Encouraging signs of a return to business viability and hopefully growth locally have boosted Steve Simon’s confidence in a rebounding community business scene in Toowoomba.  However, after his many years in the hospitality industry, and his dealings with so many event organisers, he hears the cry that a glitch is the inability to currently source quality trained staff.  With tourist energy building and solid local and continuing support, the need for staff could be the sticking point.

However, his community spirit is not dented.  He is actively gearing up to join with Bruce Ryman of Lily’s Restaurant, Highfields Motel fame, to sponsor the meal for the upcoming ABIA Weddings and Kim Cahill’s Toowoomba Darling Downs, Wedding Industry & Business Leaders Breakfast on July 9th.  Stephen is happy to be supporting this significant event which will highlight the region on a national stage through ABIA’s partnership with Kim.

Stephen believes in ‘making things happen’ and this event will certainly help make Toowoomba a must have wedding destination.

Stephen trains eager new recruits.  He is particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of members of the Yazidi community whose cultural love of Syrian and Iraqi food and willingness to be part of this great Toowoomba community make them ideal for the program.  They will be displaying the quality program Downs Hospitality and Training provides at the breakfast.  Stephen hopes business leaders present at the event will spread the word or make new connections.

In working with Best Employment, and sharing the facility in Burnage Street, Downs Hospitality and Training is a regular source of trained staff for the needs of the tourism, hospitality and wedding sectors regionally.  Stephen sees the long-term benefits and enjoys the chance to match the personality of the trainee with the needs of the employers.   What a satisfying field Stephen finds himself in!

Blog by – Molly B