Springboard announces shortlist for 2023 Awards for Excellence

10 February 2023 by
Springboard announces shortlist for 2023 Awards for Excellence

Industry charity Springboard has announced its shortlist for the 2023 Awards for Excellence, which are due to take place on 20 April aboard Smart Group's Oceandiva boat in London.

The awards celebrate individuals who have inspired fellow hospitality professionals with their resourcefulness, creativity and generosity across UK and Ireland.

Springboard received more than 200 entries and nominations for this year's Awards.

These were whittled down to 48 (see below) by a panel of judges representing the industry.

Gordon Smart, presenter on ITV's Good Morning Britain, will be hosting the Awards, which will take place on the 600-capacity, 86 metre-long vessel on the River Thames.

Chris Gamm, chief executive of Springboard, said: "The Awards for Excellence is a great opportunity for the industry to come together and commend our top businesses, showcasing their successes and hugely talented workforce.

"Each year, the award ceremony grows and becomes more exquisite; This year is no different and we are excited to be holding the Awards for Excellence on this exclusive new venue on the River Thames."

See below for the full shortlist of the Springboard Awards for Excellence 2023:

Fiona Colley Trainee of the Year Award – supported by Braehead Foods

Safiyyah Fletcher

Jacqueline Haney

Jordan Harrison

Scott Heeps

Toby Markham

Best Training Programme

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Eden Hotel Collection

Elior UK


Umbel Restaurant Group

Best Apprenticeship Strategy Award - sponsored by HIT Training

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Compass Group UK & Ireland

Greene King

Mitchells & Butlers


Best Education & Industry Partnership

Aurora Foxes & Hilton

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Manchester Hotel Association

Millennium & Copthorne Hotel at Chelsea FC


Best Recruitment Initiative - sponsored by Caterer.com

Accor Hotel Services

Axiom Hospitality

BM Caterers

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Gails Bakery

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Award - sponsored by CH&CO

Compass Group

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea FC

Rare Restaurants


The Crumbs Project

Disability Confidence Award - sponsored by Sodexo

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Hotel Brooklyn

The Crumbs Project

Best Talent Onboarding - sponsored by Mapal

Compass Group



Hand Picked Hotels

Rare Restaurants

Career Development Initiative - sponsored by Diageo

Dakota Hotels

Leonardo Hotels

Philema Hospitality Management

The Athenaeum Hotel

Z Hotels

Employee Health & Wellbeing sponsored by Blue Badge Access

Eden Hotel Collection

RBH Hospitality Management

The Hari

Valor Hospitality

Best Retention Initiative - sponsored by Hand Picked Hotels


Philema Hospitality Management


The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Business Innovation Award - sponsored by Harri

BM Caterers

Dorchester Collection

Marsham Court Hotel


Sustainable Business Award - sponsored by Franke Coffee Systems

Apex Hotels


Lamington Group

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Lexington Catering

Rare Restaurants

Community Engagement - sponsored by 5 Hertford Street and Oswald's Clubs

Mum Recruitment

Rare Restaurants

RBH Management

Steel Hospitality


Best Employer- sponsored by American Express

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Eden Hotel Collection

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

The Belfry Hotel & Resort

The Pineapple Club, Birmingham

Springboard Ambassador of the Year

Geoff Baird, Henderson Group

Parris Beckford, Turtle Bay

Christopher Fox, Apex Hotels

Michael Taylor, Sodexo

Jill Whittaker, HIT Training

Tables and tickets are available here.

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