Meet your Power List: Paul Hirst

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Paul Hirst is a stalwart of the sector, having worked within the catering and design industry for over 40 years. He has held key director positions at international hotel groups, pubs and breweries, and high-end restaurants, and more recently leading the design team at Restaurant Design Associates (RDA), since 2007.

This year, RDA is celebrating its 10th anniversary – a decade in design – and Paul has been instrumental from day one in helping to grow the business from a small number of clients to circa 386 projects.

Working across all sectors within the catering, hospitality and retail industries, Paul has built solid client relationships with some of the industry’s most recognised brands, including M&S, Costa and Starbucks. From high-profile banking institutes, to universities and new overseas concepts in the United Arab Emirates, Paul can be trusted to deliver any project, on time and within budget. Over the past 12 months, key client wins have included Citi Bank, Balfour Beatty, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Farrow & Ball.

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Involved in every step of a design project, from the first consultation through to the final installation, Paul recognises the team’s strengths, and encourages them to expand their skill set and go the extra mile for customers.

His industry colleagues say that he listens and understands customers’ needs, drawing on his wealth of experience and knowledge to develop the ideal solution. Not only does he achieve the company’s financial results, but ensures the design team strive to be the best they can and achieve personal goals.

The Project Pioneers category of the 2017 Catering Insight Power List is sponsored by Valentine Cuisinequip. To visit the company’s website click HERE.

Profile

Company: Restaurant Design Associates
Address: 5 Apollo Court, Monkton Business Park South, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, NE31 2ES
Tel: 0844 873 4993
Twitter: @rdalimited
Web: http://rdalimited.co.uk

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