Pub manager Jamie Bowen-Jones’ career path with Wetherspoon has brought him success, in both his professional and personal life.
Jamie, 26, who runs The Fall Well, in Liverpool, joined the company as a part-time bar associate at The Bole Bridge, in Tamworth, in 2006. It was supposed to be a temporary job, before going to university in Cardiff to study law.
Jamie said: “I had never worked in a pub before and fell in love with it. I went full time, got promoted to team leader within six weeks and became a shift leader after six months.
“I enjoyed it so much that I decided not to go to university, but to pursue a career with Wetherspoon.”
He was part of the management team which opened The Ford Madox Brown, in Manchester, in December 2007. A year later (and still just 21), Jamie got his first pub the Castle in the Air, also in Manchester. Following a spell at The Gateway, in East Didsbury, he took on The Fall Well in 2012.
Jamie has also kept learning while working: “I gained a diploma as part of Wetherspoon’s training scheme and I am currently studying for a business studies degree – so, I will be getting my degree, after all.
“I also met my wife Natalie, thanks to Wetherspoon, during an induction session at The Moon Under Water, in Manchester. We were married last year.”