Staff in bars, pubs and restaurants to be rewarded for working over Christmas

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Bartenders, managers and other hospitality staff working on Christmas Day have a chance to be rewarded for their work through a campaign by supplier Bidfood.

It is calling on its customers to nominate individuals in their outlets who will be working Christmas Day or Boxing Day this year and/or worked last year and who go the extra mile to make the festive period special for others.

Six winners will be revealed on December 1 across six categories, including restaurants, hotels and bars, pubs and pub restaurants as well as hospitals and care homes.

Each winner will receive Christmas dinner with all the trimmings from Bidfood in January and a Virgin Experience Day voucher.

The campaign will be launched on October 16, with nominations open until November 10. Nominations will be via http://www.bidfood.co.uk/bidfood-christmas-gift/.

According to the TUC, around 13,000 bar staff, 42,000 chefs, 22,000 kitchen assistants and 15,000 waiting staff work in bars, hotels, pubs and restaurants on Christmas Day.

Winners will be chosen via a panel of judges including: Bidfood’s group sales and marketing director Andy Kemp; Anne Pierce, chief executive at Springboard; Peter Hancock, chief executive at Pride of Britain Hotels; Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive at the British Hospitality Association; and Andy Jones, chair of the Public Sector 100 Group.

Bidfood’s Andy Kemp said: “We know our industry works hard to make Christmas special for everyone in the UK, with thousands giving up family time in the lead up, and often on Christmas Day itself. We want to hear about some of the standout individuals in our industry and thank them for their contribution.

“There is definitely a growing emphasis on our sector to play a bigger role in people’s Christmas celebrations. Bookings for Christmas Day dinner have gone up 241% since 2011 alone – which highlights the importance of recognising and rewarding our diverse and skilled workforce, and ensuring that working in our industry is an attractive career path for younger generations.”

Almost 14 million Britons intend to visit the pub during the festive period, making it the most popular place outside of the home to spend Christmas, according to the TUC’s Eat Out research. The Change Group reports that recruitment is on average 47% up during November and December in the hospitality industry.

Hospitality workers manage to sleep for only an average of five to six hours a night over the Christmas period, according to figures from Matthew Clark. Hospitality staff will work an average of 28 hours’ overtime over Christmas.

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