The Summer Isles hotel in Tanera Mór, Achiltibuie, was named as the Best Employer in Hospitality in Scotland, at Caterer.com's Best Employers in Hospitality 2011 Scotland awards last night.
Some 180 employers from across the Scottish hospitality industry gathered at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh, for the awards, which celebrate the best employers from Scotland's hotel, restaurant, pub, bar and catering sectors.
The awards were hosted by Scottish comedian and TV presenter Fred Macaulay.
The other winners were:
Best Supplier to The Industry Employer, sponsored ScotHot: Reed Hospitality & Leisure Scotland
Best Independent Contract Caterer Employer: Tasteee Catering Services
Best Group Contract Caterer Employer: Sodexo
Best Group Pub/Bar Employer, sponsored by BII Scotland: The Orchid Group
Best Independent Hotel Employer, sponsored by BII Scotland: Summer Isles hotel
Best Tour Operator Employer: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
Best Small Group Hotel Employer, sponsored by Ellis Mack Recruitment: Mercure Livingston hotel
Best Medium Group Hotel Employer, sponsored by Ellis Mack Recruitment: Principle Hayley In Scotland
Best Large Group Hotel Employer, sponsored by Ellis Mack Recruitment: The Rezidor Hotel Group
Best Employer in Hospitality 2011 Scotland, sponsored by ScotHot: Summer Isles hotel
This was the second year of the Best Employers in Hospitality Awards Scotland, organised by hospitality recruitment specialist Caterer.com in partnership with Learnpurple, and the event saw winners across nine different award categories, a ranking of the top 25 employers in Scotland and an overall winner.
"These are the only awards that recognise employers in the eyes of those that truly count - the employees. We are delighted to see such a diverse range of businesses from large to very small represented again this year. These businesses should be truly proud of their status as the Scottish industry's best employers" said Caterer.com's director, Ian Burke.
The results were based on the opinions of over 1,000 employees working for the companies that entered, the results were collated using an employee engagement survey designed by award partners Learnpurple.
The results did not include a judging panel.
Toby Wand of event sponsor ScotHot commented: "ScotHot 2013 promotes excellence in Scottish hospitality. These exacting standards can only be achieved by highly professional employers. We are proud to support this year's Best Employers in Hospitality Awards in Scotland"
Simon Wright, director of event sponsor Ellis Mack Recruitment, said "Ellis Mack loves clients that care about providing an environment where the talent in our industry can flourish. We feel that the most successful employers are the ones that value the contribution and feedback of their team on a day-to-day basis. We are proud to continue our involvement in supporting an award such as the Best Employers in Hospitality - where the nominees are voted for by their employees based on the team's opinions about how good their company actually is to work for."
For those in England & Wales, attention now turns to the Best Employers in Hospitality 2012 England & Wales which is now open for entries at www.bestemployersinhospitality.com. Entry is free. The deadline for all completed entries is 2 April 2012 and the awards will take place at the Lancaster London on 28 May 2012.
By Neil Gerrard
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