Kate Nicholls made OBE

UKHospitality's chief executive, Kate Nicholls has been made an OBE in recognition of her services to the sector, particularly during the Covid-19 response.

Nicholls said, “While I am personally humbled and honoured to receive this recognition, I have to pay tribute to the entire UKH team for their tireless work and campaigning throughout this year, continually highlighting to Government the specific challenges our sector faces.'

She continued, “Hospitality businesses were hit first and hit hardest by the pandemic but, despite this, there have been countless inspirational examples of leadership, resilience and collaboration, of people coming together to support their local communities during this unprecedented time, helping to feed frontline NHS and key workers, the homeless and support others in need.

“It is those values that make me proud to have represented and been part of such a wonderful sector for many years.

“Our focus now is to continue to press Government for additional financial support that will enable businesses to survive through the winter and be in a position to reopen and welcome back customers.'

Nicholls finished, “I very much look forward to celebrating with family and friends at the first opportunity.”