This week, we introduce the 2011 Acorn winners and celebrate their success in each being named one of this year's 30 highest achievers in hospitality.
For 25 years we've partnered with Unilever Food Solutions to recognise and applaud the very best talent the industry has to offer. This year's winners display the same dedication, innovation and professionalism as their predecessors.
If we are to maximise the opportunity the 2012 Olympic Games provide for showcasing our industry on a global stage, we need to look to exemplars like this year's Acorn winners: outstanding performers able to deliver excellent products, service and customer care.
I would encourage any of you currently climbing the career ladder to read their stories, draw inspiration from their success - and look to emulate it. As past winner, hotelier Stuart Procter says in this issue, "Never accept that you're too young for the next step: if you're good enough, you're ready."
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