During our training at Italoeuropeo Magazine, we had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview one of the most influential young entrepreneurs here in London: Stefano Potorti, managing director of Sagitter One a boutique hospitality consultancy that has its core foundation in Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Bars, Pubs & Event Management.
Despite being born and raised in Southern Italy, he has been living in the UK for the last eleven years. We asked him about his decision to leave his home country and his former job.
When and why did you move to England?
I am originally from Catanzaro, but I attended one of the most prestigious universities in Pisa. Then, in 2003, I moved here because I felt that Italy was too small for me and my ambitions. As I didn’t speak English at all, I started working in the kitchen of a restaurant. My boss noticed I had a natural managerial predisposition towards restauration, for this reason I got promoted to manager.
I still remember that moment as a miles stone in my career. Few years later I was collaborating with the vice-president of Bulgari for the development of the restaurant chain “Obika”
You are the Managing Director of a company called Sagitter One. What does your job consist of and how do you select the members of your staff?
I work as a consultant. My role is to help the ones who are interested in opening restaurants in the UK. This is a unique job that doesn’t exist in Italy. I have a very small staff but they are carefully selected. I don’t really care about CVs and certifications; I choose them according to their skills and flexibility.
What are the advantages and the disadvantages that an Italian might experience living in London?
I am lucky enough to live in the most beautiful city on earth. London is the capital of the world (economy-wise). The only drawback is that everything is lived in a hurry, with no much time for social life. I find my reward in the higher standard of life and in the opportunities that only London can offer.
What are your future plans?
I would like to expand my business in China, USA and Russia because of their growing economies. Although my parents hope I will go back to Italy one day, I prefer to live in London and grow professionally.
Do you miss Italy?
I do get nostalgic sometimes and I miss the sea and the sunshine the most, but I know Italy is just a two-hour flight away.
How do your clients get to you?
Mostly by word of mouth.
How do you invest your money?
For my company I want to invest on technology, trying to focus on the latest tools. My next goal is to move to a bigger office.
If you had to do the same thing now, in a time of financial crisis, would you?
Definitely, because people will always eat out, restoration is in a process of continuous booming.
For further information, go to::http://www.sagitterone.co.uk/
For further information, go to:http://www.sagitterone.co.uk/