Reveals the Best Employers in Hospitality 2011

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Over 300 employers from across the hospitality industry converged on the Lancaster London Hotel last night to celebrate the best employers from the UK’s hotel, restaurant, pub, bar and catering sectors.

Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011

These are the only awards that recognise employers in the eyes of those that truly count – the employees

The 2011 Best Employers in Hospitality Awards, organised by hospitality recruitment specialist, saw winners across 10 different award categories, a ranking of the top 30 employers in England and Wales and an overall winner.

"These are the only awards that recognise employers in the eyes of those that truly count – the employees. We are delighted to see such a diverse range of businesses from large to very small represented here tonight. These businesses should be truly proud of their status as the industry’s best employers," said's Ian Burke.

Based on the opinions of over 5,000 employees working for the companies that entered, the results were gathered using an employee engagement survey designed by talent specialists, learnpurple. The results were based solely on the responses from employees and thus offer an unbiased view based on true employee perceptions.

The awards were hosted by Scottish comedian and TV presenter Fred Macaulay, with the winners being announced by X-Factor voice, Peter Dickson.

Collecting the top accolade as Best Independent Restaurant Employer and overall winner was The Glassblowing House Ltd in Plymouth, who's onus career advancement and staff wellbeing showed through in the results.

The category winners for the 2011 Best Employers in Hospitality award for England and Wales are as follows:

Best Large Group Hotel Employer - THE REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP
Best Medium Group Hotel Employer - EXCLUSIVE HOTELS
Best Small Group Hotel Employer - HALLMARK HOTELS MANCHESTER
Best Independent Hotel Employer - ST MICHAEL'S MANOR
Best Group Restaurant Employer - LIVING VENTURES LTD
Best Independent Restaurant Employer- THE GLASSBLOWING HOUSE LTD
Best Independent Contract Caterer Employer - BAXTERSTOREY (Transport for London office, Greenwich)
Best Group Pub/Bar Employer - THE PEACH PUB COMPANY
Best Venue/Visitor Attraction/Tour Operator Employer - WALSALL FOOTBALL CLUB
Best Supplier to the Industry Employer - CHERRYRED RECRUITMENT

The full list of the top 30 Best Employers in Hospitality England and Wales 2011 can be found at

For those in Scotland, attention now turns to the Best Employers in Hospitality - Scotland 2011 which is taking place in Edinburgh in September this year.

Entry for the Scottish awards is open until July 29th 2011 at which point employers must have 30% of their employee questionnaires completed. Businesses can enter for free by visiting


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