June 2008

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June 15, 2008




…to Dagmar Dvorackova, promoted to Restaurant and Bars Manager at BH after successfully managing and developing the team. [pic top left]

…Charlotte Dunnell, winner of the employee of the quarter award for Jan – Mar at BH – although she only joined the hotel in January she has made a wonderful difference to the reception team at the hotel [pic top right]

…Adam Brooks, promoted to Assistant C&B Manager at WLP – Adam joined WLP from Buckingham and has quickly made himself invaluable in the team here. [pic middle left]

…Clare Markham promoted from Reservations Manager to Reception and Reservations Manager at BH [pic middle right]

…Claire Johnston promoted to Reception Manager at WLP [pic bottom left]

…Trevor Beale, Derek Honour, Grant Cook, Beverley Doidge, on another successful Garden Open Day at WLP – £612 was raised for the National Gardens Scheme charity and 199 people enjoyed a tour around the glorious gardens and arboretum of WLP in wonderful spring colours. [pic bottom right from Spring Garden notes 2008]

… Callum Kennedy and the BH team on their successful AA inspection on 13th May – the inspector was pleased to confirm a continuation of our present AA rating – namely Four stars, 2 AA Rosettes, and an 80% Quality rating. This puts us on level pegging with a certain other hotel (WLP) as the two highest rated four star hotels in the county and for miles around.

Sales News

Beales Hotels was present in several places at the Herts Show this year flying the flag for this county.

Website visits are averaging out at around 10’000 unique visitors each month – a huge increase on last year.

There are some wonderful new web pages to enjoy including WLP Concerts, WLP Gardens, BH Outside in, BH Talk Bar, Group press page pre-2004 with a selection of great newspaper clippings.

Estates News

Beales Hotels have reached the shortlist of two prestigious awards :

Finalists in the Sustainable City Awards 2008 run by the Lord Mayor of London – with over 120 entries, we are in the final 5!

Finalists in the Coutts Bank 2007 Family business of the year award – again in the final 5 for this award. We will know the results of both shortly.

The saga of the top floor at BH rumbles on with no clear answer – the latest costs from the builders are too high so we are working at bringing these down to a more reasonable level. In the meantime the Estates Team at both hotels is busy painting the outside areas including the front elevation at WLP and the south elevation at BH.

And finally…

at a glittering reception at Coutts Bank in the Strand on Thursday, Beales Hotels won a special commendation for Business Heritage and Transformation in the Coutts Prize for Family Business National Final with the award of a fantastic personalised cartoon by Robert Duncan which will go up in the public areas at WLP. This National Award is the highlight of the family business calendar and is much sought after.

The judges commented on the effective way in which the company had re-invented itself over the generations while keeping true to core family values and maintaining a strong sense of pride in the family nature of the business.

Beales Hotels had already won the regional final for London and the South East for Family Business of the Year in the £5M – £25M turnover category.

Andrew Beale
Managing Director