UNITED COFFEE BOSS JOINS TOP 100 CLUB
25 June 2012
Elaine Higginson, managing director of United Coffee UK & Ireland, has been recognised as one of the most influential women in hospitality, travel, leisure and tourism.
Elaine was inducted in to the prestigious Women 1st Top 100 Club at the Shine Awards, on 19 June, which celebrates and rewards women’s achievements and spotlights individuals that are leading the way in supporting female development and retention.
Recognised for her passion, focus and inspirational leadership, Elaine was also applauded for her business achievements including the impressive exponential growth of the UK business, which was key in the global acquisition of the United Coffee Group by Japan’s leading coffee company, UCC Holdings Co, in April this year, making it one of the world’s top 5 independent coffee companies.
Sharon Glancy, founder of Women 1st comments: “Our Top 100 Club recognises those women that really shine in their careers and are an inspiration to others. Elaine was an obvious choice to induct in to this roll of honour. She is well-known for her infectious energy, enthusiasm and outstanding customer service as well as her impressive business achievements.”
Elaine Higginson comments: “I’m delighted to be included in this year’s prestigious list and am proud to work in such an exciting and fast-moving industry where no day is ever the same.
“My mantra for success is work hard, listen to your customers, always have a plan and develop followers. It’s worked for me and I continue to thrive on the fresh challenges this business and the industry brings everyday. But I couldn’t have got where I am today on my own – I have the support of the best team in the business who share my passion for delivering great coffee to our customers.”
As well as delivering ambitious growth objectives in tough trading conditions, Elaine leads by example to motivate her 350 strong team to deliver outstanding results. Under her leadership United Coffee UK & Ireland has become the UK’s largest roaster and leading total coffee solutions provider, whilst maintaining its reputation for the personal touch by working in partnership with operators to help them deliver an outstanding consumer experience.Back to news »