The Global Recruiter UK Industry Awards 2018

A Tough Year for the Restaurant Industry:

Last year proved to be difficult for the restaurant industry. Nation’s Restaurant News reported yesterday that Buffalo Wild Wing’s fourth quarter net earnings plummeted 38.2%. The company’s fourth quarter ended on December 25th, 2016. Company-owned restaurants saw same-store sales fall 4% while franchised stores saw sales fall 3.9%. Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith made a statement about the issue, citing “the challenging restaurant environment” as the source of struggle. Chipotle also took a hard hit in their fourth quarter. As the company dealt with food borne illness outbreaks across the country, net incomes fell 76%.

It is no surprise that restaurants nationwide faced similar hardships. For many restaurants, the overall decline in net profits can be traced back to two main contributing factors: weak same-store sales and slow traffic. According to the National Restaurant Association, 42% of operators reported a same-stores sales decline in December of 2016. Operators also reported a 47% decline in traffic for that same month.

Expectations and optimism remain high, though, for the year ahead. About 39% of restaurant operators told National Restaurant News that they expect same-store sales and traffic to improve within the next 6 months. This is a 25% jump from when operators were surveyed back in October of 2016. Also heartening for the industry is that 57% of restaurant operators surveyed expect to expand or remodel within the next 6 months.

Dedicated to Success in 2017:

Here at Patrice and Associates, we are also optimistic about the year ahead. As the nation’s leading hospitality recruiting firm, we know how fundamentally important staffing is to a restaurant’s success. Finding strong, talented candidates to fill leadership positions can make all the difference when running an effective business. Strong leaders help shape a business’s culture and can be instrumental in improving overall service, efficiency, profitability, and more.

Overall, we are excited to continue working hard in 2017. Every day, our dedicated Franchisees and Recruiters help find and place the restaurant industry’s top leaders. By ensuring the success of our clients, we are also ensuring the growth and prosperity of the restaurant industry itself. We look forward to continue doing so now and for many years to come.

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

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    Hezekiah is a true professional in every sense of the word. 

    I'm very excited to get started with my new career.  From the very beginning when he contacted me there has been absolutely no gaps in communication.  Hezekiah matched me with an opportunity that is a true fit for my skill set.  I submitted my resume to him and he completely revamped it, highlighting my strengths.  This translated into the opportunity I have now been afforded.  He ensured that I received tips on interviewing and we even spoke just hours prior to my initial interview.  He has consistently reached out to the HR representative to ensure that I was informed of their thought process and relayed information to them as to my thoughts as well.  Truly, I could not have asked for a better recruiter.  As I type this I am still amazed at how seamless Hezekiah made the entire process.  There would be zero hesitation in requesting his services again, I'd do it in a heartbeat without second guessing.  He's a superstar in my humble opinion and deserves all the best that Patrice & Associates has to offer.  Thank you for having him on the team, he's going to change plenty of people's lives.  He should be proud to know that.
    Very Respectfully,
    Keith A. Ellis
    Hezekiah is a true professional in every sense of the word
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    Very nice and great to work with.

    He was very helpful in the job search.  He was not too pushy, which was a very good thing, considering I went on vacation.   Thank you.
    Nick Burtner
    Very nice and great to work with
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    David took a personal interest in me. 

    My relationship with David Israel began in early May/late April.  I use the term “relationship” because from the get go and through our conversations he began putting together a list of clients that would fit my skill set.  By reworking my resume, he made me more attractive to the possible opportunities (My resume was, needless to say, a hot mess), and got me into the room to talk to multiple employers where I could sell myself on those said skills.  Because of David, I was afforded two offers from companies so I could weigh the pros & cons, and make a choice that best suits myself, and my family.  The end result is I begin my new job next week!  My man David is not only an excellent recruiter, but truly a good man who will take a more personal approach to make sure you get a chance to make that first impression.  My only regret?  I will miss our conversations getting to know him better, and sharing in our life experiences.
    Warmest Regards,
    Kevin Mobley
    David took a personal interest in me
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    Mike was very focused. 

    I would like to say Mike Buterbaugh was a great help in my new career search.  Mike always kept the information coming.  He always answered my call or text at any time.   Thank you, Jamaal Daise Mike was very focused
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    I am especially thankful for the support I received from Clarence Washington!

    He was very  instrumental and patient throughout the entire process. He was very supportive and provided me with some very  essential techniques that helped me in both updating my resume' and the interviewing process. Mr. Washington was professional at all times and continued to communicate with me until I was hired. I would highly recommend your services to everyone. I am looking forward to starting my new position as a GM next week. 
    Your service was indeed a great experience. With Gratitude,
    Thomas I am especially thankful for the support I received from Clarence Washington!
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