The Springboard Charity has unveiled the shortlist for its 2012 Awards for Excellence.
The winners will be announced during a glittering ceremony at the Novotel London West on 18 October.
There were over 100 entries from companies and individuals vying for top honours in the 17 categories available.
The shortlist is:
Springboard Ambassadors Award Amanda Hall, Ann Wulf, Joel Fagg
Best Regional Initiative Inspired Change, Academy of Culinary Arts
The New Media Award Brookwood Partnership, andsome/EAT, Raymond Blanc Cookery School
The Education Pipeline Award The Royal Automobile Club, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Hanbury Manor
Best Student Placement Provider Red Carnation Hotel Collection, CH&Co, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Best Recruitment Initiative 10 out of 10, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
The Young People Award Lancaster London, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Inspired Change
The People Innovation Award Park Plaza Hotel Group, Crieff Hydro Ltd, Rocco Forte Browns Hotel
Best Chef Strategy Puma Hotel Collection, Lancaster London, BDL
Best Management Strategy Accor UK & Ireland, Rocco Forte Browns Hotel, Brookwood Partnership
Best Food & Beverage Strategy Chino Latino, Vintage Inns, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
The Diversity in Employment Award The Clink, Pret A Manger, Whitbread
Best Career Progression Award Intercontinental London Park Lane, Red Carnation Hotel Collection, YO! Sushi, Eurest Food Service - Compass Group UK & Ireland
The Retention Award Brookwood Partnership, Red Carnation Hotels, Charles Wells Pub Company
The Corporate Responsibility Award Metropolitan by COMO and The Halkin by COMO, Paul UK, Brookwood Partnership
Best Employer Award Guoman & Thistle, CH&Co, Brookwood Partnership, Whitbread
Chris Beaumont Special Award To be announced on the night
Chief executive of Springboard, Anne Pierce said: "I'm delighted that we had so many entries this year. It's been an outstanding year for Team GB and the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism sector has risen to the challenges brilliantly! In our 10th year, the Awards continue to recognise excellence and innovation across the industry."
By Caterer staff
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