The Restaurant Association is part of the British Hospitality Association, the national trade association for the restaurant, hotel and catering industry. It has in membership restaurant groups, chains and leading independent restaurants from all corners of the UK. It also has publicly quoted hotel groups, independent hotels, clubs, major food and service management companies and motorway service operators as well as local hospitality associations and hospitality education institutions.
The Big Conversation is a major new campaign for the hospitality industry and one which needs the support of the whole Restaurateurs’ community. There are one million unemployed young people (aged 16-24) in the UK, all of whom deserve the opportunity to exploit their talents, acquire new skills, knowledge and work in an environment that promotes learning and development. The Hospitality & Tourism industry is prepared to help to tackle youth unemployment in the UK. This year, the industry is leading the Big Hospitality Conversation initiative to advance career opportunities for Britain’s youth through jobs for 16-24 year olds, apprenticeships and structured work placements. Hospitality & Tourism is the only industry with a proven and constant track record of developing young people at all skill levels.
The Big Conversation was designed by Business In The Community (BITC) to give young people a voice. In a discussion format, the events give industry leaders the opportunity to interact with young people face to face and hear their views as well as fully understand and respond to their challenges.
President of the Restaurants Association
Robert Walton MBE