When the rest of the world is kicking-up their heels, pulling crackers and donning their rather fetching paper hats in December, the world of hospitality is hard at work making it all happen. So it makes sense that the ‘Hospitality Rocks’ event took place last Friday night when all the excitement of Christmas was out of the way and those who work in the hospitality industry could draw breath and finally enjoy their Christmas party – and what a party it was!

We were lucky enough to be invited along by our good friends at Hospitality Action to enjoy the night hosted by Smart Group events at Battersea Evolution.

On arrival we were greeted by an après ski spectacle, complete with snow, chalets, gondolas and all. With the world of hospitality in attendance the pressure was on to impress, and that they did. With delicious canapes and a fabulous three course meal we were certainly well-fed (which was a good job considering the lure of the chalet bars). The entertainment was also top-notch and included festive theme dancers, acrobats, skaters and even a rock band you could sing along with ‘Rockaoke’ style. Throw in dodgems and dancefloor full of chefs, waiters, event organisers, bar staff, concierges, house keepers and a smattering of PR’s and marketers (courtesy of the bean team) and you have the recipe for a night to remember. But not only did it prove a very enjoyable diversion and reprise of Christmas festive celebrations, it also raised over £14,500 for industry charities Springboard and our host for the night Hospitality Action through the heads and tails game and auction fundraising. A great night and a great result for both charities, well done to the Smart Group and a big thanks to Hospitality Action for inviting us along. If you missed out you can see some of the highlights on our Twitter or search #HospitalityRocks