Over 550 people attended a ceremony at Novotel London West in the capital last night (24 November).
The awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate individuals and employers in the hospitality industry who have worked to attract and retain talent.
QHotels took home three awards, The Education and Industry Partnership Award, Best Recruitment Initiative Award, and Best Use of Digital Media to Attract Talent.
Peach Pub Company took home the Best Employer Award, while David Noble, director of James Hallam Insurance, won the Chris Beaumont Special Award for his fundraising to efforts to support Springboard over the past eight years.
The Fiona Colley Award went to Kai Palmer and Connor Pomroy, who completed Springboard’s Let’s Cook programme and will now receive a scholarship to help develop their career.
Anne Pierce, Springboard CEO, said: “The winners this year have shown themselves to be true champions of our industry, raising hospitality’s profile and attracting talented individuals into vibrant careers.”
The 2016 winners in full:
Category 1 – Promoting Careers
The Springboard Ambassador’s Award sponsored by Bestway
Gareth Billington (Sodexo)
Gather & Gather
Best Regional Initiative Award sponsored by Conviviality Plc
The Glasgow Marriott
The Education and Industry Partnership Award sponsored by Serviceline
Category 2 – Attracting and Developing People
Best Work Experience Provider Award sponsored by James Hallam
Harrison Catering Services Ltd
Best Use of Digital Media Award to Attract Talent sponsored by drp
Best Recruitment Initiative Award sponsored by Caterer.com
The Young People Award sponsored by American Express
Best Chef Development Strategy sponsored by Gram
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
The Best Housekeeping Team Initiative Award sponsored by Bonasystems
Tzveta Ivanova – The Milestone Hotel
Best Management Development Strategy
Best Food and Beverage Strategy sponsored by Handpicked Hotels
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Category 3 – Best Employment Practice
The Best Apprenticeship Strategy sponsored by Lifetime Training
Best Career Progression Award sponsored by COREcruitment
St. Austell Brewery
The Retention Award sponsored by CH & Co Group
The Community Engagement Award sponsored by Diageo
Best Employer Award sponsored by Learning Curve Group
The Peach Pub Company Ltd
Chris Beaumont Special Award sponsored by Bidvest Foodservice:
Fiona Colley Award:
Kai Palmer and Connor Pomroy