Institute of Hospitality Awards 2018 Winners

280 hospitality professionals came together this week (19 June) to celebrate the very best in people development at the Institute of Hospitality Annual Dinner & Awards.

web BaxterStorey -talent development team of the yearTalent Development Team of the Year – BaxterStorey
Sponsored by Tchibo

BaxterStorey’s nine-month graduate programme fast tracks candidates into managerial roles. Now in its seventh year, it receives over 500 applications from hospitality graduates per year, proving how popular and recognised the programme is.

In 2017, BaxterStorey launched its newest training initiative: the Service Academy. Designed to ensure hospitality staff across the business are equipped with skills and confidence to provide a service to rival that of a five-star hotel, the initiative is the first of its kind within the hospitality industry. It was developed by graduate Gabrielle Le Roux AIH who successfully completed the WSET Wine Educator programme and led the application for BaxterStorey to become the first UK Contract Caterer accredited to deliver WSET courses. This also makes her the first APP educator within the foodservice industry, and she is responsible for running the training available to all 8,500 BaxterStorey staff.

web PPHE Group winnerBest Student Placement of the Year –  PPHE Hotel Group
Sponsored by Pitmans Law

PPHE Hotel Group’s you:niversityplus undergraduate placement programme has been crafted into a learning curriculum specifically designed to support the students’ development and journey in accordance with the Springboard INSPIRE kite mark. PPHE has engaged with several UK and Netherlands based universities, including Surrey, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Birmingham, Chester, Sunderland, and Stenden Hotel School.

Sixteen successful students (out of 140 applications) went through the selection process.
Regional training manager Paresh Vara said: “Inducting our students in the right way was important to us. We wanted them to feel welcome and know that they had made the right choice by joining our company. We designed a ‘Fresher’s Week’ full of great induction activities, starting on their first day with our company induction workshop: Connect!

“A Whatsapp group was created prior to the arrival of the students. We also provided them with an induction workbook, the Discovery Book to track their learning and serve as a reference tool throughout the placement. Their Fresher’s Week also consisted of a hotel welcome, a “get to know London”, using Twitter and Instagram to snap #landmarkselfies. Their week ended with a treasure hunt across the London hotels.”

web Hilton - best grad schemeBest Graduate Scheme of the Year – Hilton UK & Ireland
Sponsored by Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne

 Hilton UK & Ireland’s Management Development Programme was introduced in 2012 with the objective of developing the future talent pool for operational roles (assistant/departmental manager). The overall aim is to cultivate and prepare individuals who have the potential and drive to reach at least departmental manager status within 18 months. Their experience includes two nine-month hotel placements in the UK covering two main areas in each placement (F&B and front office), five residential workshops and two business-driven projects.

The graduates are assigned a hotel senior leader as mentor and also have a ‘graduate group leader’ who oversees four or five of them as a peer-group to provide additional support, guidance and direction. Since the programme’s inception in 2012, it has successfully filled 58 leadership positions.

web outstanding award Enam AliOutstanding Contribution to the Industry – Enam Ali MBE FIH
Sponsored by JING

Enam Ali MBE FIH is among the most prominent British Asian personalities and the man behind revolutionary change in the curry industry. He began his community work by establishing numerous trade associations in the 1990s and published the industry’s first and leading trade publication, Spice Business Magazine, in 1997. Subsequently he founded the Annual British Curry Awards in 2005 which is dubbed as the ‘Curry Oscars’. He is also the founder of multi award-winning restaurant Le Raj and recently established a training restaurant Le Raj Academy @ NESCOT college. Alongside this, Ali has developed outstanding relationships in the political arena as a member of the Home Office Hospitality Advisory Panel. In 2009 Enam was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for his services to the Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant industry.

web judges special award The Grand FolkestoneJudges Special Achievement AwardRobert Richardson FIH and The Grand, Folkestone
Sponsored by Planday

Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality, commented: “Robert has demonstrated a tireless energy and determination to support colleagues, using creative and inspiring methods to attract and retain an engaged and enthusiastic team despite not having the funds and support of a big brand behind him.”

The following organisations were Highly Commended by the judges.

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Best Graduate Scheme Highly Commended – Concord Hotels

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Best Student Placement Highly Commended – The Ritz 

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Talent Development Team Highly Commended – Good Hotel London

The Institute of Hospitality Annual Dinner & Awards 2018 were generously supported by the overall sponsor workforce collaboration software company Planday. The other event sponsors were Meiko and aslotel. The venue sponsor was Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The judges were Angela Maher, Head of Hospitality School at Oxford Brookes Business School; Wendy Sutherland, Managing Director, Ramsay Todd; Alex Wilson MIH, House Manager at Rocco Forte Hotels.

If you would like to register your interest in entering the 2019 awards or attending the event please email your contact details to events@instituteofhospitality.org and we will keep you updated.

Thanks to all those who attended and shared the event via social media. Follow the conversation #IOHAwards on Twitter – @IoH_online

 

 

 

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Green Earth Appeal and Lightspeed ePOS host Carbon Free Dining event

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Lightspeed ePOS and Green Earth Appeal have partnered to host the first event for Carbon Free Dining, a ground-breaking initiative aimed at introducing a more sustainable model for UK restaurants.

Under the programme, Carbon Free Dining plants a tree on behalf of a restaurant for every bill they present. Lightspeed ePOS then provides their platform to any restaurant under the initiative, subject to the number of trees a restaurant plants.

The initiative is already revolutionising the way local businesses and their customers give back to the environment in the fight against deforestation, extinction and global warming, having planted over 500,000 trees in more than 17 countries.

It has received support from three-Michelin star celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, James Martin and Gregory Marchand, who have since signed up their respective restaurants to Carbon Free Dining.

As part of the launch, Lightspeed and Green Earth Appeal are inviting the hospitality industry to Haz restaurant, East London, on 19th June, for an event focusing on how to create a sustainable restaurant model that will increase profitability by responding to the needs of today’s consumer. Members of the panel include Peter Hemingway, influencer and community manager at the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), and Sandy Jarvis, sustainability advocate and Head chef of the renowned Culpeper restaurant in Shoreditch.

Lightspeed ePOS and Green Earth Appeal provide a cost-effective way for restaurants to showcase their corporate social responsibility at zero cost to the business.

Satinder Bindra, former director of communications for United Nations Environment, has been a strong advocate of the collaboration, stating, “[This is] an outstanding initiative which successfully merges the luxury of eating out with the joy of knowing we are simultaneously giving something back to nourish our planet”.

 Similarly, CEO and Founder of Lightspeed Dax Dasilva has also commented that, “Lightspeed was founded on pushing boundaries, empowering business and putting culture before code. By defining a new paradigm, we are redefining the industry. Carbon Free Dining is just one more step towards offering our ePOS partners and their customers a seamless way to achieve their own goals”.

 Register here for your free ticket here.

About Carbon Free Dining
Carbon Free Dining is a ground-breaking environmental certification programme managed by The United Nations Environment partner, Green Earth Appeal in partnership with Lightspeed. Simple to implement, Carbon Free Dining offers certification to those restaurants who demonstrate their passion for the environment. Carbon Free Dining-certified partners empower their diners to plant a tree in the developing world to counterbalance the environmental impact of their meal.
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About Lightspeed ePOS
Lightspeed ePOS is a cloud-based solution for independent restaurants and a Business Partner of the Institute of Hospitality.
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The remarkable rise of Starbucks in China

56 alan hepburnOur man in Shanghai, Alan Hepburn FIH, provides an analysis of Starbucks’ expansion in China, a country with no tradition of coffee-drinking. What lessons are there for other western businesses looking to break into this vast market?

Last week I was sat in the 30,000 sq ft Starbucks Shanghai Roastery, about five minutes walk from my apartment in Shanghai. I was there for a business meeting, trying to decide between Sumatran, Ethiopian or Nicaraguan, when I realised I was next to a couple of friends. After a quick chat, it occured to me that even in a city of 35 million people with change being constant and exponential, it’s a small world.

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Howard Schultz at the opening of Starbuck’s Shanghai Roastery in December 2017

I arrived here in 2000 as manager of the Portman Ritz Carlton and remember chatting with Howard Schultz when he came to open the first Starbucks in the city (Beijing opened the first one in China in 1999). I somewhat naively asked if he was planning on opening many? He looked somewhat incredulous at my ill-judged question. “We expect 100 in the first year,” he said. They now have 3,000 stores in China and are opening one every 15 hours – projecting 5,000 by 2020.

I was new to China and frankly had not observed much coffee-drinking going on. But what I had missed was … well, pretty much everything.

What Starbucks saw in China was four things: firstly the growth potential in the middle/upper middle class who want to buy an upscale Western experience.

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The floor space of a Starbucks in China is substantially bigger than in the West. People have business meetings, social gatherings, go on dates and get interviewed for jobs in China’s Starbucks. The saying here is: “The first two thirds of your cup is for enjoying, the last third is for staying.” Three quarters of all coffee drunk in China is consumed by 25-35 year olds and 99% of retail coffee sales is instant, but that will change.

Secondly, Starbucks’ growth in China shows the importance of not removing the essence of what makes you successful elsewhere, but shows how this needs to be adapted. As Roy T Bennet once said: “The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence.”

The Macha Frappuccino (220 – 440 calories depending on size) is a huge seller here. Green tea powder, loads of cream, milk and vanilla syrup and not a hint of coffee in sight. I have struggled in the past to get a simple espresso, as very few people are drinking them in China. But that will change.

The Roastery here is a modern-day F&B masterpiece with all the theatre of coffee roasting, artisan bread-making and stunning retail. But take a look at what people are consuming and it’s a lot less coffee than you might expect. But, as I say, that will change.

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The Chinese are not big coffee drinkers, but that has not been a barrier to Starbucks’ success

Thirdly, brands which understand progression from entry-level to premium do very well here. There are famous dumpling shops where you pay four different prices according to where you consume the same dumpling.

The last thing Starbucks understood was marketing. Their social media presence was well-established and generally ahead of most Western brands in China during its first decade here. The rest tried catch-up and some succeeded but most failed. Telling your brand story here needs content and context and it better be entertaining and fun. I spoke with the head of marketing for one of the world’s biggest and coolest sports fashion brands two years ago and he was telling me they had just moved into mobile platform selling. That’s like arriving today in Scotland and telling them you just invented whisky.

Sadly, many Western brands can’t grasp the speed of change and that the Chinese consumer is dynamic, developing and learning quickly. By the time many companies work out their ‘China strategy’ the market may have moved or changed.

I’ve lost count of the number of UK companies (including the famous ones) I speak to and meet with who bring a rigid ‘what made us successful in the past will determine all our action for the future’ attitude and end up closing shop, heading home and blaming China.

Don’t get mad, get prepared. Starbucks’ next Roastery opens in Milan, the home of great coffee and design.  But before we mention coals and Newcastle, I’m betting Starbucks have that well-covered too.

Alan Hepburn FIH has spent more than 30 years in Asia in the hospitality and lifestyle sector. Having run some of the world’s best hotels , he then developed, opened and operated China’s first luxury lifestyle company: the multi-award winning Three On The Bund in Shanghai. The Hepburn Group is a Shanghai/Singapore-based boutique consultancy that works with hospitality and F&B companies from the West, helping them navigate the challenges of market-entry and growth in China and Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus groups on female leadership

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts on equality in the workplace? Do you work in tourism, travel, hospitality or events?

The University of Greenwich is carrying out research to understand how women regard opportunities to develop onto executive-level posts in the industry.

It does not matter what type of organisation you work for. The researchers are interested in hearing your thoughts. They also want to hear from men – how men perceive opportunities available to women in the workplace is also relevant.

Your involvement in a focus group would give the research team an opportunity to understand your thoughts on the skills required for leadership roles, and how support could be made available that would be recognised in the industry. The aim of the research is to develop a Female Leadership Developmemnt Programme for the Tourism Industry.

A focus group will be held on the following date at the following locations:

  • Thursday 24th May 12.00 – 2.30 Ulster University
  • Tuesday 29th May  12.00 – 2.30 University of Strathclyde
  • Monday 11th June 12.00 – 2.30 University of Greenwich
  • Wednesday 13th June 12.00 – 2.30 University College Birmingham

Food and drink will be provided and travel will be re-imbursed to the value of £10.00.  If you are interested in participating in the research, please contact Dr Menna Jones by e-mail on: m.t.jones@gre.ac.uk

Picture MTJ(3)Dr Menna Jones
University of Greenwich
Department of Marketing,
Events and Tourism
Business Faculty
Greenwich Campus
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
London
SE10 9LS
Tel. +44 (0) 20 8331 8311

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A focus group takes place at the University of Greenwich on 11 June

 

Emirati and Italian Architects win Second Annual Bespoke Access Award to Champion Accessible Hospitality

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Robin Sheppard, Baroness Celia Thomas, Maher Hadid (MnM Studio Architects)

At the second annual special event held at the Palace of Westminster on April 18th, MnM Studio Architects, along with Maria Brighenti and Marcello D’Orsi, were announced the joint winners of the 2017/18 Bespoke Access Awards, a design competition to create accessible solutions, run in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and featuring a prize fund of £30,000.

MnM Studio devised an innovative accommodation solution based around the four senses of smell, taste, sound and sight, with extensive use of Braille throughout. Termed “empathy through aesthetics”, the system aims to support the emotional state of the guest, while maintaining a distinct visual appeal via a stylish, curved design.

“’Empathy through aesthetics’ perfectly encapsulates what we are aiming to do with the Access initiative”, commented Baroness Celia Thomas, Chair of the Judging Panel and Patron of the Awards. “The emphasis placed on the emotional state of the guest was particularly impressive, given this is an area that is often overlooked.”

Alongside MnM Studio, freelance Italian architects Maria Brightei and Marcello D’Orsi were successful in the Architectural category, as well as being announced joint winners of the overall Celia Thomas Prize, worth a total of £20,000. Their design, which focused on the means through which existing accommodation can be renovated with the disabled traveler in mind, concentrated on the public spaces of hotels, and how subtle enhancements can be made to significantly increase the ease with which they are passed through.

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Robin Sheppard, Baroness Celia Thomas, Marcello D’Orsi

“I was particularly struck by the attention they had paid to the customer journey through reception and the lobby areas”, commented Alan Stanton, Stirling Prize-winning architect and member of the Judging Panel. “These are areas often overlooked by both architects and business owners alike, and it is easy to think of them as merely transient. But they can significantly improve or disrupt a guest’s experience, so it was exciting to see them highlighted and approached with such care.”

“The architectural community across the country has really embraced the Access Awards since their launch in 2016”, added Jane Duncan, RIBA Immediate Past President. “It is tremendously encouraging for the future of accessible tourism to see this year’s awards attracting interest from around the world, as well as ideas shining a light on some of the more often-overlooked aspects of disabled travel.”

The competition attracted submissions spanning the length and breadth of the UK, as well as from across Europe and Asia. Entrants competed across an expanded range of categories, including Product Design, Architecture, Service Applications (Digital) and Service Applications (Training). Alongside the overall Celia Thomas Prize, worth £20,000 and believed to be the largest cash prize in the UK for a design concept.

“We were extremely pleased to see the competition attracting a truly global roster of entrants this year”, said Robin Sheppard FIH, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels and recently appointed Hotel Sector Champion for Disabled People. “The Access Awards continue to grow and evolve, but the high quality of entries ensures our collective focus remains on improving the experience for all hotel guests, whether disabled or otherwise.”

The entries were judged at the turn of the year by a panel which included Paralympic gold medalist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Stirling Prize-winning architect Alan Stanton, Baroness Celia Thomas, Tom Perry, Head of the Cities Programme at the Design Council, Graeme Whippy, Disability Specialist for Channel Four, Alastair Hignell CBE, alongside Robin Sheppard.

Full list of winners:
MnM Studio Architects, Dubai
Joint Winners of the Celia Thomas Prize

Maria Brighenti with Marcello D’Orsi, Italy
Joint Winners of the Celia Thomas Prize

MnM Studio Architects, Dubai
Joint Winners of the Architecture Category

Maria Brighenti with Marcello D’Orsi, Italy
Joint Winners of the Architecture Category

Wilson Mason LLP, Lancashire
Winners of the Product Design Category

Purcell, London
Winners of the Service Applications (Training) Category

Neatebox Ltd, London
Winners of Service Applications (Digital) Category

Full list of judges:
Robin Sheppard, Chairman, Bespoke Hotels Group
Celia, Baroness Thomas of Winchester, House of Lords
Alan Stanton OBE, Stanton Williams
Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Paralympic Gold Medallist, House of Lords
Graeme K Whippy MBE, Disability Specialist for Channel 4
Alastair Hignall CBE, Trustee of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation
Tom Perry, Head of the Cities Programme at the Design Council
Sarah Weir OBE, Chief Executive of Design Council
Paul Gregory, MCIBSE, MSLL, Global Specification Director for Dyson.

www.bespokehotels.com/access
#BespokeAccess

HQ explores the talent pipeline

001_HQ_SPRING_2018_SPINE.pdfYour latest issue of HQ (second quarter 2018 issue 48) is landing on UK doormats this week. It explores the talent pipeline from a number of perspectives.

Where is our next generation of leaders and senior managers coming from? It is a question often asked  in hospitality management and education circles. Your latest issue of HQ Magazine is packed with answers and opinions on the matter.

Our chief executive Peter Ducker FIH is impressed with the talented and enthusiastic young hospitality management students coming out of universities and colleges. It is up to all of us to ensure they find ways to achieve their full potential within our sector and that we do not lose them to other industries, he says.

Still just 32-years-old, Adam Rowledge FIH is a rising leader on the UK hotel management scene and a superb role-model for new entrants. Our in-depth interview showcases the importance of creating the right culture within the workplace that allows talent to grow and shine.

A UK government review into higher education is now underway, concerned about choice and value for money within a system where almost all institutions are charging the same price for courses. The review may mean some tourism and hospitality courses will either need to change their approaches radically or risk becoming obsolete, says John Swarbrooke of Plymouth University

Of course, a university degree is by no means the only route into a successful hospitality management career. Sue Williams FIH MI, current Hotelier of the Year, is just one of hundreds of professionals who started their careers with the Concord hotel management programme.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Glen Harrison MIH reveals all about this unique on-the-job training scheme which specifically targets youngsters coming out of FE colleges who do not want to go to university.

Other contents in this HQ Magazine

  • Peter Jones MBE FIH – Why has the government dropped the T level in hospitality?
  • Passion4Hospitality 2018 – re-live the excitement of our largest ever student and industry networking event
  • The end of business as usual – Angela Roper FIH on vertical disintegration in the corporate hotel industry
  • A winning partnership – how Sheffield Hallam University and Hilton are working closely together
  • Cybercrime and GDPR – what businesses need to do to protect themselves
  • Tableware trends – creativity is all the rage but weird, wacky (and unhygienic) are definitely out

 

 

Gender balanced management teams make for safer and more engaged employees, Sodexo study finds

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Study of 50,000 Sodexo employees finds teams with gender diversity achieve better results across the board

International services company Sodexo has found teams managed by a balanced mix of men and women are more successful across a range of measurements including employee engagement and health and safety.

The five-year study of 70 Sodexo entities across different functions represents 50,000 managers worldwide and tested the performance implications of gender-inclusive work culture. The study examined women across all levels of management – not just upper-level leadership positions – in order to investigate the “pipeline” that will ultimately affect gender balance at the top tier of businesses.

Sodexo’s study found that non-financial factors can also significantly benefit from a more equally structured leadership, with benefits including;

Gender-balanced management reported an employee engagement rate that was 14 percentage points higher than other entities

Gender-balanced entities saw the number of accidents decrease by 12 percentage points more than other entities.

Gender-balanced entities had an average client retention rate that was 9 percentage points higher than other entities.

Gender-balanced entities had an average employee retention rate that was 8 percentage points higher than other entities

Operating margins significantly increased among more gender-balanced teams than other teams.

The pattern of results indicated that a near-equal balance of men and women in management was critical to observing gains in financial and non-financial KPIs. Once the proportion of women in management exceeded 60%, the benefits plateaued, confirming that a mix between 40% and 60% is necessary for optimal performance.

Analysts also found a direct correlation between the percentage of women in the total workforce and those in management, indicating gender-balanced workforces and leadership create an environment supportive of career growth for women. This lends support to the idea that gender parity in top leadership is closely related to the pipeline of women in the workforce.

Sodexo, already a leader in diversity & inclusion, is breaking new ground in gender parity. Today, women represent 50% of its board. Thirty-two percent of senior leadership positions are held by women globally – a 6% increase at the very top levels since 2013.

Middle management and site management positions are balanced at 46%. Currently, 59% of the total workforce works within gender-balanced management.

The Sodexo Gender Balance Study originated in 2014 with Sodexo’s desire to improve its gender parity in leadership throughout the management of its 425,000 global workforce and to expand previous outside research on gender parity in the workplace.

The full report can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2tmBIbm