Alessandro Perocca, Deputy General Manager at Oslo

I have now been working for DHP Family for over 5 years and I truly feel like the company not only has provided me with a great working opportunity but it has also invested in my development, allowing me time to grow in a challenging industry while also enabling me to meet some of the most talented people I have worked with.

Coming from Italy with little knowledge about business and hospitality, after spending a few years behind the bar I was supported towards a more senior position and mentored into finding my own strengths and leading style.

I joined DHP Family to work at Borderline, attracted by the history of the venue that hosted performances by legends of music such as REM, PEARL JAM and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Working the bar and listening to live music was the dream but what kept me hooked were the people I was lucky enough to meet at work.

So yeah, I joined for the music and to work around people, which is something I have always craved for. Was also lucky enough to work in other venues such as the Garage in Islington and ultimately settling down at Oslo, one of the most attractive spaces in East London where I now cover the position of Deputy General Manager.

My path towards management was fairly fast but challenging and with COVID hitting our sector hard, it was difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel but… this is DHP Family we are talking about which meant during such challenging time I found compassion, patience and awareness and once the pandemic was over I was back on track, learning about adaptable businesses
and training through the different layers and dynamics of managing a venue.

I like working at DHP because I was always allowed to be myself and from the very beginning felt like someone cared about what I was doing. I like DHP because it’s a family and whenever I needed understanding, someone from that big family was there to listen.

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