Steven Simpson is the general manager of one of Edinburgh’s foremost luxury boutique hotels, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had his ups and downs.
Here, he reveals his worst business faux pas and a secret lust for creating bespoke crockery.
He may be a relative newcomer to The Rutland but general manager Steven Simpson is no stranger to the hotel trade.
Having worked for a string of larger chains, such as Malmaison, Steven joined the Edinburgh hotel in summer 2015 and now oversees its running, as well as that of Kyloe Restaurant & Grill, The Huxley Bar, and Heads & Tales Gin Emporium.
The father-of-two has worked in the hospitality industry since leaving school and has worked his way up the career ladder to the enviable position he’s in today.
Operating such a diverse portfolio of venues doesn’t leave much room for time off but, when it does, Steven loves nothing better than a bit of quality time with his family.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A RAF pilot
Q: What was your first job?
A: A paper boy
Q: Describe what you do in your current role
A: I oversee the running of The Rutland Hotel, making sure that all units within it are performing well and meeting targets.
The hotel consists of 11 boutique bedrooms, five luxury apartments, an award-winning restaurant, a cocktail bar, private dining room and public bar, so it’s quite a busy job and there is always something that needs done.
Q: What’s been your worst business mistake?
A: In a previous job, I accepted a reservation for a 16th birthday party – it was a complete nightmare. There were lots of underage children trying to sneak in drink and buy drink at the bar despite me being assured it was a family and friends occasion.
Q: If you could change career tomorrow, what would you do?
A: I’d chase my younger dreams and become a pilot.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
A: Getting the position of general manager at The Rutland Hotel. It’s such a unique business with so much opportunity for autonomy.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: My six-month old son crying
Q: What are your office/business bugbears?
A: People with bad time keeping
Q: What’s playing on your iPod/stereo right now?
A: The Stereophonics’ new album – Keep the Village Alive
Q: With which other business would you most love to work/team up with and why?
A: I’d really like to team up with a quirky or unique crockery company to make bespoke Huxley crockery. I think it would work well and we would have so much fun creating ideas and presenting them to the team.