The positive impact that apprentices can have on the hospitality industry was underlined during National Apprenticeship Week, where a host of hotels, restaurants and pubs came together to back the five day initiative.
Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc helped to launch the week of awareness from March 11 to 15, which encouraged more hospitality businesses to recruit apprentices.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also underlined the importance of apprentices and encouraged businesses to follow the example set by Premier Inn, De Vere and Greene King, to name but three.
He said: "Apprentices not only make an invaluable contribution to their employer, but to the economy as a whole."
Meanwhile, keen pricing and effective marketing are being cited for the performance of managed pubs, which are outperforming the rest of the UK's eating out sector.
In addition, Horizons expect this figure to leap to 26 per cent in 2016.
The managed pub restaurant sector consists of almost 17,000 pubs and has combined food and beverage sales of £4.8bn in 2012.
Leading operators include JD Wetherspoon, Whitbread, Greene King, Spirit and Marston's.
Horizons' managing director Peter Backman said: "Managed pubs are doing a brilliant job at appealing to today's consumer by being flexible in their offer and price sensitive."