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The winners of these prestigious awards demonstrated determination and an unrivalled understanding of their industry and their workforce.

Winners Announced

The UK’s bravest and best hospitality employers are creating innovative programmes to recruit, develop and retain talent.

Boasting incredible standards and quality of service in some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world, the UK hospitality sector provides jobs to 7% of the working population and despite the uncertainty of an approaching Brexit, business continues to be strong.

The industry is constantly undergoing change and development. Candidates faced with a range of job choices are becoming more decisive in what they want from their employers. Applicants are negotiating salaries, selecting benefits and hours to shape the career path that’s right for them. The well-documented skills shortage is being felt across the country and hospitality companies must work doubly hard to stay relevant to candidates in this competitive space. With audacious programmes and initiatives, UK hospitality employers are rising to the occasion to attract, develop and retain the talent they desperately need amidst high competition.

The bravest and best of these initiatives were celebrated on October 1st, at the glittering People Awards 2018. Comedians, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker hosted the ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge which was attended by over 500 industry professionals.

Best practice by employers garners best results: the winners of these prestigious awards demonstrated determination and an unrivalled understanding of their industry and their workforce.

Neil Pattison, Sales Director for said, “Congratulations go out to all of the shortlisted and especially to our winners. The work being done to nurture great talent in this sector should not be underestimated. It’s a really challenging market and at we’re proud to work with all of these amazing employers.”

Our shortlisted employers overcame turnover issues among casual employees, balanced their rewards & benefits offerings, nurtured emerging talent, addressed candidate experience, improved diversity problems, developed better on-boarding and completely reinvented their employer brands.

The winners of the 2018 People Awards are Dishoom, LEON, Hilton UK & Ireland, Cote Restaurants Ltd., Mandardin Oriental Hyde Park London, De Vere, National Theatre Commercial Operations Department, Radisson RED Glasgow, TGI Fridays UK, The Grand, Brighton and The Royal Garden Hotel.

These and many other amazing initiatives are testament to the dedication that hospitality employers have to their businesses and importantly, their employees. Over the coming months, we’ll be talking to each of our amazing winners and taking a close look at their work. People Awards are the perfect opportunity for employers to not only celebrate their teams and their hard work but to share with each other what they have learned, enabling this amazing industry to grow.

The 2018 People Awards wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable help of its sponsors, Headline Sponsor, StartMonday, Platinum Recruitment, Appetite 4 Recruitment, COREcruitment, Lifetime Training, JWR, Peoplebank, Admiral Recruitment, Catering Scotland, Good&Co. and SmartRecruiters.

The Winners in full:

Candidate Experience – Dishoom

Employee Engagement Programme – LEON

Emerging Talent Initiative- Hilton UK & Ireland

Learning & Development – Cote Restaurants Ltd

Employer Brand Campaign – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London

On-Boarding Programme – De Vere

Rewards & Benefits – National Theatre Commercial Operations Department

Launch Campaign – Radisson RED Glasgow

HR Team – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London

In-House Recruitment Team – TGI Fridays UK

Diversity – National Theatre Commercial Operations Department

Leadership in Recruitment, Retention & Development – The Grand, Brighton

Ambassador to the Industry – Matthew Rowledge, Royal Garden Hotel

See the photos from the 2018 People Awards here