Shortlist Announced for Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011

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Businesses in the hospitality industry are preparing for the rundown of England and Wales’ top 30 Best Employers in Hospitality, as the 2011 shortlist is announced prior to the awards ceremony in London on June 21st 2011.

Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011

These awards give hospitality businesses, no matter how large or small, the opportunity to prove how much they value their employees.

The awards, organised by the UK’s leading hospitality recruitment specialist, seek to recognise the best employers in the industry, as voted by their own employees.

Restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, caterers, venues, and tour operators from across England and Wales will get the chance to see whether they have made the top 30 Best Employers in Hospitality – England and Wales before category winners and the overall winner is announced at a spectacular awards ceremony. The ceremony, taking place at the Lancaster London Hotel, London will be attended by over 300 industry professionals from large and small hospitality businesses across the UK.

Basil Blanco, Director of Blanco Goldfarb Associates, sponsors of the Independent Hotel Employer category, explained why the awards are important to them:

“We believe that the passion, creativity and dynamism that the industry thrives on directly results from the talent of the people within it. The people are what make the hospitality business such a great and rewarding place to be. In recognition of this we feel it an honor to sponsor ‘The Best Independent Hotel Employer’ Award.”

The awards, which were launched last year in Scotland, have attracted huge interest with businesses from right across the UK entering resulting in over 5,000 employee surveys being completed. The results are gathered using employee engagement questionnaires created by partners and talent specialists, Learnpurple. The questionnaires are distributed to the employees of each of the businesses that enter the awards.

Ian Burke of said: “These awards give hospitality businesses, no matter how large or small, the opportunity to prove how much they value their employees.”

He continued: “Knowing how important good talent is in making success of a business, we are thrilled to see such a diverse variety of organisations who are keen to attract and retain the best people through employee engagement.”

Here is the list of nominations that employees have voted through to the Best Employers in Hospitality Awards Shortlist:

Best Independent Hotel Employer

  •     Bailbrook House Hotel
  •     Dale Lodge Hotel
  •     Holiday Inn Express Canterbury
  •     St Michael's Manor
  •     The Ritz London
  •     umi hotels

Best Large Group Hotel Employer

  •     Hilton Worldwide
  •     Macdonald Hotels
  •     Rezidor Hotel Group

Best Small Group Hotel Employer

  •     Cheval Residences
  •     Hallmark Hotel Manchester
  •     Orient-Express Services Ltd

Best Medium Group Hotel Employer

  •     Abode Hotels & Michael Caines Restaurants
  •     Brown's Hotel, part of the Rocco Forte Collection
  •     The Dorchester Collection
  •     Exclusive Hotels
  •     Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel

Best Independent Restaurant Employer

  •     Busaba Eathai
  •     Mya Lacarte
  •     POD FOOD Ltd
  •     The Glassblowing House Ltd

Best Group Restaurant Employer

  •     Cote Restaurants
  •     Living Ventures

Best Independent Contract Caterer

  •     Bite Catering Ltd
  •     Baxterstorey (Transport for London Office, Greenwich)

Best Group Pub/Bar Employer

  •     Grand Union
  •     The Peach Company Ltd

Best Venue/Visitor Attraction/Tour Operator Employer

  •     Scott Dunn
  •     Walsall Football Club

Best Supplier to the Industry Employer

  •     Cherryred Recruitment
  •     De Vere Academy of Hospitality
  •     Off to Work
  •     People 1st
  •     Renard Resources
  •     Vivreau Limited

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