Bespoke’s Robin Sheppard wins Outstanding Contribution award at the Cateys

George Sell By George Sell
02 December 2016 | Updated 02 December 2016

UK: Bespoke Hotels chairman and co-founder Robin Sheppard has been presented with the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2016 Hotel Cateys.

The awards, hosted by The Caterer magazine, are designed to honour the achievements of the hospitality sector's leading lights.
The Outstanding Achievement award recognises Sheppard's 40-year career in the hotel world, during which time he has overseen the running of some of the UK's finest hotels, including The Lygon Arms, Royal Berkshire, and The Bath Spa Hotel, which was awarded Hotel of the Year by the Caterer while under his stewardship in 1994.
Building on this success, he founded Bespoke Hotels in 2000 alongside partner and CEO Haydn Fentum, and has since seen the group grow rapidly to encompass more than 170 properties and over 8,000 employees across the UK and around the world.
Sheppard was struck down by Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which left him paralysed for 18 months, before he was able to return to work in 2006.
This experience, and the subsequent lengthy rehabilitation, led to his desire to address attitudes to accessibility within the hospitality industry, resulting in his spearheading the Bespoke Access Awards, a design competition aimed at challenging perceptions around disabled accommodation and devising innovative new methods to approach hotel access.
"It is deeply humbling to receive such recognition from within the industry," said Sheppard. "I still remember vividly receiving Hotel of the Year honours from The Caterer all the way back in 1994, and I'm delighted to say it feels even better now. We take huge pride in the quality of the team we've assembled at Bespoke, both home and abroad. Haydn and I couldn't have succeeded without their dedication, so as much as I might be dazzled by the limelight it has been a real team effort."

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