My name is Patrick Howley and I spent well over a decade in the hospitality industry. Working my from a glass collector in a working mens club in Burnley, to being lucky enough to GM some of the most beautiful sites around the North West. I earned my stripes in the industry and while doing so, fell into a destructive cycle of long hours, no sleep, poor nutrition, high alcohol consumption and recreational drug use.
The the idea for ‘So Lets Talk‘ came about after, what was for probably the 86th time I had 86’d myself from the trade.
The decision came from not having an avenue for help during the last decade and it was time to create one. An off the cuff post to the Manchester Bars Page created an overwhelming response and my phone blew up.
I knew I wasn’t alone feeling like this. It was then i knew ‘So Lets Talk‘ had to happen.
After graduating university in Manchester I moved to the USA for a short period to create what would become the SNAPE brand, focussing on tattoo studios, hospitality, clothing and social engagement. It was on my return to Manchester I also started a concierge company that focussed on hospitality, creating brands for new bars, acquiring sites, business mentorship, investment and more. During this time I was growing my network in the city in what seemed the most organic way…by going out most nights to socialise. This led to many friends and acquaintances being made but it also took me on a slippery slope which could only have ended in disaster.
The common vices become the norm and reality of life is kept at a distance thanks to these vices. It all came to a head for me in 2019 when the years caught up to me, I was angry, frustrated, depressed and weak. Therefore I decided to undertake 100 days with no alcohol and re program my life.
It was at this point in my journey that an old friend, Paddy and I crossed paths again and he shared his vision for SLT, instantly I knew I wanted to be involved and help bring this business and this help to as many people as possible. My role is mainly focused on advising and assisting with the overall running of the company and its plans for the future.
Hello, my name’s Greg Maguire and I’ve been involved in the hospitality industry since early 2007, from shaking cocktails at Alchemist to sorting stuff at Revolucion De Cuba I’ve been involved in many parts of hospitality however found my passion in Sales, Marketing and Brand Management. I’m now the Regional Market Development Manager for Zettle by PayPal, so still keeping my toe in the hospitality ocean.
With a huge passion for connecting people and a desire to network, I’m one of four directors of the Manchester Hospitality Network, a supportive organisation to connect the industry together. Working with bars, restaurants, hotels, event centres and more, the MHN has a business value to bring the industry closer, working as one collective rather than as competitors.
I’m really excited to join Paddy and the team to add some value and support the growth, I’ve always been a part of So Let’s Talk, doing my best to help where I can, however I can honestly say, after a very tough 2020, I have personally experienced the worst and can only imagine what everyone else is going through, I’m hoping we can do the industry some good.
My name is Stefan Whaley… I started my life in hospitality the same way many did; as a student looking for a way of supplementing my lifestyle. A decade later, having “served my time & earnt my stripes” I’m able to look back on the good, the bad and the ugly times.
From a barback in Leeds to managing a multi-concept venue in Manchester + everything in between. Looking back I lived a life of Long hours, far from ideal sleep, not really paying attention to what I consumed & all in all, ignored my body. This eventually leads to me leaving the hospitality industry to some extent and go work for a brand.
The first step of fixing any problem is admitting that there is one, and after having the problem so honestly stated to me by so many people… I wanted to be a part of the solution. I crossed paths with the So Lets Talk Team soon after and that solution seemed possible, and as they say…. The rest is history.
I started my road to recovery on day one of the first lockdown. Which seems like many moons ago but has actually passed in the blink of an eye.
After hitting rock bottom and not knowing where to turn I threw a rather large tantrum and decided I was going to sort my shit out. I did 100 days of no drink, dedicated myself to training physically and mentally every day and committed to improving myself. As well as finding like-minded individuals within hospitality who were looking to or had done the same.
Enter Paddy and So Lets Talk.
We are on a mission to change the face of hospitality and make sure the future generations of this amazing industry thrive and not just survive. It is great to have purpose and, in what has been a sh*tty and difficult year for many, actually be able to have clarity for the first time. Healing feels good. Progress feels even better.
Hello. I'm Rachel, the Founder of Rachel Wright Marketing. I started my working life straight after college with an Apprenticeship in Business Admin. In doing so, I gained a keen interest in the world of Marketing. After completing my Marketing degree, I went into the Travel & Tourism sector but sadly got made redundant in March 2020 due to the pandemic. I worked on a number of hospitality accounts to get me by before deciding what my next move would be. I then set up my own Marketing business. I have over 9 years of experience in all aspects of marketing and I now work with a range of clients from Hospitality & travel, to mental health and weddings.
With a passion for mental health and a strong voice, I wanted to get involved in So Lets Talk to help create a movement through marketing. In the marketing industry, working long hours and spending most of the day on social media is a norm. Seeing what So Lets Talk offer in their sessions really resonated with me.
I’m so excited to see where So Lets Talk are going to head in the future and I’m honoured to be a part of the journey.
Hello! I’m Beth!
My role with So Lets Talk materialised from a conversation with Paddy - a few days into the announcement of the closure of business due to Covid-19. I was fizzing with ideas and enough passion to sink a ship, but no outlet and a world that had just gone into lockdown.
I had made the choice to leave hospitality and pursue a new career in fitness, specifically focusing on movement patterns and repetitive strain in the hospitality industry.
I have a strong sports background having played basketball (to a pretty high standard once upon a time!) and have always viewed the hours I have sweated out in hospitality as a sport, so made perfect sense to combine the two passions I have.
My hospitality story is similar to the masses I imagine; a lot of hard work, a lot of wine, a lot of stress and a lot of friends made in the process.
I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic people in my experience in hospitality but have always been boggled by how we do it?
Us hospitality folk - the elite. The superhumans of the working world (if you ask me).
We work longer hours, for less money, under more stress, and look f’ing cool when we do it.
But behind the scenes when we need to take the edge off to keep our customers smiling, we have become regulars in disregarding ourselves and our emotions.
Enter - So Lets Talk - the platform we all knew we needed.