Saturday 18 February 2023

Hospitality Rocks 2023 well & truly rocked!

Three long awaited years later, the hospitality and event industry rocked the night away at the eagerly anticipated night of the year - Hospitality Rocks 2023 Christmas Party.


Hospitality Rocks returned, and it well and truly rocked the industry!

Friday, 13th January 2023

The one and only exclusive party for the hospitality & events industry returned in ‘New York’ style, and it was a huge success! For the sixth year, this amazing event provides the opportunity for hospitality professionals to let their hair down and be thanked for all their hard work. The sold-out event was held here at Evolution London, which raised £30,000 towards Springboard and Hospitality Action.



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Back in New York, New York style


The fairytale city came alive as party-goers embarked on an immersive journey through the streets of the Big Apple with a production of epic proportions. Guests were transported to Broadway Street complete with Katz Deli diner, an authentic Irish bar and ‘The Yankee’ which paid homage to a downtown New York sports bar.

A speech from CEO Greg Lawson


In 2016, Smart Group, led by CEO Greg Lawson, launched ‘Hospitality Rocks’, an event to reward hospitality industry professionals for their hard work and dedication following the silly season.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to host Hospitality Rocks and to remind ourselves of what a thrilling industry we work in. We are proud to continue to raise such a significant sum for both Springboard and Hospitality Action – two incredibly worthy charities that continue to support our valued workers…

Our industry is wonderfully diverse with a rich culture full of creativity and determination. We have weathered the awful days of Covid, thrown off the January ‘blues’ and we are back, bigger and better than ever before. This year was a truly show-stopping event with exceptional food and hospitality, showcasing Smart Group’s capabilities as the finest party-throwers in town.” 

Eventful Fun and Fundraising


Since the beginning of the pandemic, the industry has faced unprecedented challenges; from rail strikes to the cost-of-living crisis, staff shortages and soaring energy bills. Throughout the event, money was raised through a series of initiatives including an auction, dodgems, with Smart Group also donating £5 of every ticket sale to the charities. Hospitality Rocks raised over a whopping £24,500 for industry charities Springboard and Hospitality Action. Smart Group have made a further donation, taking the total raised to £30,000. 

Catered by Moving Venue


As singers and dancers dazzled the guests, they were wined and dined by Evolution London’s award-winning in-house catering arm, Moving Venue. Delicious canapés were served on arrival, followed by a decadent three course meal. 


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