The founding directors of The Chartridge Conference Company (CCC), Barry Wilson and Peter Darnell, have announced they are handing over the management of the four conference centres to Hamilton Hotel Partners, an asset management company with interests focused on central and eastern Europe.
Darnell and Wilson built up the portfolio over a period of 15 years.
Chartridge Conference Company began with the acquisition of Chartridge, which had previously been the British Airways training centre. The company expanded during the 1990s with the addition of Hitchin Priory, The Beeches at Bournville and Lydiard House in Swindon to the portfolio.
A fifth property, The Node in Codicote, was suddenly closed in late 2011 and sold for housing development.
A statement from CCC says the change in the management structure will not affect supplier and client relationships.
“Barry and I would like to thank all the staff, clients and suppliers for their support and loyalty during the last 15 years which has been a major contribution to the success of CCC,” Darnell said. “The values and standards that have become synonymous with CCC will not diminish nor will the professionalism of the teams at each venue who will continue to offer the highest level of service and quality that all CCC’s clients have rightly come to expect.”
Frank Croston, Partner of Hamilton Hotel Partners, added: “We are delighted to assume management responsibility for the Chartridge Conference Company and look forward to building upon the excellent reputation of the business created by Peter Darnell and Barry Wilson. We wish Barry and Peter well as they take a well deserved rest and begin another chapter in their busy lives.”
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