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Essentially Catering Magazine - February 2019

        Industry News

        BII Licensee

        of the Year


        Entries are
        now open for
        this year’s BII
        Licensee of the                              Big up Travelodge,
        Year award, sponsored by Sky.
          The British Institute of Innkeeping’s
        competition is open to managers, lessees,    say unemployed
        tenants and free traders. Last year the
        competition saw over 200 entrants from
        across the country vying for the top spot. As   parents
        well as the title of Licensee of the Year, the
        winner will receive a year’s free Sky Sports
        Pubs and Clubs subscription for their venue.  Travelodge, the UK’s first budget
          Licensees can either nominate themselves   hotel chain, has launched a new recruitment programme
        or be nominated by colleagues, customers or   targeting mums and dads looking to get back into work by
        suppliers at Entrants must have   offering jobs with hours that fit around the school run, a work
        been operating their business for a minimum   buddy and access to management training.
        of two years, hold a Personal Licence and have   The programme is designed to help attract some of the UK’s
        a food hygiene rating of 4 or 5.             2 million plus unemployed parents into hospitality, as part of
          Mike Clist, the BII’s CEO, said: “The BII   the company’s plans to open 100 hotels over the next five years,
        Licensee of the Year Award has always had a   which will create up to 3000 new jobs. Jobs will be available
        way of finding the industry’s brightest stars   across the company’s hotels and head office – including roles in
        and we are sure that 2019 will be no different.   reception, restaurants, housekeeping and head office.
        The winner this year will need to be a licensee   To design this new initiative, Travelodge commissioned a
        who excels in all aspects of running a licensed   survey with YouGov to gain further insight into the challenges
        hospitality business and be an ambassador for   unemployed mums and dads are currently facing. Key findings
        our fantastic industry.”                     included the following:
          Deadline for nominations is                ●  86% of unemployed parents would like to return to work
        28 February 2019.
                                                     ●   59% of parents reported that the scarcity of jobs with
                                                        flexibility around the school run was the biggest challenge to
                                                        finding work
                                                     ●   61% of unemployed parents have lost their confidence while
                                                        staying at home to raise a family and are apprehensive of
                                                        returning to work.
                                                     ●   67% of unemployed parents would appreciate the opportunity
                                                        to climb the career ladder while raising their family.
                                                     Peter Gowers, Travelodge, Chief Executive said: “Travelodge is
                                                     growing quickly and we want to unlock the potential of Britain’s
                                                     mums and dads as they return to work. Hospitality can offer a
                                                     great career for parents, with jobs close to home, hours that can
                                                     match the school run, benefits that suit families and a path
                                                     into management.”
                                                        For further details on all positions at Travelodge, click here

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