe...maybe not...