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Local businesses to come together for the Big Hospitality Conversation Manchester

The hospitality industry’s flagship campaign for job creation is set to galvanise hospitality and tourism businesses from across Manchester to invest in young people with the Big Hospitality Conversation Manchester, hosted by The British Hospitality Association, Springboard and Business in the Community, at Radisson Blu Edwardian on May 12th 2014.

Part of a nationwide campaign, the event will bring together influential leaders from leading hospitality businesses in and around Manchester, inviting them to meet local young people, stimulating dialogue and encouraging more quality work experience, apprenticeships and jobs in the UK for 16-24 year olds.

As well as generating work and opportunities in the local area, the Big Conversation enables the industry, through the BHA, to take a powerful message to government on hospitality’s significant contribution to economic recovery across the UK, tackling youth unemployment and stimulating growth.

The Big Hospitality Conversation is the voice of job creation for young people. It is a forum for conversation and debate; a place where local hospitality and tourism businesses have the opportunity to translate a real economic challenge – youth unemployment – into something positive, making real pledges.

The Big Hospitality Conversation is the industry’s biggest job creation drive to offer opportunities for young people in the UK.

In the past twelve months over 1,500 industry representatives have attended the Big Hospitality Conversation events nationwide, pledging the creation of 36,000 new job opportunities between now and 2015 (with more to come).

Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing young people today and the hospitality industry has the power to help tackle this.

Ufi Ibrahim, British Hospitality Association CEO said: “The success of Hospitality and Tourism businesses relies on their ability to serve others. As Bill Marriott once said, we must serve our people, who will in turn serve others. Manchester’s event, and the ones following it, will turn the spotlight on the way in which the Big Hospitality Conversation has been changing young people’s lives, one apprenticeship, one job or one work experience at a time, and thereby transforming local communities, the national economy and the UK – as a nation.”

Anne Pierce, CEO MBE of Springboard said: “Springboard is delighted to be part of the Big Hospitality Conversations across the hospitality industry. Our work and that of those involved is key to supporting and providing quality work experience through our Inspire programme, apprenticeship opportunities and getting young people into employment within this industry.”

Stephen Miles, General Manager of Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels said: “The Manchester Hotel Association is delighted to Support this BHA Project which dovetails very nicely with our own Hotel Future - The National Hospitality Academy Programme.”

Big Hospitality Conversation events targeting the hospitality and restaurant industry will be held across the UK throughout 2014.

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