Regional economies are growing in strength as a consequence.
Will this also see a culinary migration into the provinces and new golden era for Chef Patron operations?
There is an increasing number of conversations taking place across all operations about how to adapt culinary models and an increasing interest in “delivered-in models”. It is not too surprising considering occupancy levels across City centre hotels and it does raise the question as to what will happen with many leading culinary talents? Will there be a migration away from city centres to found their own businesses in the provinces?
Altogether it does raise the interesting question whether out of this darkest of times, we will see a new golden era of new provincial restaurants emerge, with new culinary talents expressing their skills in locations that they never previously had considered?
Will this also lead to an extra emphasis of regional British cuisines once again coming to the fore as so many consumers want to see the use of local produce?
These may be dark times for many but it may also be the catalyst for a new era which will enable great talents to have a voice. Time will tell. Latest forecasts seem to indicate though that this could be the case with an expected “talent drain” from city locations in the region of 30%. This could naturally see a migration of talent into the provinces which will support the recent emphasis of localism/regional economies performing well at the expense of the great city locations.
The counter-argument is that Cities will recover; it is just going to take time. Cities will need to reinvent themselves and become far more engaging and attractive destinations. Some argue that it is going to take 2 years before cities see a real return to strength; others argue it will take 5 years. Others argue that cities will regain strength as travel once again begins and this is likely to take 18-24 months.
This provides time for some genuine change. It used to be said that it takes 66 days to form a new behaviour; 1-2 years can create major changes which will have long-lasting ramifications on how cities will need to reinvent themselves, how food styles may change and local economies find strength.
These may be dark times forcing many to rethink and reinvent their careers. As hard as it may sound, there are many who believe the worst is yet to come and that is to be faced in Q1 next year. Unless the dynamic changes, there are many planning new beginnings in 2021. This will impact everyone and create all kinds of change yet to be seen. As one senior player noted this week “2020 has been relatively calm against what we may see in 2021”
As we launch our “reinvention” service, we have already helped six new companies be founded in just the last few months and this is likely to grow in number. With all the numbers being made redundant it is understandable that they can not just sit and wait for jobs to appear; they need to be active, to have a purpose and to get some activity into play. It has even been interesting as a number of talents are looking to leave the UK and reinvent their lives in new cultures and environments. It is all-natural.
Reinvention of careers, lives and even services will become commonplace. How many operations today are reimaging their services and their spaces? This is just as true of thousands of great talents who want to stay in the industry and will find a way if they are able to.