Hospitality UK* reported last year that the hospitality sector employed 3.2 million people and produced £130 billions of economic activity. It represented 10% of UK employment and third largest private sector employer. Hospitality is the largest sub-sector of the tourism industry, employing around three-quarters of its total workforce. Its contribution to the overall UK employment rate is impressive, being one of the seven top employers in every region in the country (11% employment across all regions).
Despite the historical figures, most occupations in hospitality, in 2019, are still perceived as “low-skilled” by the general public, making its appeal and recruitment rates poor compared to other industries.
Yesterday we attended BITES Live 2019. Hospitality business leaders shared thoughts with us on challenges and opportunities within the sector. A lively thought-provoking day, the speakers addressed independent F&B businesses, well-known pub and restaurant chains, food retailers and consultants. The common goal: to be inspir
ed, gain valuable insight and exchange experiences.
The “Top 100 most loved eating out brands” were presented by market research company Savanta in a report, charts and a video shedding light and insight on consumer behaviour and what makes customers loyal to brands. NB. Their report, which we now have copies of, is due to be launched later this month.
People and homegrown talent were very much highlighted at The Restaurant Show 2019, at Olympia, this year. We were blown away yesterday by the home-grown talent on display, especially given the alleged current skills shortage.
NATIONAL CHEF OF THE YEAR, NCOTY 2019
Firstly, what an exciting National Chef of the Year competition. If you were there, you would have celebrated for sure. Our competition talent pool – representing the “best of the best” – displayed an incredible culinary journey to create, innovate and wow.
We watched illustrious chefs Clare Smyth MBE (first female British chef to retain 3 Michelin stars) and Phil Howard (proprietor of 2 Michelin-starred The Square Restaurant) collaborate with peers, on the judging panel, representing the best and brightest culinary talent today. You could only watch on in awe and wonder: How could they possibly choose the “best of the best”?