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People 1st and The Caterer open nominations for the 2017 Shine Awards

  • Awards recognise female talent and ambassadors for gender-balanced teams in the visitor economy
  • Two new categories added for this year
  • Entries can be made at www.theshineawards.co.uk  and close on 16 June
  • Winners will be announced at black-tie dinner in London on 16 October

Performance and talent management expert, People 1st, and The Caterer have opened nominations for this year’s Shine Awards – the only awards that celebrate the achievements of women working in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, and the individuals and businesses that actively support gender diversity in the industries.

Last year’s winners included restaurateur, author and TV presenter, Prue Leith, leading chef, Chantelle Nicholson and Rocco Forte Hotels’ Irene Forte.

Ten awards will be presented at the black-tie Shine Awards dinner on 16 October, including two brand-new categories – Apprentice of the Year and Chef of the Year.

The full list of 2017 Shine Awards categories is as follows:

  • Rising Star
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Ambassador of the Year
  • NEW – Apprentice of the Year
  • NEW – Chef of the Year
  • Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women
  • Best Place for Women to Work
  • Woman of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement (nominations by expert panel)

The Mentor of the Year and Ambassador of the Year categories are open to both men and women, in recognition of the essential role men have to play in changing workplace cultures, supporting female talent and developing more gender-diverse teams. 

People 1st chief executive, Simon Tarr, said: “We passionately believe in the business benefits and productivity gains that gender-balanced teams bring to the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries – the Shine Awards help to create visible role models for women and businesses alike.

“We’re excited to add new categories for 2017 too. With the UK suffering a chronic chef shortage, it’s more critical than ever before that we attract and develop more women into the profession, and we felt it was important to shine a light on the fantastic female chefs who are already blazing a trail in the industry.

“At the same time, new employer-led apprenticeship standards and the recent introduction of the apprenticeship levy means that apprentices are playing an increasingly vital role in our industry’s future, and are becoming an important route for attracting women into the sector. We’re already hearing some fantastic success stories from our employer network, and we looking forward to reviewing the entries!”

Mark Lewis, publisher of The Caterer, added: “Last year’s Shine Awards were a huge success and we’re thrilled to be partnering with People 1st again for the 2017 awards. It’s a great opportunity to bring our industry together to celebrate our tremendous female talent and the forward-thinking businesses that are helping to transform working cultures across hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism.”

Nominations for the Shine Awards will close on 16 June and can be made now at www.theshineawards.co.uk.

The award winners will be unveiled at a black-tie dinner at 8 Northumberland Avenue in Central London on 16 October. Tickets will be available for purchase on the awards website.

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