Audrey Wynn is the Managing Director of Alseasons Hospitality Staff and a long-term client of Imagine Accounting. We spoke to Audrey to see how she is managing in these unprecedented times.
What does Alseasons Hospitality Staff do?
Alseasons is a specialist in both labour hire and permanent recruitment to the hospitality industry. Our clients range from five star hotels, clubs, pubs, restaurants, corporate and sporting events, education and aged care. Our skilled team of casuals range from managers, chefs for all departments, baristas, food and beverage, and general kitchen staff. We are known as the local’s agency as we have been around for over
What inspired you to start this business?
I was born a recruiter and worked for a large recruitment company in London. On arriving in Australia I wanted a sea change and always had a passion for cooking thanks to my Oma. So I worked in the hospitality industry gaining my certificate as a chef and restaurant services. I thought how wonderful it would be to start an agency that specialised in hospitality and represented Australia’s talented workers.
Do you have a role model / mentor?
No but I love reading books by inspirational people that mentor and guide on a wide range of topics.
How has COVID-19 impacted your business?
The COIVD-19 has had a huge impact on our business, bringing all but institutional food service operators to a halt. Fortunately a strong part of our market presence is in institutional catering, so we have been able to continue providing services and keep our core staff employed.
How do you inspire your team – especially now?
We are kept busy with upskilling through webinars, and keeping in touch with our clients and casual team on a regular basis. While our team work from home we use social media to keep in touch daily. Inhouse competitions to keep their creative juices alive and updating our company manuals which is a mind boggling task.
Your business supports quite a few charities. What’s the driving force behind this?
When my parents divorced my mother wanted to take us to her homeland in Germany but the papers to leave England didn’t arrive so we spent the night in the salvation army hostel. The people were so unbelievingly kind and generous and I thought one day I would be in a position to give back, hence I volunteer for Sydney Homeless Connect and support the new Hammond Care home in Darlinghurst for those experiencing homelessness and any charity starting with a “C” ancer.
How have Imagine Accounting supported your business?
I wanted an accounting company that was an allrounder that would complete my tax returns, but would also jump in with the endless small issues and problems companies face day to day. I like the topics they choose for their seminars, and I hope they will continue even if it is by webinar.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Once we get through COVID-19 I believe that we will emerge stronger and wiser and continue to provide our clients with the best of the best in hospitality talent and services.