TGI Friday’s announces jobs expansion

The UK has been given a hospitality employment boost with the news that TGI Friday's is to open a host of new restaurants, creating around 600 jobs.

Next month will see the start of this expansion, with a new restaurant planned to open in Leeds, while there is also set to be a new operation up and running in Glasgow by August's end.

Details of the other four new restaurants are to be announced in due course but the firm has confirmed that positions will be created, including waiters, chefs, bar staff and managers.

TGI currently operates 55 restaurants across the UK, having opened its first in Birmingham during 1986 and officials said the expansion has come about due to an "outstanding period of sustained growth".

David Carroll, TGI Friday's UK director of acquisitions and development, said the company was keen to ensure they got the right people to fill the new positions.

"One of our main challenges this year will be sourcing passionate and enthusiastic team members for the new openings," he said.

"With roles varying from bartenders and managers, through to chefs and shift leaders, we're keen to hear from those that would like to start or progress their career with us."

Mr Carroll also said that this year promises to be a crucial one for the company, not just in terms of the new sites, but the other schemes that it runs.

These include corporate social responsibility initiatives and its Friday’s Family Foundation.

In terms of the already-announced locations, TGI stands every chance of making their new restaurants successful, as both can be found in up-and-coming settings.

The Leeds restaurant is to feature in Leeds Trinity, a new shopping centre, while the Glasgow Fort will form part of a large entertainment complex, which is due to open following a £9 million construction project.

In fact, TGI will join a number of other restaurants and a cinema in the hotly-anticipated centre.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions