I started as front of house and progressed to a Supervisor at Alto Lounge relatively quickly. I took on the organising of #LoungeAid (charity focus month) and had a very successful year raising over £1,100 for Headway Thames Valley. I was promoted to Assistant Manager at the beginning of 2016.
2017 was the year of travelling and helping out the other Lounges in my area – Como, Caballo and Bosco to name a few and then I was involved in the induction and training of the new front of house team for Molo in Southend and Support Manager for the their opening night and first few weeks.
In September 2017 I was promoted to General Manager for Sedero Lounge (a new opening in Wokingham). I recruited and trained a fabulous team and the Lounge continues to go from strength to strength.
Within a month of opening I had donned a Pudsey Bear onesie and had a choir sing-off with Clasp and Sing Healthy for Children in Need. We took part in the Wokingham Giving Tree throughout December, donating toys and gifts to children’s charities in the local area. The new year brought with it new ideas and we held our first pamper evening raising money for The Alexander Devine Hospice and giving the ladies of Wokingham a treat night out in drab January.
The best bit about working for Loungers would definitely be my team, whether here at Sedero, at my previous Lounge or at another Lounge supporting them. It’s the teams that make it so special and the relationships that we forge with them. That, and the ability to connect with the local community and charities really makes Loungers different to any other company I’ve worked for; that chance to make a difference to the local community and the fact that it is encouraged by head office is something quite unique to Loungers.
I might not have started this journey with the intention of being a long term Lounger but here I am, a Lounger through and through and living and breathing our Cause every day