Industry gears up for National Waiters’ Day

The Springboard Charity is calling on hospitality workers to get involved in this year’s National Waiters’ Day on May 16.

On the event’s fifth anniversary, waiters and front of house professionals will be racing through London’s Hyde Park and other locations across the UK, to celebrate and promote front of house roles.

The day aims to showcase the dedication, skills and hard work of hospitality staff and the great potential for rewarding careers in the hospitality industry, which employs 2.9m people in the UK.

Alongside the waiters’ race, there will be careers talks and taster days, while the @WaitersDay_UK Twitter account will lead the social media campaign with the hashtag #NWD2017. Everyone can use the hashtag ahead of and on the day, whether tweeting a front of house team photo, or a photo from a National Waiters’ Day activity.

Fred Sirieix, general manager at Galvin at Windows, said: “I’m excited to once again lead the race and celebrations in Hyde Park this May 16 – to be celebrating our fifth year of National Waiters’ Day is a wonderful milestone!

“It’s essential that we promote the ocean of career opportunities hospitality has to offer, celebrate the hard work of front of house professionals, and encourage more people to begin great careers in hospitality. With all the opportunities available, you can work hard and be rewarded with success – there has never been a more exciting time to join this special industry.”

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s chief executive, said: “National Waiters’ Day was created to increase awareness of the range of roles available in front of house, and at the same time, to celebrate the work of the millions who work in the industry. It’s the ideal opportunity for jobseekers and businesses alike, with activities ranging from skills challenges to talks, and of course the waiters’ race!”

The event is sponsored by Bunzl Catering Supplies and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. To register a National Waiters’ Day event or to sign up visit

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