Renowned chef and hospitality advisor Justin North has joined forces with PR expert Stephanie Airlie to create Akin, a new creative agency for the hospitality industry, specialising in the development of food and beverage concepts across lifestyle and social precincts, hotels, restaurants and bars.
Akin will specialise in market research, concept development, operations, staffing and training, brand identity creation, marketing and PR, launch strategies and ongoing directional support and partnerships. In addition the agency will manage for clients under one roof, from concept to launch with the ambition of creating exceptional drinking and dining destinations.
North said: “In today’s market, the art of crafting authentic food and beverage concepts that resonate with consumers and culturally connect to the local community is more essential than ever. At Akin, we understand the significance of getting the fundamentals right from the beginning. Our strength lies in our operational experience and the ability to consolidate all critical elements seamlessly under one roof, ensuring a comprehensive hands-on approach.
“Hotel operators are increasingly recognising the financial importance of offering unique and relevant dining and bar concepts that align not only with guests’ values but also resonate with the local community. With a greater focus on guaranteeing guest satisfaction through offering a high quality yet approachable concept while ensuring financial viability for all stakeholders.”
North has built a strong reputation as a hospitality advisor over the last 25 years, with notable projects including the Fantauzzo Art Series in Brisbane, Ovolo The Valley, Byron at Byron, Mister Percy Ovolo Hotels, Hotel Centennial, Mount Pleasant Hunter Valley, and most recently Australia’s first Moxy hotel.
Akin co-founder Stephanie Airlie added: “My background in brand strategy, marketing and communications, coupled with Justin’s industry insights and experience cater perfectly to the unique demands of hospitality businesses. Our clients benefit from our joint expertise, operational proficiency, and unparalleled network of industry professionals, ensuring the success of any project.”