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It's a g'day for Nottingham's restaurant scene as Aussie joins Canal Turn team

It's a g'day for Nottingham's restaurant scene as Aussie joins Canal Turn team

After relocating to Nottingham to restart his career in hospitality post-covid, Liam Morgan has joined the growing team at Canal Turn – the vibrant venue set to launch this summer as part of one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.  

Liam joins the team as sales and marketing manager, where he’ll lead the team to a successful summer launch and support with running its new restaurants – Binks Yard and Cleaver and Wake – events space, and outside plaza and bandstand. He’ll track the project’s development, create and implement marketing strategies, set up sales plans and maintain customer relations to deliver a fantastic hospitality offering for the city. Canal Turn is the first phase of the largescale £1.5 billion 36-acre regeneration project, The Island Quarter, and the team are currently recruiting for more than 80 hospitality roles ready for its opening this summer.  

Liam will work alongside head of events Ben Hicklin, head of operations Gary Whitehead, and food, beverage, and events project director John Whitehead, to launch and deliver Canal Turn and its retrospective venues to the people of Nottingham, the East Midlands, and beyond.  

Liam said:

“With the opportunity to be part of one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK in the past 20 years, joining the Canal Turn was an obvious choice. The team behind the incredible concepts for this new building and its venues are an inspirational group of people, and together we can bring our ideas to life. 

“The level of detail delivered within the individual brands, and the people who are expressing interest in being part of the venue's offerings will blow everyone's mind. We have a busy time ahead of us, but I can’t wait to get stuck in and work with the team to deliver something exceptional.” 

Having moved from Australia in 2015, Liam worked on the events floor at Shangri-La at The Shard before starting his career in the hospitality and amusement sector, working at some of London's most popular entertainment venues.  

He relocated to Nottingham during the pandemic and restarted a career in hospitality working at Brewhouse & Kitchen.  

Liam added:

“I am excited to bring innovative elements that haven't been seen before in Nottingham or the UK. The wider team comes from very varied backgrounds within the hospitality industry, with decades of experience, and I believe this will be our greatest strength in Canal Turn’s beginning.  

“The building is bringing something truly unique to Nottingham, the Midlands, and beyond and I am excited to be part of this journey. I will use my experience and forward-thinking ideas across Binks Yard and Cleaver and Wake, to ensure it fulfils its incredible potential.” 

John Whitehead said:

“The entire team are excited to welcome Liam. His vast work experience and approach will be game-changing for the venue’s success – both for the launch and its promising future. It’s important for a project this size to have an ambitious and diverse team who bring their unique qualities to the table. Liam certainly does this and we are delighted to have him onboard.” 

Canal Turn is recruiting for more than 80 hospitality jobs across a variety of levels, and the team are on the lookout for a diverse and talented team to ensure the venues are equipped for a successful opening this summer.  

To request further details or to apply, please email any queries or your CV and covering letter to or visit the website. 

To find out more about The Island Quarter and Canal Turn, please visit: 


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