THIS week Nick Mosley interviews Adam Rice, general manager at My Brighton hotel.

What’s your background in hospitality?

I’ve been working in hospitality for 17 years.

I started in a privately owned restaurant in my hometown of Worcester and instantly knew this was the industry for me.

I moved to Oxford and joined an independent hotel group, enhancing my experience by working in a number of departments.

I’ve been in Brighton for 10 years now – having initially come down for a 12 month period at Hotel du Vin. During this time I’ve worked at Jamie’s Italian, owned two businesses, returned to Hotel du Vin and have been at My Brighton since January 2016.

What’s the My Brighton concept?

It’s a celebration of the city’s creativity.

The building interiors mix artisan tastes with soulful yet progressive design – serving as a place for work and for play.

But perhaps most importantly, it’s a partnership that brings together some fantastic experiences – like The Chilli Pickle or Merkaba and, of course, Small Batch Coffee. All with some of that Brighton pride.

What’s it like to work at My Brighton?

To work for an organisation where your voice is heard, your ideas happen and the CEO knows you personally is not only incredible, it makes you feel valued as a member of the team.

What does your average work day look like?

Checking in with the team on duty, making sure our offering is fresh, interacting with the neighbourhood and local businesses to enhance relationships.

There’s a great connection within the city and I regularly catch up with other brands/people at networking events like The Tourism Alliance.

What’s the secret of a strong team?

Communication and allowing individuals to be themselves, using initiative and taking responsibility.

Merkaba is one of the city’s leading cocktail bars, anything exciting happening soon?

We’ve a special events programme coming up… Watch this space.

My Brighton, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE • 01273 900 300