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Youth Jobs Boost as Lord Mayor Re-Opens York Pub

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5:43pm 12th December 2013

The Lord Mayor of York will be officially opening the new venture, Ye Olde Shambles Tavern. As of Friday 13 December the tavern will be re-launching to celebrate its recent expansion, with new staff, longer opening hours and a new product range of Yorkshire brewed real ales, including their very own beer, ‘Shambles Stumbler’.

The tavern will be supporting 16 micro-breweries from around Yorkshire, and adding to their current extensive range of locally sourced food and gift ideas.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Julie Gunnell is personally supporting the event and will be in attendance on Friday. She commented: “This is exactly the sort of activity we need to encourage within the York business community. Not only is Sue and her team benefitting the City from a tourism angle by offering a new and improved service to visitors, she is also investing in young people from York and giving them an opportunity to develop skills and competencies that will be useful throughout their careers. This is a great example of social responsibility that will hopefully encourage other businesses to do the same.”

To accommodate the business expansion, five new members of staff have been added to the family team that have run the Tavern successfully for the past five years. Recruited through the Job Centre Plus on Stonebow, the new employees all aged between 19-25 are all receiving experiential learning and new skills on the job with three of the five young people participating in the innovative 21st Century Retail and Tourism Ambassador pilot programme along with 17 other small business from York Retail and Tourism sector. 

Sue Woodward, Proprietor of Ye Olde Shambles Tavern said: “After running as a cafe and gift shop for the past 5 years, we felt that recently the experience of shopping in York was becoming just as important as the product we were looking to sell. For this reason we have decided diversify our product range, as well as offering the services of a tradition real ale tavern well into the evening. For this we have the council to thank, as they were very helpful throughout the process of us applying for our late license.

To meet the demand for the Tavern’s new opening hours (now licensed until 11pm, 10pm on a Sunday) and to embrace and enhance our customer experience for locals and tourists alike when visiting our City we needed to increase our family team. Thankfully our new staff are settling in well, and hopefully the training we are giving them will be able to increase their confidence and skill sets for any future career opportunities.”

It is hoped that this example of re-invigoration within a local business will help to further raise the profile of the Shambles as not only a shopping and tourism destination, but somewhere to eat and drink in a setting that typifies York as a city.

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