Bakery company Paul UK has won the Excellence in HR award at the HR in Hospitality awards for a successful initiative from its small team of trainers working with limited financial resources.
Esther O'Halloran, HR director of Paul UK, said she was "delighted" to have won, adding: "Putting in place lots of small things to reward and engage people in the Paul family culture during the difficult trading climate of the last year has been a challenge, to say the least."
The HR in Hospitality awards celebrate the achievements of HR departments throughout the industry.
Sam Hayter, of hotel and leisure company Starwood, won the special recognition award for his contribution to HR. Starwood's area manager for England, Colin Bennett, described Hayter as an "invaluable" member of the team who has had a real impact on the business in terms of HR strategy and execution.
The Rising Star award was given to Josh Light, of contract caterer CH and Co. He said that he had "grown and developed under the guidance of great mentors" and that he now has the opportunity to help others do the same thing.
Other winners included Andrew Foulkes of Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons for excellence by an operations/line manager; Kellie Rixon, managing director of the De Vere Academy of Hospitality, for excellence in training and development; and Chewton Glen for establishing links with schools and colleges.