Engaging the B2B Sector
THE SCALE OF THE CRISIS
• Hospitality is the 3rd biggest employer in the UK
• Currently > 400,000 UK hospitality vacancies
• Only 1 in 5 UK adults would currently consider a
job in hospitality*
• Only 2 in 5 UK adults would recommend a job in
hospitality to others*
• 42% of current workers considering leaving the
*Data provided by KAM Media.
A big problem, needs a big solution
The challenges are deep-rooted and have been growing for some time, turbocharged by the pandemic when lockdowns enforced shutdowns and people looked elsewhere for work.
The current crisis has emphasised the need for a fresh approach, one that can effect lasting change. This campaign will kickstart a new era of hospitality recruitment. As well as support from UKHospitality, the BII and BBPA, Hospitality Rising has the backing of the Hospitality & Tourism Skills Board. Support also comes from industry figures such as Kate Nicholls OBE, hotelier Robin Hutson OBE, Soho House founder Nick Jones MBE, Chefs Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartman, and Anglican Country Inns Managing Director James Nye.
Large companies have already backed Hospitality Rising and by June 2022 Hospitality Rising had raised more than £700,000. That money will fund a nationwide B2C advertising campaign to attract new people to the industry, designed by the creative minds behind the British Army recruitment campaign. A new Hospitality Rising jobs board will give investors access to a bank of interested candidates generated from the B2C advertising.
But more is needed and smaller industry players need to be engaged at a time when every business is facing rising costs from energy to ingredients and a recession looming. The fabl stepped up to the plate [pun intended] to help Hospitality Rising with the B2B communications, looking at messaging, visual designs and creating marketing collateral.
Looking to engage SMEs in the pubs, bars, restaurants and hotel sectors, we created visuals that spoke in their language. Inspired by traditional pub signage and using a generic, popular pub name – The Ship – this became the cover design for a B2B digital booklet, with the added twist of The Ship Relaunched. The pages inside were inspired by chalkboard promotional messaging. Using the existing Hospitality Rising logo, we took the rays of sunshine as a branded design element.
The tone of voice became one of support, collaboration and camaraderie – three elements that define successful operational teams in hospitality. The aim was to present Hospitality Rising as a lifeline to one of the industry’s biggest challenges – recruitment.
The digital brochure formed the foundation for a suite of communication items that would be displayed at industry trade events, such as a pull-up banner and table-top miniature tent card the size of a business card that is placed on seats, tables, plates or hung on glasses.
To find out more or join the campaign, visit www.hospitalityrising.org
Changing perceptions or building awareness is a process. At the fabl, we have a formula which has been proven since our founding in 2006. It’s called StorygellingTM.
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Marketing | Brand Collateral | Hospitality