Jamie Looker

Jamie Looker - General Manager; House of Smith, Florita's and Madame Koo

Jamie joined the company when we only had two venues in Newcastle City Centre; ten venues and a decade later he has been involved in some way in making all of these openings possible in his current position as Bar Operations Manager.

  • August 2006 – Bar Manager
  • 2008 – Assistant General Manager
  • 2013 – General Manager

What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on at Apartment Group?

Opening House of Smith was a massive task! Great fun but there were so many moving parts we’d never dealt with before like fire eaters, nightly burlesque performances and much more. It’s like organising a circus show!

More recently though, as more venues opened I’ve also been responsible for things such as equipping the kitchens at our new wedding venues, amending architects plans and modernising till systems. This was probably my favourite part, having such a big input into our newest venture in Otterburn.


What do you love most about your job?

The autonomy of running your own integral part of the business, on any level you’re ultimately responsible for something and making a success of it is what keeps you loving what you do!

Equally, the opportunity to diversify is huge, you can get stuck into anything and everything you like and create value.


What makes Apartment Group different?

I joined the Apartment Group because it had a reputation of working hard with their staff to continually develop their skills – and that’s exactly what I got.

One of the best things about the Apartment Group is the enormous amount of support you receive from their Head Office. It allows me to develop my venue and staff at a much quicker speed.


Jamie's Words of Wisdom...

Unlike other companies, you move up quickly; if you work at 100mph, you can climb up the ranks of the company at the same speed. We don’t put obstacles in your way.

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