MO Templeton, former director of operations at Beanscene, has resigned from the coffee and music house chain to reunite with its founder, Gordon Richardson, at digital lifestyle, entertainment and media business, onebiggroove.
Earlier this month, onebiggroove announced an alliance with Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises which is set to herald the roll-out of two new licensed trade brands and concepts throughout Scotland.
The opportunity to play a key role in the pioneering partnership at ground level appears to have proven too tempting to resist for the woman who has played a central role in helping steer the Beanscene operation through its recent history, following its fall into administration last year and subsequent takeover by Fifi+Ally.
Templeton, who assumes the role of operations director and becomes a significant equity shareholder in onebiggroove, said: “Having worked side by side with Gordon for the best part of a decade to build Beanscene from concept through to one of Scotland’s most recognisable lifestyle brands, the fantastic opportunity to develop two completely new brands – Caffé Luna and Libertine – from scratch with support from S&N Pub Enterprises is one that I simply couldn’t pass up.
“That’s why I’m currently immersed in the recruitment and training process for the launch this month of our first Caffé Luna in Paisley and Libertine in Ayr, in addition to overseeing the fit-outs of both outlets which, I’m pleased to report, are progressing bang on schedule. Once these two outlets are up and running, our plan is to then roll-out both brands across Scotland over the next 24 months.”
Commenting on the appointment, Gordon Richardson, founder of onebiggroove, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Mo’s joined to head up our team. Having worked together for many years, there was really no-one else in the frame to help me deliver the onebiggroove concept. Mo’s appointment represents a real coup for the company and for S&N Pub Enterprises.
“Key to establishing onebiggroove as a unique cross market lifestyle and entertainment brand is the market positioning of our physical retail brands, their commercial and operational success and the ability to drive those brands to critical mass in terms of footfall and consumer buy- in. Mo’s appointment will enable us to achieve just that.”
The first Caffé Luna, an 80 capacity facility, is located on Paisley’s High Street and it is anticipated that students from the nearby university campus will comprise a significant portion of its customer profile. Regarded by Richardson as the realisation of his original vision and aspirations for Beanscene, Caffé Luna will introduce a full liquor licence and an enhanced, all day, food offering to a relaxed, music-driven coffee house environment.
The first Libertine boutique operation, meanwhile, will be situated on Ayr’s River Street where the vibe will be more bohemian and edgy than Caffé Luna’s laidback offering. Libertine includes an upstairs performance room which will offer a range of performances, ranging from acoustic music sets to stand-up comic slots and small theatre productions.
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Date 19 October 09
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