Bar operators among winners in best employer awards

and co at central and coUrban Leisure Group, The Breakfast Club, Jolly Fine Pubs and The Roof Gardens in London are among winners in this year’s Best Employers in Hospitality Awards.

Urban Leisure Group was named best employer in the medium pub/bar category, beating off competition from other leading operators such as Be At One cocktail bars. The group operates six venues across the capital including Graphic, Central & Co (pictured) and The Alice Houses.

Run by leading online job board, the awards recognise the achievements of companies operating hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars. They are not judged by a panel but independently by the employees of the companies who enter via an online survey provided by Purple Cubed.

Hezi Yechiel, director of Urban Leisure Group, said: “We are thrilled to have won this award which is made all the more special as it is voted for by our own staff. Our staff are fantastic and this is all credit to them.”

Urban Leisure Group invests in its employees including numerous training, development and team-building exercises throughout the year – this year, staff events have included the ULG Olympics, The Great ULG Bake Off and a trip to the wine cellars of Venice.

Peach Pub Company was named best large pub/bar employer while Jolly Fine Pubs won the award for best small pub/bar employer. Jolly Fine Pubs also went on to win the overall award for best employer in hospitality.

The Breakfast Club group, which operates six contemporary all-day cafés across London, was named best large independent restaurant employer. Its sites also include cocktail bars The King of Ladies Man in Battersea and The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town in Shoreditch, with another Breakfast Club and bar due to open soon in London Bridge.

The Roof Gardens club and restaurant in Kensington, part of Virgin’s Limited Edition business, was named best medium group restaurant employer while The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington – home to Apero bar – took the title of best medium independent hotel employer.

Other winners included Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, which includes the River Bar and the Gallery Bar, for best medium group hotel employer, and QMH UK, operator of 12 Holiday Inn, 3 Crowne Plaza and 3 Best Western hotels around the UK, for best large group hotel employer.

Other winners were Koh Thai tapas restaurants in Bournemouth, Bath and Portsmouth for best medium independent restaurant employer, The Runnymeade-on-Thames in Egham, Surrey, for best large independent hotel employer, Yo! Sushi for best large group restaurant employer, Cantina Laredo for best small independent restaurant employer, Mya Lacarte in Reading for best small independent restaurant employer with under 20 employees, Harbour & Jones for best medium contract caterer employer, Beales Gourmet for best small contract caterer employer, Holiday Inn Express in Burnley, Lancashire, for best small group hotel employer, and Birchover Hotel Apartments in Derby for best small independent hotel employer.

Click here for the full list of finalists.

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