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Everyman at Milburngate launches recruitment drive

Everyman has launched a recruitment drive for its brand-new cinema at Milburngate, Durham City’s landmark living, work and leisure destination.

About 45 jobs are being created at the luxury cinema, which is due to open by the end of the year, and will include team members, chefs and management roles.

With 38 locations nationwide, Everyman is one of the most innovative cinema operators in the UK, offering guests a high quality, and service-driven movie experience.  Its venues feature distinctive and stylish sofa and armchair seating, a licensed bar, food, table service, digital projection and surround sound technology.

As well as showcasing the latest movie releases, it will offer a broad programme of films, including niche screenings, and special events comprising film festivals, seasons and live Q&As.

The recruitment drive is being led by Ferne Stephenson, who has been appointed as general manager of its new Durham venue.

Ferne, who has worked for Everyman for three-and-a-half years starting as assistant manager at Newcastle and then manager at York and Liverpool, said: “It’s great to be at the forefront of recruiting a new team for the Everyman in Durham.

“We’ve got an incredibly strong culture within the business, so we’re looking for individuals who will be passionate about and committed to the Everyman ethos of creating something special that offers luxury and style. Our recruitment focuses very much on personality as the Everyman brand is all about an exceptional customer experience and service.  Hospitality experience may be an advantage but is not essential.”

Milburngate, which is a joint venture between Arlington Real Estate and Richardson, will, alongside the cinema, a 93-bed hotel and a range of premium restaurants and bars, also feature 153 built-to-rent apartments and contemporary, flexible grade A office space.

Allan Cook, founder of Arlington Real Estates, said: “The Everyman brand is renowned for its sumptuous venues with sofa-style seating and for providing customers with a high-quality experience including being able to enjoy a glass of wine and food while they watch a film.

“It is fantastic to see the cinema’s development enter its next crucial stage with the search beginning for staff to support what, we are confident, will become a leading leisure destination for Durham.”

Simon Eastwood, real estate director at Richardson, said: “The Everyman cinema perfectly complements the regeneration and renaissance of Milburngate in the heart of one of the country’s most prestigious and historic cities.

“The special appeal of Everyman’s style and polish will attract people from the local community and much further afield.”

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About Milburngate Milburngate is part of the regeneration of Durham’s riverside, led by a consortium of Arlington Real Estate and Richardson. The project includes the regeneration of Freemans Reach and the redevelopment of Milburngate House, which are on adjacent banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham City. According to the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Live’: “Durham is a lovely place to live. Beneath its glorious cathedral, you’ll find pretty cobbled streets stuffed with little independent shops and great watering holes, a beautiful river that carves its way through dramatic walls of rock and greenery, and some attractive house stock – along with a thriving buy-to-let market, thanks to all those students. One of the nicest places to live is South Street, which looks directly onto the cathedral and castle, and which inspired Sir Walter Scott. Many of its terraced houses are grade II listed; prices range from £400,000 to more than £1m.” About Arlington Real Estate Arlington Real Estate is also delivering another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker’s former UK headquarters and, at almost 100 acres, it is among the largest regeneration projects in the North East of England About Richardson Richardson is a leader in real estate and growth capital with a business portfolio that is embedded across the world. The multi-generational independent family trading and investment business began over 70 years ago in the West Midlands. Current growth capital investments include an award-winning Swiss technology company, a UK financial services business, a US based medical real estate company and the largest avocado grower in New Zealand. Real estate holdings are significant in scale and content, encompassing office, residential, distribution centres, leisure and infrastructure properties, nationally and internationally. The family continue to actively seek opportunities to back great management teams and businesses. About Everyman Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to their venues, where you swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat. There are currently 38 Everyman cinemas across the UK. Created to deliver a warm and friendly atmosphere, with an excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service.

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