The Independent Management School for Independent Bar & Restaurant Businesses


From the ancient to the futuristic there are few things quite as multifarious as a restaurant. It is a business, a hobby, a passion and a calamity. Between a restaurateur and a chef, or the two combined, it takes ingenuity, business acumen, creativity, technical expertise, design or artistic sensibility, accounting sense, literacy, people skills, public relations proficiency, marketing know-how, negotiating talent – and it helps if you can cook. – William Sitwell, The Restaurant: A History of Eating Out

At Watershed we are proud to work alongside some of the very best independent bar & restaurant companies in London and the UK. Together we develop their managers and chefs to enable exceptional rates of promotion from within.

We run open programmes on management and personal effectiveness.

  • Founders Programme: a five-day programme scheduled five days over five weeks. Focused on multi-site challenges, these run three times a year and cost £1450.00 + VAT
  • Good to Great – for experienced managers: a five-day programme scheduled five days over five weeks. These run every other month and cost £845.00 + VAT
  • Building Strong Brigades for head chefs and chefs with management potential:  a three-day programme scheduled three days over three weeks. These run every month and cost £575.00 + VAT
  • The Badge – for chefs and managers new to leadership:  a two-day programme scheduled two days over two weeks. These run quarterly and cost £395.00 + VAT

And we work in-house designing and delivering programmes to suit you.

Coming up soon:

  • Good to Great Online

    'Good to Great' is back - all five Wednesdays in June
    'The Badge' is back - Thursday 10 & 17 June
    Clerkenwell, C London