Welcome to 2018, which has already seen many challenges and uncertainty. With the news of Carillion going into liquidation, it is hardly the start the UK economy needed. Thankfully I can report that the Beverage Standards Association (BSA) has retained strong membership and that levels have remained the same, with new members and a few lapses, despite the tightening of belts when it comes to subscriptions and general marketing budgets.
I am happy to relay that we have accepted a request to join up with Pacific Hospitality and Culinary Academy, who intend to run the British School of Coffee in Kathmandu Nepal and run the BSA Barista Skills courses. This will be our third international training centre, along with Athens Greece and Dublin Ireland.
Our resident head of training Martyn Herriot and the excellent Jon Skinner have put in a lot of hard work to bring about the successes here and overseas of our enviable Barista Training programs and Centres. The City and Guilds Barista programme developed by the BSA is well recognised and highly thought of by both prospective employers and by the larger coffee and operator companies as part of their own CPD programmes. Please contact Martyn Herriot at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details, or check out the BSA website (which has an upgrade in the planning). A full list of our Centres can be seen on the website if you wish to attend, or send your staff to develop and enhance their skills.
January and February are busy for me outside of my day job with BSA activities. I will be visiting Coffee Classics in Northampton to view the CPD course being held there, and I look forward to being a judge at the British Breakfast Awards (the best meal of the day!) in London on 30th January. By the time you read this we will have held our BSA Executive committee meeting near Oxford and I will update on the main points from that in a later Bulletin.
I wish all our BSA members, all our friends and the excellent team here at OOH magazine the very best of success for 2018 – and remember that you are ‘increasingly’ in good company with the Beverage Standards Association!