BHM takes on two hotels, saving 35 jobs

Branded Hotel Management (BHM) has signed a contract to run two hotels in Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, safeguarding 35 jobs.

The Hampton by Hilton – Corby/Kettering, which became Europe’s first Hampton by Hilton hotel in 2009, and Park Inn by Radisson Doncaster Hotel are now under BHM management.

The 88-room Hampton by Hilton – Corby/Kettering hotel on the Rockingham Leisure Park in Princewood, Corby, employs 18 staff and the 85-room Park Inn in Decoy Bank South, White Rose Way, has a 17-strong workforce.

Business Development Director at BHM, Andy Townsend, said: “We are delighted to be involved in these two hotel projects, which have had some instability over the past few years with the former tenant.

“Now with us working directly with the hotels’ owner, we are better placed to develop the hotels and their businesses to ensure that we increase their share of both leisure and corporate business.”

He said: “Our immediate aim has been to stabilise the management teams at both properties with the appointment of new General Managers at each unit.

“We will be reviewing the sales and marketing plans to develop each business and re-establish their share of hotel bookings in Corby and Doncaster.”

The announcement of the latest additions to the group follows BHM being appointed as operators of the new, four-star deluxe 216-bedroom HQ hotel as part of the new development on the waterfront at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

The Pullman Liverpool will be operated by BHM under a franchisee agreement from Accor Hotels & Resorts and is scheduled to open in September next year.

Townsend added: “Taking over the management contract of the Hampton by Hilton – Corby/Kettering and Park Inn by Radisson Doncaster Hotel as well as operating The Pullman Liverpool is all part of our growth agenda, which complements our combined portfolio of 27 assets across the UK and Southern Spain.”

More UK hotels changed owner and management over a busy summer period.

Kew Green Holdings Ltd has acquired 19 Holiday Inn hotels in the UK from LRG Holdings, which means the group now looks after 38 Holiday Inns. It enlarges Kew’s portfolio to 53 hotels with almost 6,700 bedrooms.

The hotels will continue to trade as Holiday Inn-branded hotels under a new franchise agreement. Refurbishments are promised over the next few years.

Meanwhile, Kempinski ended its management contract with The Stafford in London and the owner of The Roxburghe in Edinburgh signed a new management deal.

Hallmark Hotels was purchased by Topland with the management going to Bespoke Hotels, which also took over 12 Menzies Hotels in 2013.

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