This role takes the biscuit!

19 January 2019

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Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Joe Reade, owner of Island Bakery, Isle of Mull to discuss their Operations Manager role. 

I wasn’t nervous about the interview, I know Joe well, but I was very concerned I would fall off my diet and face plant in to a box of their delicious Lemon Melts (other makes are available and very tasty; however, Lemon Melts are my favourite!).  Let’s take a moment to appreciate this fine biscuit.                        

As I was keen to bring the Operations Manager role, Island Bakery and Mull to life I decided to work with the talented Alasdair Satchel of Struthach Films to film my interview (link below).  

Having moved to Mull from Edinburgh there were lots of changes for me and they have been all positive.  In my opinion, the best things about life on Mull are:

  • The people; it’s a very close community.  There are always lots of events on, especially over the winter when the tourist season is over, when many locals get the time to breathe again (April to October is the tourist season).
    • Island Bakery is one of the few employers to offer year-round employment.
  • The island; Mull is one of the best connected of the Inner Hebrides with relatively short and frequent ferry services and good travel connections. 
  • The scenery; I love being next to the sea, having walks in the forest, playing with the kids on one of the beaches (many of which look like something you would find in the Maldives); see image below. 
  • The vibe; a typical traffic jam here involves a herd of Highland Cows or some sheep on the road.  People do work hard but you don’t have city stress. 
  • Place to raise kids; there are lots of pre-school groups and school class sizes are small.  My son, Connel is 9 and is keen for more freedom and he gets it.  He can go out to play and I don't know exactly where he is, but I know he will be home when I ask, well most of the time anyway! 
  • Things to do; your diary can be as busy as you want it to be.  We have several great sports and other clubs and societies, plenty to offer in traditional and contemporary arts and culture.  There are also some award-winning restaurants, local food producers and the freshest seafood!
    • I saw KT Tunstall in Tobermory and we have also had performances by The Proclaimers, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Newton Faulkner,  and comedians Stewart Lee, Mark Steel, Ed Byrne and loads more….

The not so good bits:

  • None, I love it!
  • However, if you live for going to the shops at the weekend you will have to be happy to swap that for meeting a friend in a café for a chat or plan a weekend away now and again.
  • If you love clubbing then you will have to swap this for the infamous Mishnish Disco or seeing a live band in some of our fine hotels and pubs.

The video below brings this unique opportunity with Island Bakery on the gorgeous Island of Mull to life.  We hope you enjoy it.

Island Bakery is a small, successful business with ambition.  If you are looking for a change of lifestyle to go with a new opportunity, then please email your CV to or call Denise on 01688 302664.  We would love to hear from you.

p.s. have I said their biscuits are amazing?





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