Be At One passes key milestone on bartender productivity

Be At One bartender

Cocktail bar group Be At One has announced that it has broken through a key business milestone by achieving revenue per labour hour of over £50.

Across the group’s 33 bars, the labour productivity metric now stands at an average of £51.87 per hour. Simply put, the figure represents how much revenue is taken by the company for every hour worked in a venue by a Be At One bartender.

This figure represents a 52.5% outperformance of the UK hospitality industry average of £34.01, as identified by recent analysis by Fourth of data of the hourly pay of thousands of workers across the sector, and a 69% increase on the restaurant sector average of £30.65.

A lack of productivity is seen as a problem for the modern British economy. The amount the UK produces per person, per hour, has been stagnant for some time, and compares unfavourably to international competitors such as Germany and the US.

Andrew Stones, chief operating officer at Be At One, said: “That we are now generating in excess of £50 in revenue per labour hour across the group demonstrates the strength of our business model and the amount of revenue that each Be At One colleague generates. It is further testament to the consistently high performance of our hard-working and engaged team.

“With productivity falling across the wider hospitality sector, we are obviously delighted to have pushed forward in this way as it’s a key financial metric for the business.

“We believe this performance is down to a combination of award-winning drinks and our market-leading staff training and development, which is the platform for delivering Be At One’s unique experience that we know our customers love, and which keeps us at the forefront of the specialist cocktail bar market.”

Be At One operates 33 bars across the UK, including 17 in London. Its first bar opened in Battersea in south London in 1998.

Picture of a Be At One bar by Claudio Saroldi.

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