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We are open for entries! People Awards 2017

The hospitality sector may be the fourth largest industry in the UK and employ nearly five million people, but for hospitality employers the struggle to attract, recruit and retain the talent they need is ongoing and often painful. With the industry in growth, competition for candidates is sharper than ever, and the disruption of Brexit threatens to add further challenges. Long-term projections from the BHA suggest that at least 700,000 additional people will be required to fill roles by the end of the decade.

The impact of skills gaps is felt keenly on the bottom line, with productivity and customer satisfaction taking a hit when gaps in the workforce remain. So it’s good to see that so many hospitality employers are working hard to implement new and innovative methods that not only attract and recruit talent, but to retain it too.

To celebrate these exciting initiatives, is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2017 People Awards. These well-established awards showcase and reward the best initiatives in hospitality recruitment, development and retention.

Previous winners include Dishoom (Learning & Development), Jumeirah Hotel Group (Rewards & Benefits), National Theatre (On-Boarding Initiative), Byron Hamburgers (Employer Brand Campaign)  and Durham University Catering Department (Leadership in Recruitment, Development and Retention).

13 People Awards will be presented this year, it’s free and straightforward to enter and employers can enter as many categories as they feel relevant to demonstrate their achievements. For 2017, a new award has been added, recognising the great work accomplished in promoting diversity in recruitment within our industry. Entries are welcomed from hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs and food service providers of all sizes and from all areas of the UK.

Judging takes place in July, and this year’s judges include over 40 successful and highly regarded hospitality professionals. Each category has a bespoke panel of Heads of HR, In-House Recruiters, sector specialists, 2016 award winners and industry leaders. The straightforward and transparent judging process uses clear criteria and a set scoring system, to ensure entries are considered on the strength of the initiative and results. People Awards exist to reward and celebrate the fantastic work of hospitality employers across all sectors in their mission to attract the best talent, deliver outstanding experience to customers, and offer rewarding and meaningful careers to their employees.

The 2017 People Awards will take place at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge on October 5th 2017. Full details on how to enter can be found at

For all enquiries regarding our People Awards 2017, please contact