Single mum-of-five raises entire family to work at Wetherspoons

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    A Wetherspoons-loving single mum-of-five is raising a whole dynasty to work at the budget pub chain.

    Caroline Campbell has worked at three of the popular chain pubs over the past ten years. She managed to juggle working her way up from a part-time bar associate to pub manager while raising her brood.

    And all of her children followed suit to work in Spoons boozers too – and it's all they talk about around the dinner table.

    Caroline started off at The Master Mariner, in New Brighton, Merseyside in 2013. She moved on to The Square Bottle, in Chester, Cheshire in October 2021 before running The Prense Well, in Heswall, also Merseyside, last June.

    Hard-working Caroline said: “I joined the full-time staff once all of the kids had left school.

    “It is going very well.

    “I have a really great team of more than 70 staff, who are young and vibrant and work well.”

    Caroline’s two girls are among them at her new pub – team leader Molly, 21, and part-time bar associate Aimee, 28.

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    Molly’s twin brother George started as a 16-year-old part- time kitchen associate at The Master Mariner in July 2018.

    He is now a shift manager at The Brass Balance, in Birkenhead and has also worked at The Square Bottle.

    One of her other boys Harvey, 22, is a kitchen shift leader at The Square Bottle, having also joined the staff at the age of 16 as a kitchen associate.

    He worked every summer during his university studies.

    He became a full-time team member a year ago.

    Finally, her son Charlie, 24, was a shift manager at The Clairville. He has just left the company, but Caroline thinks he’ll be back soon.

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    “He wanted to do something different and has embarked on an accountancy apprenticeship, after almost eight years with Wetherspoons,” she said.

    “Maybe he’ll be back with the company, in the future, in another role?”

    She quipped: “The grass isn’t always greener. I’ve seen many employees leave us and come back.”

    Caroline added: “Apart from Aimee, they all joined as teenagers to earn some pocket money and stayed.

    “They have seen for themselves how good the company is for progression.

    “And, with George, Molly and Harvey all still living at home, we talk about work all the time.

    “It’s a common topic of conversation around the dinner table.”


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