NEW BUSINESS SERVING UP ‘HOSPITALITY EXCELLENCE’ IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Hospitality Excellence, a new food hygiene consultancy company has launched today. The company, headed up by Clogher business woman, Rhonda Montgomery, is a membership-based organisation for food service providers which offers a range of services that will help establishments to achieve and maintain a score of 5 in food hygiene ratings.

Hospitality Excellence will assist food service providers with technical support, advice and guidance, that will help their business to achieve and maintain the top food hygiene ratings that reflect the standards of food hygiene in their premises. A £90,000 investment has been made in the new business which has also resulted in the creation of two new jobs.

Among the services that Hospitality Excellence provide is the conducting of quarterly unannounced hygiene visits to member premises, these visits aim to help maintain consistent levels of hygiene and help to prepare members for inspections. Hospitality Excellence will also work with member businesses to provide accurate nutritional and allergen information for menus.

The launch of Hospitality Excellence took place at The Apartment in Belfast, one of the company’s member organisations and part of The Downey Group whose properties include McHugh’s and The Thirsty Goat, which are also members.

Speaking on the motivation to create Hospitality Excellence, Managing Director and Chief Trainer, Rhonda Montgomery said:

“The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme became mandatory in Northern Ireland in 2016 and since then food service providers have been tasked with maintaining and displaying a consistent high rating on their doors. Elements such as staff turnover and lack of ongoing training can be challenging for businesses, leading to fluctuating scores which in turn reflects poorly on the business.

“Hospitality Excellence will work with businesses on an ongoing basis to ensure they are sufficiently prepared and confident for inspections from the Food Standard Agency and Environmental Health Office, maintaining top food hygiene ratings.  The affordable membership scheme and service options offered by Hospitality Excellence mean that we can cater to the requirements of food service providers of every size.”

Speaking at the launch, Michele Downey of the Downey Group, added:

“Being a member of Hospitality Excellence gives each of our venues the ongoing support and training required to deliver consistent top food hygiene ratings on the doors of each establishment, the value of which cannot be underestimated in the competitive hospitality landscape in Northern Ireland at present.

“The experience and expertise from Rhonda and the Hospitality Excellence team will ensure that our restaurants and staff members are confident, prepared and up to standard for industry inspections.”

Hospitality Excellence is the latest business venture for Rhonda Montgomery, who established her flagship business, Montgomery Food Consulting, in 2012. Since then she has established a successful sister business that represents the needs and requirements of butchers across Ireland – Butchery Excellence International, before going on to create Hospitality Excellence.

Hospitality Excellence memberships are available for as little as £7 per week, the organisation also offers food safety training. To find out more, call Hospitality Excellence on 028 8555 7700, visit www.hospitalityexcellenceireland.com  or email rhonda@montgomeryfoodconsulting.com