Bournemouth University does a ‘Double Take’ at Passion 4 Hospitality

Bournemouth Uni goes WILD at P4H 2014!
Bournemouth Uni winners and their lecturer Crispin Farbrother (upper right) go WILD at P4H 2014!

Hospitality management students were given a flying start to their careers as their talents for public speaking and decision-making were put to the test at Passion 4 Hospitality (P4H), the annual debating competition and careers forum organised by the Institute of Hospitality.

Teams from seven UK and EU universities competed during a day devoted to giving students successful starts to their careers through focused advice and networking.
Bournemouth University emerged as the winners of both competitions running during the day: the live P4H debate and the HOTS business competition to run a virtual hotel.

As he presented the winning teams with their prizes, Arthur De Haast FIH, chair of the Institute of Hospitality Executive Council, said: “I’m astounded by the polished performances we have seen today and that they come from people who have not even finished university yet.  In addition to your full-time studies, you voluntarily chose to be part of this event and these competitions and that makes you stand apart from those who didn’t.”

P4H 2014 Debate Team Winners from Bournemouth University
P4H 2014 Debate Team Winners from Bournemouth University

As part of their prize package, the winners are offered work placements with JW Marriott, Lancaster London, IHG and Jurys Inn.

The live P4H debate was won by Michael Daw, Lewis Greenwood and Rebecca Jagger from Bournemouth University.

Rebecca said: “It’s been a great day; very well-organised and well-structured which allowed us to take part in the competition heats, and attend the panel discussions and speed networking sessions.”

The HOTS Business Game to run a virtual hotel was won by Ellen McCausland, Oliver Palmer, Yasmin Okerika, Hannah Styles and Ben Sansom, also from Bournemouth University.

HOTS Winners from Bournemouth University
HOTS Winners from Bournemouth University

The very worthy runners-up in the live debate and the HOTS Business Game respectively were 2013’s debate winners, the Hotelschool The Hague, Holland, and IMI University Centre, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Other participating teams came from the well-respected hospitality and tourism programmes at University College Birmingham, Sheffield Hallam University, University Campus Suffolk and the University of Derby, Buxton.

The P4H Live Student Debate was expertly moderated by Russell Kett FIH, Chairman of the HVS London Office. Judges for the event were industry managers Sally Messnger FIH; Gillian Hayes FIH, vice-chair, Institute of Hospitality; Thomas Kilroy MIH, social business manager, Baxter Storey and Simrian Kaur Gujra AIH, graduate trainee manager, Baxter Storey.

The Institute thanks the following P4H 2014 sponsors who provided their generous support for this student learning and networking event: Gram UK; Austin Reed Corporate; Fresh Montgomery; Harbour & Jones, CHME, HOTS, Arena 4 Finance plus the venue sponsors University College Birmingham and The Studio, Birmingham.

To get involved in Passion 4 Hospitality next year – either as a student or a sponsor, please contact Jeff Duah-Kessie on 020 8661 4900 or email:


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Webinar: capitalise on your hospitality property with the right Property Management System (PMS)

ImageThe latest in a series of popular Institute of Hospitality management webinars explains what a Property Management System (PMS) is and how you can use it to increase profits and reduce costs.

PMS expert Roger Smith from Hotel Impact gives you the lowdown on this important piece of software and detailed information on how to select and use the right Property Management System for your hospitality property. A good PMS can improve customer care, perform revenue management functions, interact with Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and much more.

Register now for tomorrow’s webinar (11 March 2014, 3pm). Members can register for FREE and non-members pay only £15!

Book HERE or ring 020 8661 4907.

New Fellows for the Institute of Hospitality

New Fellows for the Institute of Hospitality

Chief Executive Peter Ducker welcomes some of the Institute’s newest Fellows at 2014’s annual Fellows Dinner.

What fine fellows

Pride of Britain’s Peter Hancock talks about what happens behind closed doors at the Institute’s annual Fellows Dinner…

Peter Hancock

February – Grosvenor House

Seldom able to refuse a speaking request these days, I found myself in front of the Institute of Hospitality Fellows’ Dinner in the guise of auctioneer. What a lovely evening it was, too, with an excellent meal and service in convivial company. The auction was far from the disaster I had anticipated and the institute’s president, Sir David Michels, took a light pulling of the leg in good spirits.

The IoH does a lot to support aspiring managers in our industry and it was great to see so many “Fellows” bidding up the prices for the Janus Foundation and Clink charities. One of the lots was a cookery experience at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons which was valued at £2,000 but actually sold for £3,000!

I am most grateful to our friends at Temple Spa who contributed a luxurious prize.

Sincere thanks also to Peter Ducker…

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100 days until the British Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2014

The British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014
The Institute is providing its members with a special Summit rate.

The countdown has begun to the 3rd annual British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014. The 2014 Summit brings together leaders from hospitality and tourism industry to discuss and debate the issues affecting the industry now and in the future.

Key topics for 2014 include: international and economic competition, technology & innovation, green agenda & future proofing and people talent pipeline. A new addition includes round table discussions designed to encourage dialogue and debate and there will many opportunities to network.

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association said: “The British Hospitality & Tourism Summit is a pivotal date in the industry calendar. It is a veritable melting pot of ideas where highly experienced and creative individuals from the UK and internationally come together to discuss the issues which are really affecting our industry.”

The Institute of Hospitality is proud to support the British Hospitality & Tourism Summit. Institute members can benefit from the special BHA member rate by looking for the email offer sent 24th February, or by emailing: and requesting the Institute member code.

Testimonials and Registration can be found HERE.

Follow @BHAsummit and join the conversation #BHAsummit

For further information contact: Mala Patel, Events Manager, Bench Events, T: +44 20 3318 5800 ext 8; M: +44 7930 573 621. E:

Mental Health and the Workplace: a UK Call to Action

Employee well-being is essential to employers and society

Prepare to be shocked by the statistics provided in a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report on UK workers’ mental health and the costs to employers and society. The report states the UK spends “about £70 billion a year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP in lost productivity at work, [on] benefit payments and health care expenditure.” Disorders such as anxiety and depression affect approximately one million claimants in the UK who receive support through the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or other working-age benefits. More worrying is the increased risk of further unemployment, which could exacerbate the disorder and result in those affected dropping below the poverty line.

The media has cited the UK’s long working hours compared to its EU neighbours and linked long hours and employee stress to mental disorders. Both employers and health care providers have a significant role to play in addressing mental health issues before they spiral out of control. Employers should keep an eye on staff performance and wellness. If an employee exhibits any mental health issues, it is imperative to address the matter when it arises because there will be a greater chance of preventing the employee’s health from deteriorating.

The Health and Work Service (formally the health and work assessment and advisory service), as recommended by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sickness absence review, is due to commence in 2014. The service will provide advice and support to employers who have staff members with sickness absence over 4 weeks in duration. The service will also be available to GPs and employees offering them a bespoke return to work plan.

The OECD acknowledges that recent “spending cuts can worsen the medium and long-term fiscal and social costs” for the UK. To remedy the costs of mental health disorders on workplaces, the OECD has some recommendations:

  • Ensure the new Health and Work Service policy (announced in 2014) is implemented across the board and with a strong focus on those still in work;
  • Increase attention to mental health and increase resources to ensure better employment outcomes for those with mental health issues;
  • Build on integrated health and employment interventions; and
  • Expand access to psychological therapies for those with a common mental disorder.

If you are still unsure about how mental health issues affect your business’s bottom line, try the Workplace Wellbeing Tool to work out the costs of poor employee health to the organisation. The tool can also help create a business case for taking action. Employers needing further assistance to address stress-related or mental health issues in the workplace should try the following reliable resources:

Institute members are encouraged to use the BusinessHR resources, located on the Institute’s home page under Information Services, for FREE support and resources for employers, managers and supervisors.

For further information about the OECD report, visit OECD Report or contact Shruti Singh, the author of the report (tel. + 331 4524 1948) or Spencer Wilson from OECD’s Media division (tel. + 331 4524 8118). For a copy of the report, journalists should contact