A Midlands venue has scooped gold in a prestigious award ceremony.
EEF Venues’ Woodland Grange meeting and conference venue in Leamington Spa took the top spot in the Business Tourism category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015, held at the Sage Gateshead.
The VisitEngland Awards attracted a total of 345 applications, with five finalists vying for gold under the Business Tourism category.
Woodland Grange is the flagship venue of the EEF Venues’ group which has two other venues: Broadway House in Westminster and Engineers’ House in Bristol. Set within 16 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, Woodland Grange has 26 conference and meeting rooms, superfast synchronous internet, 114 en-suite bedrooms, a leisure suite, two bars, a restaurant and an internet café. Earlier this year, the venue gained BDRC Gold status.
David Vaughton, director of venues for EEF Venues, said: “This is a proud moment for all at EEF Venues and a tangible endorsement of our quality standards. It is testament to our teams who have the expertise and experience to understand the very specific needs of a business client. We feel enormously proud of this national recognition.”
“Our teams have the necessary training and experience to handle the often complex operational requirements of a business event efficiently and competently because that is what they do, day-in, day-out. Every detail is looked after, from setting up presentation equipment to catering requirements. Nothing is left to chance.”
“This award is for every single member of staff at Woodland Grange who tirelessly work to achieve customer service excellence.”
Other award winners announced at the ceremony include:
Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Matfen, Newcastle upon Tyne – Large Hotel of the Year
Treetop Trek Ltd, Windermere, Cumbria – Best Tourism Experience
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire – Large Visitor Attraction
Hotel Maiyango, Leicester – Taste of England
Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, Winkleigh, Devon – Sustainable Tourism
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire – Access for All Tourism Award
VisitEngland chairman, Lady Cobham, CBE, said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence celebrate the very best in English tourism. It is the highest accolade and recognises the true champions of our industry, as well as the top quality visitor experiences we are fortunate to have on offer in England. The competition is of an increasingly high standard and so I offer my sincere congratulations to all our winners, particularly the Gold award winners for their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.”
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