Two well-known figures in hospitality have combined their own successful businesses to accelerate operational excellence for individuals and underpin organisational success for a multi-site audience. 
Nick Bish, formerly Chief Executive Officer of ALMR (now UKH) and founder of the Operations Managers Awards has merged his Transition business with Karen Turton’s Purple Story consultancy, and he becomes its new chair. Karen Turton assumes the position of Chief Executive Officer in the expanded business. 
Karen set up Purple Story in 2019 after a career in senior operations roles with Spirit Pub Company, Nando’s and Turtle Bay. She previously worked with Nick at Transition as its Learning and Performance Director. 
Karen, CEO of the new-look Purple Story, said: “Over the past year it became increasingly clear that Purple Story and Transition share a vision to drive commercial success through developing performance in people. By merging the businesses with Nick as our chair, our future is in safe hands as we work towards breaking the £1m turnover milestone in 2024. Nick brings with him not only Transition’s strong client base but also his long-held connections with licensed retail industry leaders.”. 
Nick added: “I am so excited by the new challenge as Purple Story continues to grow and build a reputation with a wide range of ambitious organisations. Our vision is to liberate the latent talent within skilful individuals so they can realise their own ambitions, and businesses can retain the skills that drive profitability.” 
Transition’s focus was on resolving the leadership gap experienced by under-prepared individuals being thrown into a multi-site role and this is now the Transition Development Programme, reaching a wider audience in different disciplines and different sectors. This is all incorporated into Purple Story’s over-arching ambition to become the go-to creative agent for operational excellence - developing people-focused ambition that always delivers commercial return for organisations. 
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