The brightest and best employers in the catering and hospitality industry joined together in September to celebrate outstanding achievements in recruitment, retention and development, which saw Home Grown Hotels, The Dorchester, Five Guys and Marston’s among those recognised for their successes.
The 2019 Caterer.com People Awards were attended by over 500 of the industry’s top professionals at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, whilst the winners were unveiled by comedian Rob Beckett.
The past twelve months have proved challenging for the hospitality sector and the awards reinforced the positive message that employers within it continue to ensure they offer some of the most rewarding careers available.
Every business recognised by the 2019 Caterer.com People Awards has acknowledged the need to change perceptions around jobs in hospitality, to stop talent passing it off as a temporary and unambitious career choice. Recent research by Caterer.com found that 97% of school children and leavers would not choose a hospitality career, due to misconceptions around working environments and prospects.
Neil Pattison, Sales Director for Caterer.com said, ‘As the entries to our awards clearly demonstrate, good hospitality employees must be retained and developed in ever more creative ways. The search for talent now goes beyond traditional hospitality territory. Employers are engaging young people, older workers, school pupils and their families, those with disability and those who need to find a foothold in life, such as homeless individuals and reformed offenders. Future employees are inside the industry, but importantly they are outside it too… and we need to reach them, as a sector, together’.
Big winners on the night included local employers Homegrown Hotels, winning the Hospitality Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award (under 1500 employees). Homegrown hotels operate local boutique properties, Limewood, The Pig and The Pig in The Wall all in the Solent region.