Why study hotel management

The tourism and hospitality industry continues to grow globally increasing the need for qualified people to join and make their mark on the industry. Being a hotel manager can be a hard and challenging job, but it is also one that is very rewarding, has excellent job opportunities, and for the right people, it can offer an environment for them to be highly successful in. Here are five of the top reasons to study hotel management.

1. You get to see the world

Studying and qualifying to be a hotel manager opens up a world of possibilities, literally. The skills required to manage a hotel in one country are the same as in another. Hotels exist in every town and city in the world. You will have the chance the work in the world’s greatest cities and its hidden treasures.

2. Early opportunities for a leadership role

The hospitality industry offers fast progress and on-the-job training. Allowing you to take on a managerial role at a relatively young age. This is great news for those who are natural leaders and are keen to use their talents. It also provides excellent experience if you want a career change later in life.

3. It’s not a 9-5

For some people this will be a negative, they crave the routine a 9-5 job offers. For many others, the chance to work in a more varied and dynamic manner can be very appealing. No two days are the same working in a hotel, it is a job that will constantly keep you on your toes and provide some great experiences.

4. You get to be creative

Many people associate creativity with writers and painters, but there are many other forms of creativity. As a hotel manager, you will have to come up with creative and innovative ideas to ensure your hotel provides guests with the best possible experience.

5. Earning potential

Thanks to the high levels of responsibility involved, qualified hotel managers often find the salary for entry positions to be very competitive. These rates go up considerably when working in capital cities. There are excellent opportunities to progress your career becoming a general manager or even managing your own chain of hotels.

How much does it cost to hire a celebrity chef?

These days, celebrity chefs are more popular than ever. Many chefs have become household names thanks to the rise of TV cookery shows where they’ve had the chance to wow the world with their meticulous craft and specialist skills. So, you’re only human if you want a slice of the action too.

From a formal business dinner to a friendly village fete or even a private dinner with your nearest and dearest – a celebrity chef can add a touch of glamour to your food experience. Or, if you’re more business-minded, a celebrity chef can also create a lot of publicity for a product or an event. Because, let’s face it, having a celebrity in the room adds a buzz.

It would be hard to rank each celebrity chef individually as they all come with their own set of unique and fascinating skills. According to UK hire agency Black Card Entertainment (https://www.blackcardentertainment.co.uk/our-services/celebrity-hire/hire-a-chef.html), this means that hiring a top name will have different fees for different occasions. It’s safe to say that hiring a TV chef might depend a lot on what it is you would like them to do. For example, a bespoke cooking demonstration could cost you more than hiring them to judge a work event. Regardless, it’s more than likely that a celebrity chef could cost anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands for their time.

This being said, there are always more affordable options when it comes to hiring a celebrity chef. There are many rising TV personalities who may have a smaller fee than those who have been in the business for years. They’ll undoubtedly have the same pizzazz and passion for cooking, and still be able to add something special to your foodie event.

Whatever the cost, there’s a real draw that can come from hiring a celebrity chef. Whether it’s for a personal event to add that wow factor, or for a business to help you tap into a massively popular market – it’ll always go down a treat. Plus, we’re sure the food will be pretty out of this world too…

How will Brexit affect the hospitality industry?

The main issue with Brexit is that nobody knows exactly how it will wash out. Brexiteers, by and large, are confident that things will go well, that the UK is shrugging off an immense load of unnecessary legislation and will be free – able to make preferential deals with other countries, including individually with other EU members. But even Brexiteers cannot be absolutely certain that this will happen, and most financial and political experts – those who have watched the tide of the global economy and its responses to drastic political action over the decades and centuries – are fairly certain that things will not go as easily as might be hoped. When it comes specifically to the hospitality industry, there are a number of factors to take into account.

Manpower

Hospitality work, especially in the lower echelons, tends to be hard work performed at unsociable hours for the national minimum wage or thereabouts: few British people are willing to work these hours for so little money. Seasonal workers from the EU have traditionally filled the gaps left by the British workers, happily coming in for pre-sunrise starts or whiling away the quiet, dark hours behind the 24-hour reception desk as this means that they can pay their way, and get to thoroughly explore their temporary home country. Many of these temporary casual workers have already stopped coming into the UK, preferring to gain their travel and work experience in countries that are still firmly in the EU and that have proven themselves welcoming to foreign workers. After Brexit, this decline will most likely increase sharply, leaving enormous gaps in the hospitality market.

Ingredients and dishes

A large proportion of the UK’s food is imported from the EU under very favourable agreements, making it possible to have a fully cosmopolitan menu without the excessive costs that this would previously have given rise to. After Brexit, it is almost certain that prices of products will fluctuate quite wildly, probably shooting up at first – or perhaps being marked by instances of non-availability as any available stocks will be earmarked for existing EU members before third-parties can be satisfied. Once things have settled down, the UK may find itself having to accept deals on products that are available due to surplus crops rather than being able to choose which goods it wants. This may drive restaurant menus to change more often than would otherwise be desirable.

The hospitality industry, almost always, depends on spare money being available for leisure travel, and sometimes even for business conferences and meetings. In the event that the economy suffers as much as experts seem to be saying that it will: the hospitality industry will almost certainly suffer losses, with only those outlets with strong business practices, good financial reserves and a plan for the future already being actioned promised the chance of survival.

16 Michelin Star Deletions for 2020

Following the latest Michelin announcements earlier this month, a record amount of new stars were awarded in the 2020 Michelin guide; seeing 1 new three-star restaurant, 4 new two-stars and 3 new one-stars in Britain, including 3 new stars in the Lake District and Manchester’s first star in over 40 years!

Success for some however, can always mean disappointment for others. So, we’ve taken a look at some of this year’s omissions.

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Get up to scratch with safety signs in the kitchen

Maintaining high standards of hygiene and preventing accidents in a busy kitchen is vital.

And this is where the importance of clear and concise kitchen safety signs come into play.

From implementing new safety measures to preventing accidents, kitchen safety signs have a wide variety of uses.

In a professional kitchen, continued communication of safety procedures is crucial for all staff members.

Particularly during the current Covid-19 climate, safety signs are now even more important than ever.

Not only do they ensure that staff in the kitchen are carrying out the correct safety procedures, but with plenty of new guidelines to remember, it’s vital to ensure rules are met for a safe environment for staff and customers.

It’s the responsibility of restaurant owners to keep up to date with the current regulations and ensure that the correct signs are placed in key locations to remind their employees of safety procedures during a hectic workday.

Knowledgeable kitchen staff make for a safe working environment.

The importance of kitchen safety signs

In the UK, 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related injuries over 2018 and 2019.

And in the catering industry alone, 84% of workers suffer work-related injuries at some point in their careers.

For restaurants not following the safety guidelines put in place by the government, this creates a huge issue for business owners and their workers.

From failed inspections, restaurant closures, considerable fines and even up to 6 months imprisonment in England and Wales, not following the rules is a big risk for businesses.

This is why it’s vital to follow this next stage of kitchen safety, in a post-lockdown restaurant.

If you know your hazards you can put appropriate signs in place as a gentle reminder to staff who have undergone the necessary training.

So, which new safety signs do you need in your restaurant kitchen? We’ve shared our most important signs to ensure your kitchen staff and customers are safe and following the guidelines.

Handwashing and cross-contamination

As we are all familiar with, handwashing is one of the key ways to prevent the spread of viruses, such as the coronavirus.

This is why reminding staff to wash their hands regularly, most importantly when handling food, is of the utmost importance.

Following government guidelines, the advice has been to make sure all staff wash hands regularly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

All employees should be provided with regular breaks, have allocated break times, and a dedicated hand washing station – which should be clearly signposted.

Laminated signs can be used to remind staff to avoid touching their face or hair while handling food and instructions on the correct way, and duration of time, to wash their hands.

If you decide to give this a try, make sure to choose a laminating pouch with a gloss finish, as these can be used with a dry-erase pen for writing important notes, wiped clean, and then updated following changes in guidelines.

Cleanliness

Shared equipment and kitchen areas which have high foot traffic and touch rates should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Kitchen safety signs can be used to remind staff to clean their work surface after completing a task, such as handling different meats and slicing vegetables.

Signs should be used to remind staff to wear face masks. This is to prevent any droplets from the nose and mouth contaminating food by staff, who may be unknowing carriers, from spreading the virus.

Other good hygiene practices also include the use of protective jackets, preventing cross-contamination of food from clothes worn outside, and the use of waterproof, blue plasters to cover wounds.

Accidents

Safety signs can be used to remind kitchen workers of safety procedures when using knives and sharp utensils.

It’s also important to highlight precautions with signs for fire exits, fire assembly points, flammable gas, and as reminders to ensure cookers, grills, and ovens are turned off.

Another common cause of accidents in the kitchen is over-crowding.

Safety signs reminding staff members to keep a reasonable distance where possible are vital, and these can also be useful for customers who need a gentle reminder to stay safe.

You can find a range of free, printable safety signs for professional kitchens online, so it’s even easier to print, laminate and get your sign out in the kitchen.

Making sure to laminate your signs not only increases their durability and protects against wear, but with a high-quality option, they can even be cleaned quickly and easily.

Investing that extra time in your approach to safety signs not only allows for a better, fast-evolving approach to health and safety, but it’s also more cost-effective in the long term.

How do you open a Pop-Up Restaurant?

There are many benefits of having a pop-up restaurant, that are similar to having a traditional brick and mortar restaurant but without the high cost of opening. A pop-up is a great way for a chef to show off their culinary skills, whilst expanding their culinary careers. This is as well as levelling the dining field and being able to offer gourmet food at an affordable price. Below we have listed the 7-step guide that will help you to launch your very own pop-up restaurant.

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Latest News from James Webber Recruitment

Happy Easter from the James Webber Recruitment team!

Spring is finally here and hopefully we will be seeing more of the sun. If you don’t have any plans for the Easter weekend we have listed a few places for you and the family to visit. Check them out here!

Now in regards to work and recruitment, we have added an interesting article about 5 things that candidates want in a job advert. Do you take these into account when writing a job ad? Find out here.

We also have some new job roles for you to start in the spring. Spring = new beginnings! Latest Jobs

Have a Happy Easter and enjoy the sunshine!

Five Things Every Candidate Wants From a Job Ad

Writing job adverts can be difficult sometimes. Not only do you want to a vacancy to sound exciting but you also want to make sure you are attracting the right candidate for your company. Reed.co.uk has come to the rescue to help you on your job advert writing skills.

It’s not always easy to figure out what candidates really want…

But when you’re writing a job ad, simply covering the basics might not be enough to attract a good quality of applicant – something which could mean missing out on finding your perfect match.

Our own research and insights indicate that the most effective ads are more than a simple job description. And much of it comes down to articulating what really sets your company apart.

To make sure your ads are attracting the best candidates, here are five things every candidate wants from a new job:

Company culture

For many jobseekers, finding an organisation with the right cultural fit is essential.

Aside from ensuring factors like work environment and management style match their needs – they also want to know that the business they’re applying to work for is a reputable brand with good values and social responsibility.

Our research has shown that millennials in particular cite a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) as one of the biggest reasons they’ll work for a company.

Without giving a clear indication in your job advert of what it’s really like to work for your company, you’re making it harder for candidates to gauge their suitability.

Career prospects

When it comes to finding the right role, career prospects will always be important.

In fact, if a job advert clearly states the possibility of long-term progression, candidates are far more likely to consider it. And that doesn’t just refer to promotion opportunities – they also want to know there are ways to develop their skills through training and development.

After all, no one wants their career to stand still.

So whether it’s helping to fund a qualification, running workshops, or offering secondments, there are many ways to promote employee wellbeing and job satisfaction through learning and growth.

Not only will providing these opportunities improve the amount of interest your vacancy receives, it’ll also mean those who are employed are more likely to stay.

An attractive salary

Let’s face it, money matters.

In fact, across all age and experience levels, salary averages out as the highest priority for those looking for a new role.

Because although it’s not the only thing people look for in a job, it’s almost always the first thing. Providing details of the salary packages on offer in your organisation will help prospective employees build a picture of their suitability for the job.

And with two in three jobseekers being more likely to apply when a salary is displayed, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.

Flexibility (work-life balance)

Not only do the majority of jobseekers strive for the right work-life balance, they also want an employer who understands its importance – and respects their employees’ need to have a life outside of work.

This, as well as a role in a convenient location, will allow your potential employees to benefit from improved morale – not to mention a greater level of motivation when it comes to their workload.

So to reach the right applicants, focus on giving them what they want. Whether it’s by providing details of options to work remotely, or opening up the option of flexible working hours, be sure to include the right information in your ad.

Good benefits

For in-demand candidates, attractive benefits can act as a key deciding factor when choosing a job.

Whether it’s a generous pension, a good healthcare scheme, or a substantial holiday allowance – benefits like these could be just the thing that sets you apart from other employers.

Company perks are also becoming more and more prevalent in many industries – with things like workplace recreational activities (e.g. ping pong tables, arcade games), in-house gyms, and healthy food initiatives often on the forefront of jobseekers’ minds.

So if you’ve got methods in place to boost employee wellbeing – even if it’s ‘just’ a pension, discount scheme or anything else – shout about them in your job ads.

 

Original source from reed.co.uk.