Due to open this summer, the building was donated rent-free by McDonald’s as the principal benefactor of Hospitality House. Industry suppliers and employers including Gram Commercial, Electrolux, Heineken, Compass Group UK, Hilton and People 1st have also rallied to the cause, providing sponsorship and state of the art equipment for the facility.
The Guild’s executive director Suzy Jackson, pictured donning a Hospitality Guild-branded hard hat, said; “This is such an exciting day. After all our hard work and the incredible generosity and support of the industry, we’re finally starting work.
“That we’ve managed to get from a dream of having a state of the art training facility to actually making it a reality in less than a year is mind-blowing. It really illustrates how we unite the hospitality industry and the faith that the industry has in the Hospitality Guild to take professional development in our sector to a whole new level.”
Facilities will include a training and demonstration kitchen, a training bar, café, meeting rooms, video conferencing, space for events and offices for the Guild and other partner organisations to promote collaborative working.