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, many independent hotels, clubs, major food and service management companies, motorway service operators and many local hospitality associations, as well as hospitality education institutions. In total, it represents
more than 40,000 establishments. The aim of the BHA is to promote the interests of the hospitality and tourism industry. Every one of the 2.7 million people working
in British Hospitality & Tourism is an ambassador, not just for their employers, but also for their industry and for Britain. They welcome, accommodate, serve and pamper customers, many of whom come from all corners of the globe. Hospitality & Tourism service is a profession and honourable craft. The BHA is proud to be the voice of the Hospitality industry.
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.
We’re kicking off with the Restaurants Big Hospitality Conversation on 9 October 2013, hosted by Alastair Storey, Chairman, Baxter Storey, at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London. Please hold this date in your diary.
President of the Restaurants Association
Robert Walton MBE
Chairman of the Restaurants Association
The Earl of Bradford
Vice Chairman of the Restaurants Association