April 12, 2021

A trio of appointments for Leeds events firm

A leading supplier of pop-up bar and premium drinks services has appointed three new members of staff and made one internal promotion to support rapid business growth and development. The appointments come after a series of account wins for Leeds-based Zest Mixology, who recently secured a contract with Amadeus, the contract caterers for the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Newly appointed events administrator, Charlotte Taylor will ensure the smooth running of both private and corporate events whilst studying for a bachelor’s degree in Events Management at Leeds Beckett University.

Emily Ratcliffe, who previously assumed the role, has now progressed to account manager and will be responsible for a number of key accounts, whilst taking a lead on marketing activity and proactively seeking out new business opportunities for Zest Mixology.

Ben Shimmin, who recently graduated from Leeds Beckett University with an upper second-class honours in events management, joins the business as an events specialist. Ben will ensure the team continues to deliver high quality bespoke bar solutions, whilst acting as a lead team member at Zest Mixology’s events.

Steven Glynn has been recruited as warehouse manager and will be accountable for the smooth running of the warehouse, in line with their recent accreditation with the Sustainable Events Alliance.

Having experienced double-digit growth every year since inception, the new appointments come at a key time for Zest Mixology who also recently opened a London-based warehouse operation to better service clients across the South of England.

Commenting on the new recruits, founder and managing director, Murdo MacLeod, said: “I am delighted to welcome three talented and skilled individuals to the team at Zest Mixology. I have no doubt that they will excel in their roles and I look forward to being able to support them in their careers and provide them with the necessary foundations for them forge successful futures for themselves.

“It is also hugely rewarding to see our new account manager, Emily progress in her career with us and help her to build upon the skills she has already acquired in the events industry. We are building a strong team at Zest Mixology, enabling us to continue to deliver clients with outstanding levels of support as we grow.”

With a recent scale-up loan of £80,000 secured from HSBC, the business is set to double in size over the next 12 months and employ a further five people over the next 24 months.