Blog. Back to the Floor 6: A Triumph!

April 8, 2024 | Author: Giuliana Vittiglio

Last Friday (April 5th) Back to the Floor, made a triumphant return, raising a whopping £258,643! 


Our sixth Back to the Floor was hosted by James Clarke, general manager of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, and the fundraiser saw senior hospitality figures return to their roots in the role of waiter or sommelier for the evening, with an outpouring of support from across the industry underscoring the resilience and unity of the hospitality community during challenging times.


Co-founder Danny Pecorelli, managing director at Exclusive Collection, was joined by over 80 leading names from across the hospitality industry including, Gareth Banner, group managing director, The Ned, Tom Ross, chief executive, THE PIG Hotels, and Jonathan Raggett, chief executive, Red Carnation Hotels, who returned to the floor to test their silver service skills for 500 guests in aid of HA.

Guests were welcomed with a champagne Taittinger and canapé reception followed by a sumptuous three course meal. Entertainment, laughter and merrymaking mischief were the order of the night as a team of top hoteliers put their silver service and playful sabotage skills to the test once again in a friendly battle to earn the most tips in recognition of the tireless efforts their exceptional teams carry out every day.


Mark Lewis, chief executive at Hospitality Action, said: “This has proven to be the most successful fundraising event in Hospitality Action’s 187-year history. It really is a sight to behold watching such industry veterans roll their sleeves up as waiters and sommeliers and serve guests with such enthusiasm and expertise along with a healthy dose of horseplay. A big thank you to all in attendance for their incredibly generous tips and to those who have worked tirelessly to organise such a wonderful event with funds raised going directly to help those most in need in our industry.“

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made Back to the Floor 6 possible including our host Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, and sponsors American ExpressCaterer.comExclusive CollectionFarncombe EstateHand Picked Hotels, and Umbrella Training, to whom we are indebted.

Not to mention our fabulous compère Peter Hancock, photographer Jeremy Rata, and videographers Hospitality Media.

As well as our generous food and drink sponsors Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark, Champagne Taittinger, Wild Idol and Icelandic Glacial, Wright Brothers and United Fresh. Goody bag sponsors Molton Brown, Tip Jar for allowing us to use their tip mechanic for donations, and Thamesmead for the smart aprons.

See you all in 2026 for Back to the Floor 7!