‘Important as ever’ Institute of Hospitality makes two acquisitions

The Institute of Hospitality was established in the UK in 1938
31/07/2017 - 07:15
The Institute of Hospitality has acquired Hospitality & Leisure Manpower (HALM) and The Academy of Food & Wine Service as part of the Institute’s ‘strategic’ customer service and productivity plans.

Chief executive, Peter Ducker FIH, said: “For 30 years the Academy of Food & Wine Service has provided training programmes, offering a pathway to management for those working in front-of-house service.

“Given our increased focus on training and the development of our own online training using the Upskill People platform, this acquisition gives us a tremendous wealth of training material which will be of tremendous value to the industry, both in the UK and overseas."

Hospitality and Leisure Manpower (HALM) is a national training, research and consulting group, founded and managed by David Battersby OBE FIH, a former president of the Institute of Hospitality.

Ducker added: "Given the pressures of wage inflation and the concerns associated with recruiting and retaining talent, this acquisition will enable us to help members identify opportunities within their businesses, and will also give us a service of value to the industry at large."

The Academy of Food & Wine Service and HALM were previously owned by the British Institute of Innkeeeping.

Institute of Hospitality chairman, Stephen Kyjak-Lane FIH MI, said: “In 2018 the Institute celebrates its 80th anniversary. These strategic acquisitions, combined with advances the Institute is making on a number of fronts demonstrate clearly that we are as important and relevant to the industry today as ever.

“Over the coming months you will see these two organisations re-emerge, delivering valuable support to our great industry."

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