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Careers in Hospitality to Offer New Inspiration

Some of the biggest prospective employers in hospitality are set to join forces with respected industry professionals and recruiters when Hotelympia’s dedicated careers fair, Careers in Hospitality, returns to London’s ExCeL this April (28th-29th). 

Hospitality big hitters including Premier Inn, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Holiday Inn Four Pillars Hotel Group and the Royal Air Force will be on hand with vacancies to fill and advice for budding employees.

It doesn’t matter what stage of the ladder you’re on – Careers in Hospitality is relevant to anyone seeking fresh impetus and new challenges, offering the perfect platform to take advantage of independent careers advice, and benefit from a programme of inspirational FREE seminars presented by Springboard, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and the UK Housekeeping Association.

Just some of the highlights for the two-day spectacle include; Chief Executive of The Clink Charity, Chris Moore, discussing second chances in hospitality; and a culinary battle with a difference pitting Sara Edwards, HR Director of Tragus Group against Babylon Roof Gardens’ Peter Avis.

Marcus Kilvington, founder of and Customer Experience Director at, Anne Blackburn, will be discussing the best way to deal with staffing problems, while returning Hot Talent April Partridge will be imparting her experiences of two whirlwind years since being crowned as Hotelympia’s ‘one to watch’.

The young chef will also be hosting a very special event on the main Stage on Monday 28th April, bringing together influential industry leaders from the top hospitality businesses with young people to stimulate dialogue on employability skills, work experience and apprenticeships. The Big Hospitality Conversation is a joint initiative between The Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Springboard. Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants will join BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim for a session of meaningful, relevant and inspiring debate.

Toby Wand, Managing Director at Fresh Montgomery, said: “An intrinsic part of Hotelympia, and one that sets us apart from the pack, is a genuine focus on career development both for those candidates beginning their journeys and those with the desire for a new challenge. We’re confident that we have the best ever line up at Careers in Hospitality 2014, offering a stunning collection of prospective employers – a veritable who’s who of the hospitality industry – alongside a group of speakers who really have seen and done it all. I urge anyone looking to set their career on the right track in 2014 to come along and gain inspiration.”

Visitors can click here and register now for a free ticket to Careers in Hospitality saving the £25 entrance fee.

2014 will see Hotelympia move to a new four day format and be situated in one extended hall making it even easier for visitors to navigate the attractions without the disruption of the central boulevard. New, dedicated networking hubs will make the Hotelympia show-floor the UK’s biggest-ever hotbed of hospitality business activity.

Further information is available here.