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The Top 50 Best Employers in Hospitality: as voted for by 6,000 employees


The winners of the Best Employers in Hospitality awards 2013 have been revealed.

Employers of all sizes and across all sectors took home category wins, including YO! Sushi, QMH Hotels, Harbour & Jones, Urban Leisure and The Breakfast Club. Other winners included Peach Pub Company who were named Best Large Pub/Bar Employer award for the third year in a row. The Top 50 Best Employers in Hospitality were also announced, with the No1 spot going to Jolly Fine Pubs Ltd.

The vibrant awards ceremony and celebratory dinner, hosted by comedian Hal Cruttenden, took place at the Lancaster London on the 30th of September and was attended by 380 industry professionals, representing most of the shortlisted entries. Following a drinks reception provided by Marcato Direct, guests enjoyed a delicious meal accompanied by fine wines sourced by The VineKing.’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards are free to enter and are judged by employee opinion, gathered via an online employee engagement survey provided by partners Purple Cubed.  No external panel of judges are involved and it is the employee responses alone that determine the results. It is this approach that makes these awards unique to the industry and a truly representative indication of which companies in the industry are the best employers in hospitality. Director Ian Burke explained:

“I believe that if you really want to know what an employer is like, you should ask not the employer, but the people that work for them. For the Best Employers in Hospitality Awards, that’s exactly the way it works.”

The awards are now in their 3rd and most successful year, with almost 6,000 employees taking part in the 2013 survey to determine the category winners and the employer rankings in the Top 50.

Jolly Fine Pubs Ltd Director Cedric Bosi said of their No1 Best Employer in Hospitality Award:

“We are very surprised and very pleased, it feels amazing to be the Best Employer in Hospitality 2013. Thank you to all of our employees!  We think this accolade will do wonders for our business.”

Sponsors included Part & Company, LaunchPad Recruits and EOH Business Solutions and Fresh Montgomery event Careers in Hospitality at Hotelympia.

Fresh Montgomery Managing Director Toby Wand commented:

“Hotelympia has long encouraged best practice throughout the industry. Making it a great place to work is critical for both the employees and the British economy.”

Part & Company sponsored the Best Independent Restaurant Category. Director Simon Part said:

 “Being recognised as the best in any business is challenging, especially in the competitive and constantly evolving world of hospitality.  It is hugely refreshing then that so many independently owned businesses, including many of our clients, are also being acknowledged  through these awards as standout companies to work for.”

A full list of category winners and the Top 50 Best Employers in Hospitality is available here and you can follow the conversation on Twitter too #BestEmployers2013