David Weston was awarded the "Outstanding Contribution Award 2021" by AA Hopsitality in September 2021
Special Publishing Ltd. was runner-up as 'Family Business of the Year' in the Western Gazette Business Awards 2011
The B&B Association won the 'Sector Representation Award 2012', as the best trade association in Britain (out of 313) at representing its members.
David Weston received an 'Indy 100' Award for his company's sustained profitability (1996-2001) in the top 1% of all mid-sized UK companies.
ABOUT David Weston
VIDEO (2 mins) - click above to watch: Simon Numphud of AA Hospitality announcing and David Weston accepting the 2021 "Outstanding Achievement Award" on 27 September 2021
David Weston has a 30 year track record in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector. He is a Fellow of the Tourism Society (FTS), and a member of the Government's Tourism Industry Council. In September 2021, David was awarded AA Hospitality's "Outstanding Achievement Award" 2021.
After gaining a BSc. in Printing & Communications Technology, David started his career printing LP covers, then served as director of a small London advertising agency before moving into tour operating.
David created the Great Escapes short breaks brand, and built it to a 17% share of its highly competitive market (and best in net profit margin out of all the major short breaks operators) over a five year period, winning the business a Deloitte & Touche/The Independent “Indy 100” award in May 2002 presented by the Small Businesses Minister Nigel Griffiths MP, for achieving sustained profitable growth over a five-year period, in the top 1% of all UK mid-market companies (across all sectors).
After leading the 3i-backed Management Buy-Out which combined the holiday businesses Great Escapes, Allez France, SuperSites and Corsican Places to form the newly-created Holiday Places Group, David served for a year as the group's first Managing Director before selling up.
In 2006 David founded the Bed and Breakfast Association, the UK trade association for the B&B and guest house sector, which won the CBI/Trade Association Forum "Sector Representation Award" in 2010 as the best trade association in Britain at representing its members.
David is CEO of Special Publishing Ltd., which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021 and which publishes Hospitality Today magazine, which itself celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2021 as the multi-media trade title for the UK's hospitality sector.
As publisher of Hospitality Today, David has interviewed and written profiles or features on hospitality industry figures including Raymond Blanc, Prue Leith, Rick Stein, Tom Kerridge, Adam Handling, Loyd Grossman, Jeremy Goring, Kit Chapman, Martin Wishart and Atul Kochhar, and the CEOs of Hilton Europe, IHG, Accor UK, Compass, Red Carnation Hotels, Handpicked Hotels, Baxter Storey, Loungers, Sodexo, D&D Restaurants, Unilever Foodservice, Fuller Smith & Turner and many others.
Fred Sirieix appeared in a couple of exclusive Hospitality Today videos some 10 years ago, long before his current TV 'superstar' status from shows such as First Dates, Gordon, Gino and Fred and others.
Special Publishing are also currently working on plans for a new website for everyone who loves eating out: Restaurantgoer.com. We have a selection of very special domain names available for sale - see SpecialDomainNames.co.uk.
David is co-author of How to Start and Run a B&B, reviewed as "One of the most practical, well structured, easy to read and informative small business books I have come across".The Times said "If you're thinking of buying a B&B or you've just started in one ... buy it.
Solid advice, well written, good, up to date info especially on marketing".
David has also written for The Times, VisitBritain's 'Accommodation Know How', Travel Weekly magazine, Parliamentary Monitor magazine, TravelMole, Tourism magazine, Travel Trade Gazette, Luxury B&B Magazine and others, and spoken on tourism issues on BBC TV, ITV, SKY news, Radio 4 and many regional radio stations. Some of David's press articles are here.
In November 2015, David was invited by the then Minister of Tourism, Tracey Crouch MP, to sit on the Tourism Industry Council, a group of 20 or so tourism industry leaders, chaired by the Tourism Minister, who meet to advise the Government on tourism industry issues and act as a link between the UK tourism and hospitality sector and the UK Government, via its new inter-departmental Ministerial Group on Tourism.
Locally in Bruton, David volunteers as a director of the newly-formed not-for-profit 'community interest company' Bruton for Bruton CIC, dedicated to enhancing the lives of the local community.
DW addressing the first International B&B Conference in Shanghai, China, on 20th June 2017.
DW interviewed live on Sky News (April 2012), about the effects of the tanker drivers' dispute on tourism. He said "I think it is wrong that a small number of workers who happen to be in a privileged position can hold to ransom an industry [tourism] which is the third largest employer in the UK".
DW being presented with the Sector Representation Award 2010 by Nick Hewer (of "The Apprentice").
DW with Michel Roux Jr at Filmbank's launch of 'Michel Roux's Service' (November 2011).
Michel Roux Jr was exclusively interviewed in Hospitality Today (Oct/Nov 11 issue).
DW (centre) with Bronwyn Groves of Sky and Martin Couchman OBE of the British Hospitality Association at the Master Innholders' 2014 Conference at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London (20-21 January 2014).