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Shortlist revealed for People Awards 2019

A celebration of the best talent initiatives in the hospitality industry

As a sector that employs 10% of the UK working population (2.9 million people) the hospitality industry has significant impact on the economy, representing 6% of all UK businesses and 5% GDP. Customer expectations on delivery are high, and it’s crucial that businesses meet and exceed these. Employees are central to their success, and as every hospitality employer knows, there just aren’t enough to go around. Some call it a skills shortage, others a labour shortage, but either way the need for innovation and action has never been sharper as hospitality employers strive to attract, retain and develop the talent they need.

The UK is still the most desirable place to work according to recent research of 21,000 hospitality employees globally, but these candidates are often exacting about their requirements and what makes an employer of choice. That’s why hospitality businesses are so focused on delivering at the highest levels when it comes to recruitment, retention and development. is delighted to announce its shortlists for the 2019 People Awards to be held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge on September 20th 2019.

Now in their ninth year, People Awards delivers the UK’s largest and most effective job board serving the UK hospitality industry. These awards applaud and reward the best talent initiatives in the sector. Hotels, restaurants, pubs & bars and food service employers are all invited to enter and truly shine a light on their successes.

“These are unsettling times for the sector, but the response of UK hospitality employers is to evolve ever more innovative and impactful initiatives to become desirable employers who nurture and retain their talent. Doing so is essential if they are to future proof their offering.” said Neil Pattison, Group Sales Director for

“ People Awards are a true celebration of the sheer hard work and talent that is abundant amongst UK hospitality employers. We received 179 entries and our panels of judges had their work cut out to select the 86 shortlisted entries across our 18 categories. We’re looking forward to celebrating with them on the 20th September!”

Tickets for the Awards evening are now available but are selling fast, so book now at

See the full shortlist here

Have you been selected for the 2019 People Awards shortlist?

We want to hear from you. We’re giving the shortlist the chance to submit a fun 15 second video showing how you would celebrate if you were to win this year! A selection of the videos will be shown at the awards and on our social channels.

Need some inspiration?

See some of the videos that were submitted last year:

Where and when to send your videos?

You can start sending them now to

The deadline for  your video submission is: 16 August 2019