The Institute of Hospitality has made two important acquisitions: The Academy of Food & Wine Service and Hospitality & Leisure Manpower.
The Institute’s chief executive Peter Ducker FIH explains how these businesses will fit into the Institute’s strategic plans regarding customer service and productivity.
“For 30 years the Academy of Food & Wine Service has provided training programmes, offering a pathway to management for those working in front-of-house service. It has run some important industry competitions and provided support to its members as the professional body for front-of-house food & beverage service.”
Hospitality and Leisure Manpower (HALM) is a national training, research and consulting group, founded and managed by David Battersby OBE FIH, a former president of the Institute of Hospitality and co-founder of the Gold Service Scholarship. HALM has developed algorithms to benchmark productivity in hospitality.
In 2001, with the British Hospitality Association, Battersby launched the ‘Profit Through Productivity’ programme with backing from the Government and key trade associations. ‘Profit Through Productivity’ provided regional workshops across the UK to help businesses increase their profits and efficiency.
Ducker adds: “Given the pressures of wage inflation and the concerns associated with recruiting and retaining talent, this acquisition will enable us to help members identify opportunities within their businesses, and will also give us a service of value to the industry at large, worldwide.”
Institute chairman Stephen Kyjak-Lane FIH MI comments:
“In 2018 the Institute celebrates its 80th anniversary. These strategic acquisitions, combined with advances the Institute is making on a number of fronts demonstrate clearly that we are as important and relevant to the industry today as ever. Over the coming months you will see these two organisations re-emerge, delivering valuable support to our great industry.”
The two organisations were previously owned by the British Institute of Innkeeping.
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Mariya Kovacheva AIH, who graduates from the Edge Hotel School this year, said: “People from HR wanted to interact with us, see what attracted us to hospitality and ask about our future goals. They are going to offer us positions. It was very good and very useful.”
Paul McDonald, human resources business partner at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, said: “What an uplifting day meeting new and exciting talent through the Institute of Hospitality. Thank you to all of those new connections whom expressed an interest in Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard.”
Graham Copeland FIH MI, group hotel director at the Zetter Group, said: “I am delighted that we could showcase The Zetter Group’s amazing career opportunities to the talented students of the universities, colleges and hotel schools attending the Institute of Hospitality Careers Fair.”
Joanne Meredith, head of human resources at The Ritz London, said: “We have met many great students today.”
The event was organised by Michael Voigt FIH, general manager of L’Oscar and Institute of Hospitality London Branch education officer. Ben Singer FIH, chair for the London Branch, Paul Evans FIH deputy dean of BPP University and student member Eleni Michael from the University of Surrey worked closely with Michael to put the event on.
The event took place at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall. Lunch and refreshments were generously sponsored by BaxterStorey. Planday, a provider of employee scheduling software, also sponsored the event.
The Institute of Hospitality is hosting a Careers Fair to match students and hospitality professionals with some of the finest employers in the country.
The event takes place on Friday 19 May (10am to 3pm) at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED
Participants are advised to bring their CVs and dress to impress. The Careers Fair is an outstanding opportunity to meet more than 30 prestigious employers who are looking to recruit new talent. Organisations at the Fair include:
Now in its seventh year, Passion4Hospitality 2017, which took place on Monday 13 March at Novotel London West, provided networking and advice for hospitality management students at the start of their careers.
The all-day programme included inspirational stories from hospitality leaders, speed networking and one-to-one careers advice, the student debating competition and the HOTS Business Game to successfully operate a virtual resort hotel.
The subject of the debate was “Hospitality is about creating experiences, not processes and procedures.” Six universities put forward teams: University of Surrey, Plymouth University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Glion Institute of Higher Education, University of Derby and University of Brighton.
The finalists from Plymouth University (Lilla Ferencz and James Cusselle pictured) and the University of Derby (Anna Derby, Marulis Elena-Cristiana and Ieuaf Griffiths) went head-to-head in front of the live audience.
Arguing for the motion, the University of Derby team said: “New generations like to spend more of their money on experiences rather than material things. Emotions cannot be standardised. Guests need more than a bed and a shower; they need a friend. Social interaction is important for our health and survival. We have to gain the customer’s trust and respect in order to generate customer value. To make them feel looked after, this cannot be achieved through standards and procedures, which make employers lose sight of the goal of connecting with the guest.”
Arguing against the motion, the Plymouth University team said: “At the core of experience is a procedure. Hospitality is like a play and, without a script, what would happen? If there’s no script, there’s no theatre. Service failure creates bad experiences because the organisation didn’t properly put into action its processes and procedures. It’s up to the customer to create the experience. If there’s no procedure, there’s no service and there’s no hospitality. Airbnb does not provide the experience. As such, they are a good example of why processes and procedures come first.”
An audience vote declared the Plymouth University team winners. Lilla Ferencz and James Cusselle received their trophy from Michael Sloan FIH MI, general manager of the Novotel London West, the venue sponsor, and from Matthew White FIH, chair of the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) the headline sponsor of Passion4Hospitality 2017.
The HOTS Business Game consisted of a competition to successfully operate a virtual hotel, setting up rate, revenue and marketing strategies for a full year. The finalists were teams from Plymouth University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Surrey. Three individuals were awarded special merit for their performances during the day: Joyce Tsang, Rowan Boothroyd and Georgia Armstrong.
The overall winners were Joseph Hoare, Victoria Stewart, Katie Bradshaw and Beth Ineson from Manchester Metropolitan University.
In second place came another team from Manchester Metropolitan University: Alex Wood, Georgia Armstrong, Callum Nicholls and Jordan Scott.
Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, said “I always come away from Passion4Hospitality inspired and energised. Students attended from across the UK and we even had a group who travelled from Hong Kong. We are delighted to see this event grow and attract more interest each year.”
The Passion4Hospitality 2017 programme featured a keynote presentation “Who’s life is it anyway?” by Ben Bengougam FIH, Senior Vice President of HR EMEA, Hilton Worldwide.
A series of panel discussions highlighted the enormous variety of opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Expert advice and comment was delivered by: Liz Hartsone FIH, Liz Hartstone Executive Search Vivien Ivanyi MIH, Glion Institute of Higher Education Daniel Healey FIH, The Bloomsbury Hotel, London Jessica Berry, Firmdale Hotels Antony Woodcock, Gig Adam Rowledge FIH, Georgian House Sophie Murray, National Association of Care Catering Juliet Price, Hotel Booking Agency Association Matthew White FIH, The University Caterers Organisation Paul Hurren FIH, Association of Catering Excellence
The headline sponsor of Passion4Hospitality 2017 was the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO). The other sponsors were: Glion Institute of Higher Education, Snapshot, Fresh Montgomery, Novotel London West, arena4finance, HOTS, The Savoy Educational Trust, The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) and Waters Productions.
Now in its seventh year, the Institute of Hospitality’s Passion4Hospitality 2017 all-day event comprises an exciting live student debating competition, a contest to manage a virtual hotel business, speed networking and a careers forum packed with expert advice and information.
Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, says: “Passion4Hospitality provides hospitality management students with a unique opportunity to meet employers and help determine their first jobs in industry. With more than 300 students attending next week from the UK and Hong Kong, we are delighted to see this event grow and attract more and more interest each year.”
The Passion4Hospitality 2017 programme features a keynote presentation “Who’s life is it anyway?” by Ben Bengougam FIH, Senior Vice President of HR EMEA, Hilton Worldwide.
A series of panel discussions will highlight the enormous variety of opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Expert advice and comment will be delivered by:
Liz Hartsone FIH, Liz Hartstone Executive Search Vivien Ivanyi MIH, Glion Institute of Higher Education Daniel Healey FIH, The Bloomsbury Hotel, London Jessica Berry, Firmdale Hotels Antony Woodcock, Gig Adam Rowledge FIH, Georgian House Sophie Murray, National Association of Care Catering Juliet Price, Hotel Booking Agency Association Matthew White FIH, The University Caterers Organisation Paul Hurren FIH, Association of Catering Excellence
In brave displays of public speaking skills, quick wit and market research, students participating in the debating competition must argue for and against the following motion: “This house believes hospitality is about creating experiences, not processes and procedures.” Six universities have put forward teams this year: University of Surrey, Plymouth University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Glion Institute of Higher Education, University of Derby and University of Brighton.
The two finalists will go head-to-head in front of a live audience and members of the Institute of Hospitality are invited to attend the live debate which starts at 4pm. Previous winners were the University of Derby, University of West London, University of Brighton, HotelSchool The Hague and Bournemouth University. Who will pick up the prestigious trophy in 2017?
The headline sponsor of Passion4Hospitality 2017 is the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO). Our other sponsors are: Glion Institute of Higher Education, Snapshot, Fresh Montgomery, Novotel London West, arena4finance, HOTS, The Savoy Educational Trust, The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) and Waters Productions.
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Now in its seventh year, Passion4Hospitality provides an action-packed day of career-focused activities and networking to get hospitality students off to a flying start in industry.
One of the key activities on the day is the debating competition, which sees the two finalist teams go head-to-head in a live battle of wits, public speaking and persuasive skills.
Participating in Passion4Hospitality can often be the start of exciting developments.
For Simrian Kur, it led to a direct contact with a BaxterStorey manager (Thomas Kilroy MIH), a company she was very interested in working for.
“A website can only tell you so much, but a person who works for the company can tell you much more about what it’s really like day-to-day,” she said.
After meeting at P4H Simrian and Thomas soon became work colleagues. In fact Simrian has worked for BaxterStorey ever since taking part in the P4H 2012 student debate. Today she is the BaxterStorey restaurant manager at City law firm Herbert Smith Freehill.
For Elsje Hugo (pictured near left), who won the debate in 2015 with her University of Derby colleagues, the experience led to lasting friendship.
She said: “We’re still very much in contact even though we are all so far from each other. The wonders of the competition built a stronger bond and friendship than we could ever have imagined.”
Today, Elsje is working as a cellar door manager at the De Grendel Wine Estate in Capetown, South Africa.
On the Bournemouth University winning team last year, Laura Ricciotti (pictured second from left) is now working in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Berlin restaurant Nobelhardt & Schmutzig. Rachael Stevens (pictured holding trophy) is now a management trainee with Elite Hotels and she is returning to P4H this year as a judge of the debating competition.
Passion4Hospitality 2017 is headline-sponsored by the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) and takes place on Monday 13 March at Novotel London West, Hammersmith.
P4H 2017 is FREE to attend. For further details click here