Networking group launched for the Midlands’ hospitality and catering industry

A new networking group has been launched for hospitality, catering and events businesses in the Midlands, called Catering and Hospitality Education Forum (CHEF). Simpsons Restaurant, Hotel du Vin, University College Birmingham, Amadeus Food and independent catering association NCASS (The Nationwide Caterers Association) have already joined CHEF, which will create a platform for industry professionals to share best practice, debate key issues and celebrate the industry, while raising money for support charity Hospitality Action. The second event took place on Monday…

HS2 Supply Chain Opportunities

It is estimated that 60% of HS2 procurement opportunities will be available to Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). The HS2 team wants local business to supply both the development and operational phases of the programme. A range of services will be required during the construction phase and for the operation and maintenance of the new railway and its trains, including civils, engineering products, electronics, materials and power supply), station maintenance, lighting, catering, health and safety, waste management, fire prevention,…

New Finance Director at Horton’s Estate

David Freeman has been promoted to finance director at Hortons’ Estate. An accountant with more than 15 years’ experience, David previously worked in the audit teams at BDO and E & Y where he advised property companies with diverse developments and portfolios. He joined the Birmingham-based family-owned property company in 2008 as the financial controller and has headed the finance function since. Hortons’ Estate celebrated its 125th anniversary this year having been incorporated in 1892.  The company has amassed a…

Progressive employers focus on benefits of empowering workforce

Empowering employees to help drive growth and productivity was the thrust of a business event in Birmingham. The ‘Value of Empowerment’ workshop was held by the Progressive Employers Group (PEG) which brings together investment-minded employers in the West Midlands to share best practice and help strengthen the region’s employment market. PEG has been instigated by people management and recruitment specialists Katie Bard and sponsored by The Big Cat Agency. Businesses from a wide variety of sectors attended the event at…