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A Hive Mind for recruitment

Talent Hive brings its expertise to the 2017 People Awards

At, we believe that in this current climate of skills shortages, getting your recruitment strategy right from the beginning is crucial in order to secure and retain the talent you need to run your hospitality business. This has to be understood right across the industry and we’re pleased that Talent Hive sees the situation exactly the way we do. We’re ecstatic to say that they are sponsoring the HR Team category at the 2017 People Awards.

Will Gennard, Managing Director of Talent Hive said, “We’ve always wanted to get involved with industry awards to recognise talent, and People Awards are an ideal platform for us to give something back and celebrate the industry as a whole.”

Kathy Dyball, Head of Marketing at said, “The HR Team shortlist in our People Awards always focuses on the amazing and inventive work that HR departments are doing across the industry. We’re very happy that Talent Hive, a company with character and a unique working style has partnered with us to sponsor this exciting category.”

After ten years within the restaurant industry and then seven years in hospitality recruitment, Talent Hive’s head honcho, Will Gennard set up the company in 2014. “I wanted to offer a more approachable recruitment solution for our clients whereby we forge a partnership and become an extended arm of their HR function,” he said, “this enables us to work more effectively on their behalf which in turn produces better results.”

Will believes that the thing that sets Talent Hive apart from other agencies is that every consultant within the company has a background in the hospitality industry. Will said, “They range from former pastry chefs through to hotel managers and they really have the inside knowledge required to make informed decisions when it comes to recruitment.”

Talent Hive has the know-how, but Will understands the concerns that employers have right now. “Chef recruitment remains an issue for most of our clients,” he says. “I’ve been working with several employers over the past few years on not only recruiting the right chefs, but retaining the talent they already have within their business. We need to change our kitchen culture and create an environment in which it becomes a desirable career to have.”

Talent Hive is bringing its expertise to a particularly competitive category as the HR Team shortlist showcases some fantastic entries from Baxter Storey, Dorchester Hotel Ltd., IHG, The Belfry Hotel and Resort and Village Hotels. Last year’s winner was Jumeirah London, who wowed the judges with impressive results in talent retention. Dawn Vermeire, Director of Human Resources at Jumeirah said, “In an employment market in which there is high competition amongst our competitors for top talent, retention can be achieved to a large extent by ensuring our workforce are engaged. We see our role in HR as critical to supporting the business with this objective, and providing the support our line managers require.” The team at Jumeirah London were thrilled with their win. Dawn remarked, “We are all very creative individuals who seek to do things differently in HR and this win has made us all extremely proud and excited about the future.”

Will Gennard feels that People Awards is an important event, “It’s a fantastic platform to enable us to recognise the super talent we have within our industry. When I was working within restaurants, there weren’t so many initiatives like this. I really feel this helps us retain talent and celebrate our industry. We are very proud and honoured to be part of this wonderful evening.”

Who will walk away with the HR Team award this year? Be there to find out. The 2017 People Awards will take place at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge on October 5th. 500 industry leaders will be in attendance, so join them at the hospitality event of the year. Tables are still available by contacting