Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie launch hospitality consultancy

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Oklava founders Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie launch hospitality consultancy

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Oklava founders Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie have launched a hospitality consultancy business aimed at supporting chefs and restaurateurs with the development of new concepts.

Called Quince + Co, Kiazim and Christie will draw on their combined 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry and will support operators in 'bringing new concepts to life'.

The two partners will help oversee the development process from start to finish; from the initial creation of the idea, through to practical training and financial planning to help new and established businesses reach their goals. 

"Working for other chefs and companies, as well as building Oklava together, was the best learning school Laura and I could have wished for," says Kiazim.

"At times it was tough and we were forced to challenge ingrained biases and preconceptions that we know others have faced too, but we have come away with on-the-ground experience and a desire to do things differently.

"We’re excited to pour all of this into Quince + Co and help other entrepreneurs and companies develop and build beautiful, durable concepts."

Quince + Co will provide aspiring restaurants with Kiazim's expertise deployed into menu development, chef training and kitchen management.

Meanwhile, Christie, who also runs Linden Stores in Cheshire, will use her experience to lead businesses through operational challenges, front-of-house training and wine consultancy, with training programmes from both partners designed with hospitality launches, relaunches, and revivals in mind.

"The last few years have challenged the hospitality industry like never before with Brexit and the pandemic shaking our foundations," says Christie.

"Despite it all, Selin and I have come out the other side fully convinced of the potential and the staying power of hospitality. We want to collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs that see that potential too, working with them to launch projects and develop concepts that will move this industry forward."

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