When the pandemic hit and businesses had to shut up shop for the foreseeable future, Beds and Bars’ directors immediately developed the LifeHouse scheme to ensure every team member felt safe & supported through the different stages of the pandemic.
Back in March 2020, Covid-19 hit the travel and hospitality industry at full force, with very little warning as to the severity and length of the crisis. Not only was the outlook devastating for the sector as a whole, but its effect was similarly stressful for the individual employees who came from abroad seeking an unforgettable experience of working within the vibrant industry.
At Beds and Bars, we have around 800 team members of over 50 nationalities who make up the heart and soul of the company’s brands: St Christopher’s Inns, Belushi’s, the Flying Pig and the Bauhaus. A significant proportion of these incredible young people will have flown all the way over from Australia and New Zealand to experience working for our hostels and bars while fully immersing themselves in European culture.
When the business had no choice but to shut up shop for the foreseeable future, it left many of our team members in a confusing and unpredictable position with the chances of returning to their home countries growing slim, and their financial situations uncertain.
Immediately, directors at Beds and Bars made it the highest priority to ensure team members felt safe and supported as we moved through the different stages of the pandemic, leading to the development of the LifeHouse scheme.