CODE Hospitality’s Happiest Places to Work survey is now live. Have your say on whether your company is a happy place to work. The survey closes on Sunday 28 July.

The survey will take less than 5 minutes and by completing this survey you will be entered into a draw to win a £150 restaurant voucher at a CODE venue of your choice.*

If you’re a decision maker at your company and have not yet registered to take part in Happiest Places to Work, you can find out more and register your company here

Over the past six years, we have run our Happiness in Hospitality survey and this year we look to champion companies with the happiest teams in hospitality and look at some of the reasons as to what makes them happy.

One of our missions at CODE is to promote hospitality as a variable career, shining a light on best employment practices and continuing to make sure the industry evolves for the better. We hope our Happiest Places to Work can help achieve this.

How it works & who can take part

Your team will be asked to take a short survey with 5 questions about their place of work and how they rank these in terms of importance.

The survey results will then be anonymised (see our privacy policy) and assessed by a judging panel made up of a diverse group of some of the industry’s leading operators and individuals. The judging panel will produce a list of the Happiest Places to Work, which will be announced in the autumn.

Happiest Places to Work is open to all companies within the hospitality industry, including hospitality PR and suppliers.

Companies require a minimum of 30% of their total team to complete the survey in order to be considered by our judging panel. Higher levels of participation from your team will provide more accurate benchmarking data.

Unlike other similar initiatives, there is no fee to register a company to participate.


July 3rd: Survey opens

July 28th: Survey closes

September: Judging panel

October: List announced

Why take part?

Get feedback

Survey results will be anonymised and provided to companies which participated. This will allow you to identify current strengths in your workplace culture and practices and provide insight into areas which can be improved.

Attract top talent

If listed as one of the happiest places to work in the industry, you will attract top industry talent.

Recognise your team

Get recognised both within and beyond the industry as an employer with good culture and sustainable practices, making and keeping your team happy.

Engage your team

Chance to impact change

Encourage your team to give honest feedback to highlight areas where they feel the company can improve as an employer.

Encourage your team to take the survey

The survey will only take 5 minutes. If possible, try and dedicate some time for the team to fill out the survey while at work.


The individuals who make up the team are a big part of somewhere being a happy place to work. Remind your team that this recognition would be of them as a team, as well as the company itself.

Register your company

If you haven’t already, register your company now to take part and be in with a chance to be listed as one of the happiest places to work in hospitality.

Once you have completed the registration form you will receive an email with a link to the survey to share with your team, please get in touch if you don’t.

Our judging panel

Will Beckett
Co-founder & CEO, Hawksmoor

Having set up the first Hawksmoor in 2006 with best friend Huw Gott, the pair have grown the business into one of the most admired restaurant brands in the UK. It has been ranked amongst the best companies to work for by Best Companies for 13 years in a row, and amongst the most sustainable restaurant groups by the Sustainable Restaurant Association for the same period.

Lorraine Copes
Founder & CEO, Be Inclusive Hospitality

A multi-award-winning social entrepreneur, board member, procurement consultant, food and drink writer and life coach. Having spent two decades as an executive director for brands including Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and Corbin & King, Copes founded Be Inclusive Hospitality CIC in 2020 due to the consistent lack of representation of people of colour in positions of influence and the supply chain.

Chantelle Nicholson
Chef patron, Apricity

A multi-award winning chef, restaurateur, author and advocate. Nicholson is the founder of Apricity restaurant, in London’s Mayfair, which celebrates conscious cooking and joyful dining, which gained a Michelin Green Star in 2023. Originally from New Zealand, and a trained lawyer, she is committed to creating a more sustainable and holistic future across her operations and activities.

Prudence Stamp
Head of People & Culture, Urban Leisure Group

Having been with Urban Leisure Group nearly 11 years and working her way into general management, Stamp has worked in People & Culture for the past six years. She is CIPD Level 5 qualified, a Mindfulness and Resilience at Work coach, Mental Health First Aider and interested in leadership and wellbeing in hospitality.

Jun Tanaka
Chef patron, The Ninth

Tanaka has over 30 years’ experience working in London’s most iconic restaurants such as Le Gavroche, The Restaurant Marco Pierre White and The Square. He opened The Ninth in 2015 and was awarded a Michelin star in 2017. His proudest achievement to date is that The Ninth has been ranked in The Caterer’s Top 30 best places to work in hospitality for the past three years.

Thom Elliot
Co-founder, Pizza Pilgrims

Elliot is the co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims with his brother. Starting out on a market stall in 2012 – they now operate 25 pizzerias across the UK – and have put team and guest happiness at the forefront of their thoughts for 12 years and counting.

Queena Wong
Founder, Curious Vines

A prominent UK wine collector and hospitality lover, Wong is the leader and voice for Curious Vines, a supportive community of women in the UK wine industry that cultivates connectivity. She commissioned the ground-breaking UK Women in Wine Industry Survey released October 2023 kickstarting the drinks industry Equity Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of which she is on the Advisory Council.

Clerkenwell Boy
Consultant & content creator

Clerkenwell Boy is a restaurant, bar and travel consultant, award winning content creator, entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. His clients include luxury hotels, private members clubs, property developers, drinks brands & tourism boards. He has co-founded charity campaigns such as #CookForSyria, #CookForUkraine, #CookForPalestine ~ raising over £5m+ for various charity partners

Adam Hyman
Founder, CODE Hospitality

Truly passionate about the hospitality industry, Hyman founded CODE to promote hospitality as a viable career path and work towards improving the industry as a better place to work. As well as CODE’s Happiest Places to Work, he also sits on the judging panel for both CODE’s Women of the Year and 30 under 30.


If you have any questions about taking part or in general, please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected].

Supported by

Planday, the workforce management platform that gives a shift, is delighted to be involved in CODE’s Happiest Places to work campaign this year. Planday will be supporting through their alignment with The Single Biggest Shift Campaign to highlight the importance of retaining and sustaining a healthy hospitality business through planning rotas further ahead. Happy teams are crucial in hospitality and what better way to support that, than to honour those leaders making the industry a happier place to work.

Toast, the all-in-one POS platform built for restaurants, is proud to continue its partnership with CODE to champion companies with the happiest teams in hospitality. Toast has been named a certified Great Place to Work so we truly understand the importance of fostering an inclusive and empowered culture for our teams to thrive and serve our customers.

*One randomly selected participant will win a £150 voucher to spend in a CODE venue. This voucher is only redeemable at a single venue listed on the CODE app and will need to be arranged directly with the CODE team. The closing date of the prize draw is 23:59 on 28 July 2024. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. In order to be entered into the prize draw you will need to provide a valid email address on completion of the survey. The winner will be notified by email by 11 August 2024. If a winner does not respond to CODE within 14 days of being notified by CODE, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and CODE shall be entitled to select another winner. Only one entry per person.

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