Institute Fellows in Queen’s Birthday Honours

City of Glasgow College

Willie Willie McCurrach FIH and Norman Springford FIH have been awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Curriculum head of food at City of Glasgow College, Willie McCurrach FIH (pictured above), was awarded the OBE for services to education in the hospitality industry. He said the honour was “absolutely incredible”.

“I’ve been in the job for 50 years and I still love it. I love seeing the students move forward and I enjoy nurturing their skills while they’re here. Seeing their knowledge develop and being able to work with such incredible staff is the real honour.”

McCurrach has been working at the college since 1978 and in that time has mentored hundreds of students – including Scotland’s National Chef and MasterChef 2016 winner Gary Maclean. He has made pancakes for HRH Prince Charles and won countless awards including the industry’s most prestigious accolade, the Catey Award.

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Norman Springford FIH, executive chairman, Apex Hotels, was awarded an OBE for services to the Scottish tourism industry. Apex Hotels is a Company Patron of the Institute of Hospitality.

Springford said: “Our company was founded on the principle of good old fashioned hospitality and service with a smile. Fast forward 22 years and we still remain as committed as ever to extending a warmer welcome to every guest in all of our hotels.

“The success of the Apex brand comes down to the tremendous work of the amazing, talented and dedicated people working across the group. I am humbled to receive this honour which is testament to a huge team effort.”

 

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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

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

Institute of Hospitality Showcases Student Research in New Digest

Digest coverThe Institute of Hospitality has published its inaugural Annual Digest of research by students from universities and colleges that are members of its Education Membership Scheme.

The subjects explored in the research papers include sophisticated menu engineering; the impact of the airbnb on the UK hotel industry; revenue management in ski resorts; and waffleshop franchises.

Alistair Sandall FIH, the Institute’s head of professional development, says: “We thank the students for their submissions to this inaugural Annual Digest. Thanks too must be passed to their lecturers for encouraging them to submit their research. ”

“If through this publication we can bring new insights and ideas into the bright lights and away from university shelves,  hopefully we can help to create closer links and ties between educators and practitioners.”

The following students’ research is showcased in the Digest;

Rosie Magurie, BA Professional Culinary Arts, University of Derby

Haroon Khan Afridi, MSc International Hotel Management, University of Surrey

Mara Leidi, BSc International Hospitality Management, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Ida Davidsen, UG studies BSc (Hons) Hospitality Leadership and Management, Leeds Beckett University.

The Institute has 75 universities and colleges on its Education Membership Scheme, adding up to more than 3,000 student members across the world.

Download the 2017 Digest Here

Submissions for the 2018 Digest will be open from September with a deadline of 31st October. Full information can be found by downloading the Institute of Hospitality Digest Submission Guidelines.

If you have any queries, please email digest@instituteofhospitality.org

If you would like your college or university to get involved but are not yet members of the Institute, contact the Membership Department on 020 8661 4900 or membership@instituteofhospitality.org

 

 

 

Dates for your diary in 2018

To help you plan the New Year, we have brought together dates of interest to hospitality operators, including major sporting events, trade exhibitions, conferences, Institute of Hospitality events, and the introduction of new legislation.

8 January 2018RMOY 2018 logo copy (4)
Restaurant Manager of the Year 2018
Royal Garden Hotel, London
Organised and hosted by the Institute of Hospitality.

15-16 January 2018
The Master Innholders General Managers’ Conference
Principal’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London
‘The Spirit of the Time’ is the title of this year’s must-attend event for hotel managers.

26 January 2018
Institute of Hospitality Sussex Branch Annual Black Tie Dinner
Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, Midhurst

5-6 February 2018
Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI)
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Mumbai
India’s most important hotel investment conference.

9-25 February 2018
Winter Olympics
South Korea

5-8 March 2018
Hotelympia
Excel, London
The UK’s market leading hospitality and foodservice event ( 82nd edition).

12 March 2018
Institute of Hospitality Passion4Hospitality 2018
Novotel London West, London
The Institute of Hospitality’s flagship student and industry networking event.

20-22 March 2018
IFEX 2018
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Northern Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event.

April 2018
New Acrylamide Legislation
Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.
Read guidance from the Food Standards Agency

1 April 2018
UK National Living Wage Increases
From £7.50 an hour to £7.83 (for 25 year olds and over)
Other pay increases include a rise in the rate for 21-to-24 year olds by 4.7% from £7.05 to £7.38 an hour, the rate for 18-to-20 year olds by 5.4% from £5.60 to £5.90 an hour, a 3.7% increase in the rate for 16-to-17 year olds from £4.05 to £4.20 an hour and a 5.7% rise in the rate for apprentices from £3.50 to £3.70 an hour.

4 April 2018
Gender Pay Gap Reporting Deadline
Private and voluntary sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees will be required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce, based on a pay bill ‘snapshot’ date of 5 April 2017, under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The first reports must be published by 4 April 2018. Read guidance from ACAS

9 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Fellows’ Dinner
An evening of high-quality food and drink and exclusive networking.
The Royal Automobile Club, London

12-13 April 2018
Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) National Leadership & Development Forum 2018
Celtic Manor, Newport
HCA celebrates 70 years with the theme of ‘Delivering Today, Enhancing Tomorrow.’

14 April 2018
The Grand National
Aintree, Liverpool

19 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch: Student of The Year Awards 2018
Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

6-8 May 2018
Food & Hospitality Africa 2018
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, SA
A gateway to the African market. With a footfall of over 6 600 of visitors over three days in 2017 – more than 80% of whom make or influence decisions.

11 May 2018
23rd Institute of Hospitality Awards for Professionalism Northern IrelandNI awards 1 web res
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Formerly known as the Janus Awards, the largest event within the Northern Ireland Branch calendar.

19 May 2018
Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Windsor Castle, UK

19 May 2018
FA Cup Final
Wembley, London

25 May 2018
EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Introduced
Members have free access to our ‘Get ready for GDPR’ Management Guide

26 May 2018
UEFA Champions League Final
Kiev, Ukraine

14 June – 15 July 2018generic
FIFA World Cup
Russia

2 -15 July 2018
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
London

7-29 July 2018
Tour de France
France

19 -22 July 2018
British Open (Golf)
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

20-22 July
Rugby World Cup Sevens
San Francisco

3-5 September 2018
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Olympia, London
The UK’s leading showcase of fine food & drink with more than 850 producers.

28-30 September 2018
The Ryder Cup (Golf)
France

16-18 October 2018
Independent Hotel Show
Olympia, London
A diverse collection of suppliers and expert insights from business sessions.

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World Travel Market
ExCeL, London
The global meeting place for the international travel trade.

21-22 November 2018
Sleep 2018 – The Hotel Design Event
London
For 11 years, Sleep has led the market as Europe’s premium event for hotel design and development.

November 2018 (date to be confirmed)
Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference
The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
More than 250 senior figures and decision makers involved in all aspects of hotel and tourism investment in South Asia expected.

 

Keep Calm and Control Costs in 2018

Melvin GoldThe UK has been a country of uncertainty in 2017, fuelled by the drip-drip of 24-hour news. On a macro level it seems that 2018 will see more of the same: Brexit, terrorism, politics, economics and much more besides, writes leading independent hotel consultant Melvin Gold FIH as he makes some predictions as to what lies in store.

But Britons have proved themselves to be resilient folk as has always been the case. Yes, there is much to complain about and much to worry about, but the country fundamentally keeps calm and carries on.

It is perhaps surprising that hotel markets in both London and the regions are ending 2017 in positive territory, strongly so in the case of London. Nonetheless, the second half of 2017 has been tougher, as economic factors produced headwinds and the supply pipeline increasingly moved from the drawing board to reality. Inbound tourism has boomed, the weak pound having seemingly magnetic properties. For the time being the UK appears relatively cheap. That has benefitted London, Edinburgh and the country’s most popular tourist cities.

The brave souls at PWC put their necks on the line every year in preparing the hotel sector’s most widely available forecast. For 2018 they forecast London’s RevPar growth at 2.4% and the rest of the UK at a similar 2.3%. If those levels are achieved, they are likely to be similar to UK inflation, so not much in the way of real growth, but given the way the news is reported and some of the retail figures, it could be far worse.

Of course there are variances by specific location and market, too complex to discuss here. It is also also worth reminding ourselves that regional UK is not a single hotel market, and neither is London.

Although the uncertainties connected with Brexit have adversely affected the currency to create the tourism boom, most hoteliers are more concerned about its effects on costs rather than revenues. The currency change, perhaps exacerbated by the uncertainties of future rights of work and residency, has seen some European workers relocate to other countries. The value of their remittances home was affected by the currency movement. Increasingly hoteliers and restaurateurs bemoan staff shortages and recruitment difficulties and if this prevails – which it probably will – it is likely to cause a more competitive labour market and wage levels rising. The Autumn 2017 budget saw the announcement of a 4.4% increase in the National Living Wage in any case, which is well beyond sector revenue growth forecasts.

Notwithstanding that, there remains a quantum of new hotels still to enter the market in many towns and cities. PWC took that into account in their forecast but nonetheless those hotels need staff and even if they are supported by demand growth they may imbalance the labour market.

This is not the only cost pressure, though. Pension contributions, imported food and beverage, energy, and property taxes are all likely to rise. Thus it is likely that 2018 will be a year which, if hoteliers have reason to complain, it will be about staff shortages and rising costs. Revenues may give less cause for complaint, other than the fact that they fail to keep pace with costs which impacts margin. In such an environment it is the smartest and canniest operators that will have least grounds for complaint.

One thing sure to distract from the other headlines and create inflows of tourists is a royal wedding and we will have one of those in May 2018. Tourism chiefs and hoteliers will raise a glass to the happy couple.

Melvin Gold FIH, is a leading independent hotel consultant and commentator.
More about him and the range of services offered by his company can be found at: www.melvingoldconsulting.com

Members of the Institute of Hospitality will receive your annual statistical report ‘Spotlight on Hospitality’ at the start of 2018, packed full of informed insights into the year ahead. Remember to renew your membership to secure this and many more benefits in the coming year.

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The Royal Wedding will be a welcome boost for hoteliers and tourism chiefs in 2018

Dates for your diary in 2018

To help you plan the New Year, we have brought together dates of interest to hospitality operators, including major sporting events, trade exhibitions, conferences, Institute of Hospitality events, and the introduction of new legislation.

8 January 2018RMOY 2018 logo copy (4)
Restaurant Manager of the Year 2018
Royal Garden Hotel, London
Organised and hosted by the Institute of Hospitality.

15-16 January 2018
The Master Innholders General Managers’ Conference
Principal’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London
‘The Spirit of the Time’ is the title of this year’s must-attend event for hotel managers.

26 January 2018
Institute of Hospitality Sussex Branch Annual Black Tie Dinner
Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, Midhurst

5-6 February 2018
Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI)
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Mumbai
India’s most important hotel investment conference.

9-25 February 2018
Winter Olympics
South Korea

5-8 March 2018
Hotelympia
Excel, London
The UK’s market leading hospitality and foodservice event ( 82nd edition).

12 March 2018
Institute of Hospitality Passion4Hospitality 2018
Novotel London West, London
The Institute of Hospitality’s flagship student and industry networking event.

20-22 March 2018
IFEX 2018
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Northern Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event.

April 2018
New Acrylamide Legislation
Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.
Read guidance from the Food Standards Agency

1 April 2018
UK National Living Wage Increases
From £7.50 an hour to £7.83 (for 25 year olds and over)
Other pay increases include a rise in the rate for 21-to-24 year olds by 4.7% from £7.05 to £7.38 an hour, the rate for 18-to-20 year olds by 5.4% from £5.60 to £5.90 an hour, a 3.7% increase in the rate for 16-to-17 year olds from £4.05 to £4.20 an hour and a 5.7% rise in the rate for apprentices from £3.50 to £3.70 an hour.

4 April 2018
Gender Pay Gap Reporting Deadline
Private and voluntary sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees will be required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce, based on a pay bill ‘snapshot’ date of 5 April 2017, under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The first reports must be published by 4 April 2018. Read guidance from ACAS

9 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Fellows’ Dinner
An evening of high-quality food and drink and exclusive networking.
RAC Club, London

12-13 April 2018
Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) National Leadership & Development Forum 2018
Celtic Manor, Newport
HCA celebrates 70 years with the theme of ‘Delivering Today, Enhancing Tomorrow.’

14 April 2018
The Grand National
Aintree, Liverpool

19 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch: Student of The Year Awards 2018
Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

6-8 May 2018
Food & Hospitality Africa 2018
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, SA
A gateway to the African market. With a footfall of over 6 600 of visitors over three days in 2017 – more than 80% of whom make or influence decisions.

11 May 2018
23rd Institute of Hospitality Awards for Professionalism Northern IrelandNI awards 1 web res
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Formerly known as the Janus Awards, the largest event within the Northern Ireland Branch calendar.

19 May 2018
Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Windsor Castle, UK

19 May 2018
FA Cup Final
Wembley, London

25 May 2018
EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Introduced
Members have free access to our ‘Get ready for GDPR’ Management Guide

26 May 2018
UEFA Champions League Final
Kiev, Ukraine

14 June – 15 July 2018generic
FIFA World Cup
Russia

2 -15 July 2018
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
London

7-29 July 2018
Tour de France
France

19 -22 July 2018
British Open (Golf)
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

20-22 July
Rugby World Cup Sevens
San Francisco

3-5 September 2018
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Olympia, London
The UK’s leading showcase of fine food & drink with more than 850 producers.

28-30 September 2018
The Ryder Cup (Golf)
France

16-18 October 2018
Independent Hotel Show
Olympia, London
A diverse collection of suppliers and expert insights from business sessions.

5-7 November 2018wtm_image_-_reduced2
World Travel Market
ExCeL, London
The global meeting place for the international travel trade.

21-22 November 2018
Sleep 2018 – The Hotel Design Event
London
For 11 years, Sleep has led the market as Europe’s premium event for hotel design and development.

November 2018 (date to be confirmed)
Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference
The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
More than 250 senior figures and decision makers involved in all aspects of hotel and tourism investment in South Asia expected.