EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Simon Haytack, Assistant Manager at Fever & Boutique

When the sun goes down, the Islands nightlife comes alive, but what is like to work in one of the Islands hottest nightspots? Simon Haytack talks about his role with Newport nightclub Fever & Boutique.

What made you apply for the job
I’ve been with the team since they launched on the island in June 2017. I love the nightlife industry, and previously worked for JD Wetherspoon and Yates. I’ve come to know Newport and our customer base really well. I could tell from the promotions and press releases that Fever & Boutique was going to be really successful on the island, so I had to apply for it.

How have you progressed in your career?
4 years ago, I was collecting glasses and running food for JD Wetherspoon. Since then I’ve taken every opportunity to progress including social media marketing and event planning, which I continued whilst working for Yates. This experience gave me the opportunity to become Assistant Manager at Fever.

What are the challenges of working a nightclub?
At around 7 or 8 o’clock, many will be looking to settle down for the evening and others may be planning a night out with friends. Around this time, I’m heading to work. It is a very sociable job, but you are sacrificing your weekend social life to do it. Working night shifts at the weekend and adjusting your body clock to come in and do admin in the morning can take its toll.

What are the best things about your job?
It’s never boring! We’re always holding events or doing something different. We’ve got Halloween themed nights throughout October, last month we fired £5 notes from our confetti cannons and since we’ve been open we’ve hosted guests such as Joel Corey, Alex from Love Island, Melissa Reeves from Ex on the Beach ant the one and only Gok Wan!

What does your working day / night look like?
Midweek focus on the admin side, planning events, social media and marketing, plus less creative jobs like stock take and delivery. At the weekend I arrive at the club at around 7pm to help set up our sell out party booths. We open at 9pm and it’s all go from then till we close at 3am. Then we clean and close down till 4.30am and usually grab a McDonalds on the way home!

What skills do you need to succeed in your industry?
Creativity is essential. We’re constantly looking for new events to try that will engage and excite our customers. With so much going on whilst we’re open, organisation and time management are also very important for all our staff.

What advice do you have for anyone looking for work right now?
Always be on the lookout for new opportunities and never rule anything out. You just never know what the future holds or what you may enjoy doing.

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