Annual Awards For Excellence in HR

Celebrating 25 years

Entries for our 2021 Awards are now open.

We are delighted to announce that this year is our 25th year of awards and they are now open for entries. We are looking to recognise those wonderful HR teams and individuals within the hospitality sector for being creative and delivering People Excellence in all that they do. It will be your chance to demonstrate and recognise a team or individual efforts who have shown great people practices. Share some of your projects and initiatives that you have been working on in the last 12 months in the face of the challenges we have seen as a result of Covid.

Entries close on Friday 23rd July 2021. Shortlist will be announced Thursday 12th August 2021. We plan to hold an award ceremony in September to announce the winners and as always, we will be raising funds for our two partner charities; Hospitality Action and Springboard.

Select a category to enter!

Additional Award for 2021

In recognition of the impact that the global pandemic has had on the Hospitality Industry this year see’s the introduction of a special additional award in recognition of the importance and focus that employee wellbeing has had over the past 12 months.  To find out more and to enter click on the link below.



Any organisation in the hospitality sector may enter; the awards are open to (but not limited to) hotels, restaurants, high street retail café operators and contract caterers who are currently members of HR in hospitality or looking to join. These awards are Free to enter. We would welcome entries from the hospitality sector that are not currently members of HR in hospitality.

Entries must not exceed 1200 words and should fully answer the 4 key questions within each award category. If you experience any difficulty uploading your entry then please email your entry direct in either pdf or word format to Esther O’Halloran, Chair of HR in Hospitality at

We would encourage you to include supporting material; this does not contribute to the 1200-word limit of the entry document. No more than five supporting appendices please.

Supporting material may include, but is not limited to:

  • Photographs
  • Testimonials
  • Graphs/Data
  • PDF’s of any printed material (adverts, brochures, news articles etc)

We would prefer that any supporting materials are uploaded or emailed (as part of our CSR strategy to reduce paper wastage), however if you do need to post hard copies or examples then these can be sent to the following address:

HR in Hospitality for the attention of Esther 23 Wynton Gardens, London, SE25 5RS

Here are some tips on entering the awards:

  • Start Early! Give yourself time to write your entry. Consider using previous award entries that you have written.
  • Answer the question! Explain to the judges what you did, what was the impact and benefit to the business and fully answer each question
  • Keep it Simple! Give specific examples, stick to the facts, less fluff and no jargon!
  • Tell your story! Be passionate, engage your reader (judge) provide context!
  • Provide evidence! Use statistics, data and testimonials to prove your point.
  • Proof read! We strongly encourage you to proof read and spell check before uploading.
  • Stick to the word count! Please! Consider using bullet points to make things clear.