Following NEWH UK Chapter’s Top ID Event, which took place inside London’s Roca Gallery, on March 31, Rita Bancroft explores the wellbeing qualities of networking…
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Happiness Report, which uses global survey data to report how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries worldwide. Over a century of research has proven how crucial social connection is for our well-being. One of the most remarkable changes seen during COVID-19 has been the global upsurge in benevolence. In every global region, there have been large increases in the proportion of people who give money to charity, help strangers, and do voluntary work. Altogether the global average of these three measures was up by a quarter in 2021, compared with before the pandemic.
The concept of networking and benevolence is nothing new to NEWH, as these are the building blocks on which the NEWH was founded. The association is a leading networking group for the hospitality industry, providing student scholarships, education, leadership growth, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities. This year NEWH UK Chapter celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
Christine Granger, Associate at Indigo Art is the new Events Director for the NEWH UK Chapter. The UK’s diary is packed with events designed to raise scholarship funds. Chrissie could not be more excited about the year ahead and said, “now everyone is getting busier, we recognise people are more selective on the events they choose to attend, which is why NEWH has such a diverse programme for the year ahead. There is something for everyone. Whether its hotel visits, a postcard auction, or our 20th anniversary party – there are so many reasons to meet, so we can all feel good and do good.’ Hotel Designs agrees, and were delighted to invite the three 2021 scholarship winners Emily Marzocchi, Bianca Tirca and Gintare Rapoport, to our Brit List awards last year and will be supporting the NEWH throughout 2022.
The most recent event was the prestigious Top ID Awards, held at the Roca Gallery on March 31 2022. The accolade of TopID is determined by considering both the quality of a firm’s work and the support and dedication they have provided to the NEWH membership and events. Winning practices are celebrated internationally across the NEWH global network. This year’s UK Chapter winners were SparcStudio, THDP and AD Associates.
Each winner recognised the value of designing relaxing hospitality spaces, focussed on enhancing wellbeing, whether that is creating a welcoming ambience, or a new spa and gym space. The annual Top ID Awards also serve to remind us how vital it is we interact as an industry, celebrate design, and create opportunities for the next generation.
Hotel Designs is delighted to support a calendar of events designed to reconnect those of us working in the hospitality industry, and in doing so, support the next generation by raising scholarship funds for students studying interior design and architecture.
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