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Entries continue to flood in for Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2015 and it looks like this year’s Awards are going to be even bigger and better than ever!
Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards are the UK’s only established, recognized and FREE to enter hospitality employer awards in the UK.
If you are a UK hospitality employer, with a minimum of 50 permanent employees, you are eligible to enter.
Here’s what some of last year’s winners said:
‘’We wanted the benefit of the external recognition that is part of winning a national award. Winning this prestigious award allows us to celebrate as a team, and also helps to attract the best talent to the business.’’ The Rezidor Hotel Group
“We will definitely enter Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards again as it would be great to see that we have kept our standards up if we win again, and if we don’t we will know it is something we need to work on!” Brian Whiting from Whiting and Hammond
“Winning Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality 2014 award made me feel humble, because it’s my team’s award. They were the ones who filled out the questionnaires and that is really humbling. Especially to win it two years in a row.” Suresh Banarse, YO! Sushi
Upon entry you will be sent a link to an online engagement survey. Just forward this to your permanent staff and encourage them to complete it by July 13th. Your entry will be solely judged on their responses, there is no judging panel for these awards so the results are truly representative.
On completion of the required number of employee engagement surveys you will be ranked against other employers who enter. The Top 50 Best Employers in Hospitality 2015 will be announced, along with the individual category winners, at a spectacular awards ceremony to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on 12th October 2015
After the awards, all employers who complete the required number of surveys will receive a FREE comprehensive report of their results from engagement experts People Insight.
Don’t miss out on being part of the UK’s most prestigious employee engagement awards!
Please direct email enquiries to BEH@caterer.com
Suresh Banarse from YO! Sushi! On winning a Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Award in 2014
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Let’s take a look at Marston’s Inns & Taverns a winner from Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2014
Marston’s Inns & Taverns employ 13,000 people across 1,700 pubs and 5 breweries, where their pubs are set in beautiful rural locations and their bars are fashionable city centre hangouts. Marston’s are rightly proud of their heritage, their people, their pubs and their beer which they have been brewing for over 180 year’s! Each venue serves an individual and well thought out family food menu but the pub itself remains the heart and soul of each business.
Marston’s believe that their career progression opportunities, development programmes and job creations, along with their investment and benefits packages and charity work are what sets them apart as an employer and gives them the edge over their competitors.
Caterer.com asked Marston’s Inns & Taverns to elaborate for us.
One of the key things that differentiate Marston’s as an employer are the career progression opportunities – We have a structured career path in place which enables Team Members with any level of experience to develop their skills and progress within the company, from Team Member level right the way through to General Manager.
We also have Development programmes – Our Keyholder and Chef Development Programmes enable our Team Members to progress either front of house or in the kitchen. The Programmes combine practical on the job experience with theory, through the completion of workbooks. We also have a Deputy Manager Programme, which equips our Assistant Managers with the skills and experience they need to become successful General Managers.
Investing in Job creation is also key – Our new build programme (we’re currently opening between 25 and 30 new builds per year) means that we’re creating many new jobs across the country. In 2013 we created 1,300 new jobs through our new build programme alone. We are also investing in our existing estate pubs – spending over £22 million. This ensures we can offer our employees a good working environment.
There is a competitive benefits package available to all our pub employees, which includes bonus schemes (for Head Chefs and Assistant Managers), privilege card (entitling employees to 20% of food and accommodation), 30% refreshment at work scheme, long service awards and a save as you earn scheme.
And finally our Charity work – We donated over £130,000 to good causes in 2013, and for every employee who completes our annual engagement survey, we donate £1 to a charity of their choice.
Through offering our employees rewards for their hard work and commitment, recognition for their efforts and opportunities for progression, we are able to ensure that our employees are highly engaged. Asking for their thoughts is our way of showing that we are truly interested in their feedback. We also make sure that when we get feedback, we act on it. We update our employees throughout the year on changes we’re making as a result of their engagement survey feedback.
Marston’s chose to enter Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2014 because the Awards are so well regarded within the industry. Furthermore, as it’s based and judged solely on employee responses, it gives us an insight into how our employees engagement measures up compared to the employees of our competitors.
Winning the award has helped us in our quest to become an employer of choice. It helps to set us apart from other large employers in the industry and is recognition of our commitment to making Marston’s a great company to work for. As a company we’re incredibly proud to have won this award, and our employees feel proud to work for a company which has been recognised in this way.
We are featuring our winner logo on our recruitment materials, careers website and vacancy adverts. It’s a great talking point for our recruiters when they’re talking to candidates. The award helps us to demonstrate to prospective employees that Marston’s is a great company to work for.
The employee engagement report which we received after the Awards and is supplied by employee engagement experts People Insight, gave us significant learning’s and our results indicate that our employees clearly care about the future of Marston’s and that they’re proud of working for us (a significant proportion would recommend our venues and products). Our results also confirmed that our employees enjoy their roles, are clear on what is expected of them and are motivated to do their best at work. It’s also been reassuring to see that we compare favourably with competitors in key areas, such as Employee Involvement, Learning and Development and Management Effectiveness.
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Entries for Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards are now open and it’s already looking like a bumper year for these prestigious awards, with a huge number of employers already registered to enter.
These are the only established, recognised and free to enter hospitality employer awards in the UK. Hospitality employers from all hospitality sectors and all areas of the UK, with 50 permanent employees or more, are eligible to enter. Entry is FREE and simple. Upon entry you will be sent a link to an online engagement survey. Just forward this to your permanent employees and encourage them to complete it by July 13th. Your entry will then be judged on their responses alone – there is no judging panel for these awards so they are truly representative.
Every employer who fulfils the minimum number of employee engagement surveys will be ranked against other employers who enter, based only on the results of the surveys. The Top 50 Best Employers in Hospitality 2015 will be announced, along with the category winners, at a spectacular awards ceremony on 12th October at Lancaster London Hotel.
After the awards, all employers who complete the required number of surveys will receive a free comprehensive report of their results from engagement experts People Insight.
Here’s what some of last year’s winners said:
“Winning Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality 2014 award made me feel humble, because it’s my team’s award. They were the ones who filled out the questionnaires and that is really humbling. Especially to win it two years in a row.” Suresh Banarse, People Director, YO! Sushi
“We’re successful in engaging with our employees because we really act on the responses from our engagement survey” Jenny Williams, Resourcing and Talent Manager, Marston’s
“It’s a survey that I’ve read in great detail now and what it says about us is what we know we live by our values. We love having fun every day; we train people as best in the industry as we can” Hamish Stoddart, Co –Founder, Peach Pubs
Will you be amongst this year’s winners? Make sure you enter and let your employees be the judge!
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What does a winning Caterer.com Best Employers in Hospitality Employer Company Look Like? Let’s take a look at Whiting and Hammond. #BestEmployers2015 @Whiting_Hammond
Whiting and Hammond is a thriving, family owned group of seven pubs based in the South East whose philosophy is to deliver fine food and warm banter. Established in 2003 by Brian Whiting and Chris Hammond when they opened The Chaser Inn, joined soon after by Darren Somerton to create the culinary delights in the kitchen. They currently employ 291 permanent staff.
The tenacious management team at Whiting and Hammond believes that the visibility of the people that run the business helps each and every one of their employees identify with the business and differentiates them as an employer. They feel that they understand their employees as individuals and appreciates they are all motivated by different things. They strive to give them the tools they need individually to reach for their goals and share the company vision.
We asked Whiting and Hammond to talk to us about Employee Engagement and what it means to them.
Q: What makes you a successful employer?
A: That we encourage our staff to develop within the company and identify their own training needs. By understanding what motivates our employees it allows us to create an environment of security and investment, this, in turn, gives our employees a stable work environment and the motivation to strive for their goals.
Q: How does employee engagement relate to this success? Why?
A: Because they see 1st hand, the commitment of the people who own the business. They are inspired from the top to care and take pride in their roles.
Q: What do you do specifically to enhance employee engagement?
A: We set standards, create brand awareness and encourage our employees to be ambassadors for the company. In return they are rewarded with opportunity to grow in the business, and earn a gold crew loyalty card after three months of service, (this offers them many extra benefits).
Q: Looking at employee engagement, what are your future plans to build on your current success and develop further to exceed expectations?
A: We have a new talent pipeline in place, where staff that have been put forward will enter a work based training scheme in order for us to produce our next generation of management as the business expands.
Q: What does winning a Caterer.com Best Employer in Hospitality Award from mean to you, to your business, and to your employees?
A: Winning an award such as this gives us nationwide exposure as a leader in our industry of keeping our staff happy. It also helps us as an award winning business, attract the right calibre of people to come and join our team.
Q: How do you feel other employers in your sector view your award win from Caterer.com Best Employers in Hospitality?
A: It’s a coveted award and they are probably wondering what we are doing that they are not!
Q: As a recruitment tool, how do you use your award to attract new employees to your business? How much impact does it have?
A: It is hard to say about the impact as we have not had the award for very long, however on a whole it showcases our beliefs in treating our staff well and rewarding them accordingly.
Q: As part of your entry to Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2014 you received a report from employee engagement experts People Insight. What significant learnings can you share with us from the report?
A: One of the main findings from the report that we found very useful is the importance our employees place on receiving regular constructive feedback from their manager in order to develop. We have taken this ethos on board and created a new innovation for the business as we move forward.
Brian Whiting comments “We will definitely enter Caterer.com’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards again as it would be great to see that we have kept our standards up if we win again, and if we don’t we will know it is something we need to work on!”
Our industry welcomes election manifestos which give a ‘nod to the importance of hospitality and tourism in the United Kingdom’, says Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association
Election manifestos from several of the key political parties have acknowledged the role of tourism and hospitality as a key contributor to the UK economy for the first time ever. This is a significant achievement for the thousands of businesses and 3 million strong workforce across the industry that have been campaigning alongside the BHA to bring about a better understanding and recognition of the industry’s contribution.
The Conservative Party manifesto pays tribute to the industry as a supporter of three million jobs and references ‘the value of the tourism industry to the UK economy.’ The document promises to speed up the visa process for tourists, invest in transport infrastructure as well as stepping up its efforts to recruit more apprentices to the sector.
The Green Party manifesto stated their support for the BHA’s long running campaign to cut tourism VAT. The BHA has been actively lobbying all political parties to lower the tourism VAT from 20% to 5% in line with competitor destinations within the European Union. Reducing tourism VAT would help attract domestic and international holidaymakers as well as allowing businesses to increase investment. The reduction would also help support struggling tourist destinations, especially coastal areas.
Welsh National Party Plaid Cymru has also pledged to reduce tourism VAT in their manifesto, pledging a commitment to make ‘holidays at home more affordable and attract foreign tourists.’
The Liberal Democrat manifesto commits to strengthening the Hospitality and Tourism Council, with Business and Culture Secretaries as co-chairs. The manifesto also pledges to give higher status to tourism within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and to empower local Tourism authorities’ decision-making powers to promote tourism propositions.
The UKIP manifesto, meanwhile, calls for the creation of a dedicated Minister of State for Heritage and Tourism, to be attached to the Cabinet Office.
The only glaring absence across the main political parties’ manifesto is the Labour party who have all but failed to reference tourism in their manifesto, beyond a token reference to promoting access to green spaces in local planning and making them an important part of ‘our thriving tourism industry.’ However, the BHA does welcome the commitment to making a swift decision on the Davies Commission review to expand aviation capacity in the UK.
For the first time ever, tourism and hospitality has been recognised as a key contributor to jobs and the economy across the manifestos of several key parties. This is a small triumph, not only for the BHA, but for the 3 million people working in our industry who together make a significant contribution to the country’s GDP. This is just the first step. Together with our members, we are calling for all political parties to work with us to support policies which unlock our industry’s significant potential to create more careers, apprenticeships, jobs, exports, growth and prosperity. We urge them to support policy reforms for growth and prosperity for all UK regions. And we have a clear message for our next Prime Minister – there is an urgency to ensure the continuation and strengthening of the Tourism Industry Council after its first year. It is imperative that we expand its influence by having the Prime Minister as its leader, uniting all Ministers towards ensuring that cohesive policies drive growth and opportunity for the people of the United Kingdom.
To find out more about The British Hospitality Association, click here.
The National Waiters Day initiative to celebrate all front of house & service staff and to encourage people into in the hospitality industry takes place on 21 May.
Inspired by Fred Sirieix, General Manager at Galvin at Windows and co-ordinated by The Springboard Charity, National Waiters Day will be a day to celebrate the excellence, dedication, hard work and discipline of all 2.5 million employees working in the Hospitality industry in the UK to inspire people about the range of dynamic and vibrant careers the industry has to offer.
Springboard, now in its 25th year, has the expert knowledge on how to support young, unemployed and disadvantaged people into a career within hospitality and Through National Waiters Day, aims to change the perceptions of careers in front of house from being seen as an unskilled job working long hours to a job that offers good skills, leads to a rewarding and sustainable career with great progression routes and amazing rewards.
Anne Pierce, CEO of Springboard said: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic National Waiters Day initiative to promote front of house and the hospitality industry as a great career choice. The proceeds raised from the initiative will go towards enabling Springboard to continue to develop and run an exciting programme for schools to encourage young people to consider a career in front of house”.
Up and down the country, a wide range of hospitality businesses will host a range of events to celebrate and educate people to join in, from a ‘skills session’, to organising their very own Waiters Race where participants will show off their combined skills of elegance, competition, and professionalism.
‘’There has never been a more exciting time to join the hospitality industry, there are opportunities everywhere for those who want them and who are prepared to do what it takes. The idea behind National Waiters Day is to bring a spotlight to the hospitality Industry and showcase what a great range of exciting careers the industry has to offer and we’ll also be having a lot of fun in the process”. said Fred Sirieix, General Manager, Galvin at Windows, London Hilton on Park Lane.
This year’s London National Waiters Day Race will take place on the 21st May 2015, 4pm, Hyde Park.
Last year over 400 front of house and service staff from Hotels, Restaurants and Food Service management companies across the UK gathered in Hyde Park for one of the biggest races in hospitality.
Winners Alex Radmore from Limewood Hotel and Branwen Summers from Joe’s South Kitchen were crowned fastest waiter and waitress of the 2014 Waiters Race.
Key headline sponsor is Bunzl Catering Supplies
In addition to the race, visitors to London Hyde Park can take part in a range of have-a-go activities that demonstrate ‘front of house’ skills showcased by key sponsors and partners.
A Students Race will take place at 3.30pm (before the main Waiters Race).
For all the information about events in your area, or to enter a Waiters Race near you, click here
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