We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised as the Best Place to Work for Women at the inaugural BWS Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards. The awards were set up to help recognise and increase the number of women working in senior leadership roles across Hospitality and Tourism. Not only are we the Best Place to Work for Women but two members of the team were also recognised for their contribution to the growth and success of Hickory, and the industry overall. Eskmills Venue Manger, Dawn, won the Venue Manger Award and our Account Executive, Nicole, received not only the Rising Star Award but also a HIT Scotland scholarship for further development.

Hickory has distinguished itself from its peers by being a great place to work for women. We have created a workplace where women have high representation in the total employee population and in management positions. Over the last five years, as part of our vision and strategy to create a dynamic and diverse workforce we have worked tirelessly to ensure that we are an equal opportunities employer, providing equal pay, promotional and training practices. We embrace diversity in our workforce and have successfully built a reliable team who can efficiently deal with any challenge.

Commenting on the achievement, Deputy Managing Director, Stephanie Stubbs said:

“To accept the award on behalf of Hickory for the Best Place to Work for Women is without doubt the highlight of my career. Women are central to this industry yet less than 10% make it to senior management roles; Hickory set out to change this and at the awards we were recognised for our vision. We are committed to bringing young women up the ranks to achieve their potential and, importantly, be recognised for doing so.”

Hickory are an independently owned event catering and venue management company where individuals really can make a difference. The team, regardless of gender, age, society or culture are openly encouraged to share ideas in a trusting and collaborative environment. The board and senior management, heavily represented by women, constantly drive conversations for change which has a direct impact on the success and profitability of the company.

Hickory is leading the way in hospitality, catering and tourism as THE place for women to work. Help us spread the word!