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WELCOME TO THE BEALES HOTELS NEWS PAGES

Here you can keep up to date with what's happening in and around Beales Hotels.

March 2008:

Congratulations

...To all at Beales Hotels on the fantastic news that we have been awarded the Overall Winners trophy in the National Sustainable City Awards beating along the way the likes of Sainsbury’s, Royal Mail and other large organisations. At a wonderful ceremony in a packed Egyptian Hall at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor spoke of the importance of sustainability to UK business. However, we never thought for a moment that we would walk away with the Winners Trophy when up against all the big companies.
...Our entry focussed on our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint through the introduction of new boiler technology, our focus on local food and small suppliers, the constant tree planting in the Beale Arboretum at WLP, and the very fact of still being here as an intact family business, some 239 years later – the ultimate in sustainability! Pictured here is the Founder and Director of Fair Trade, Harriet Lamb awarding the prize to Beverley Doidge, David Seward and Andrew Beale [pic top left]
...To Dagmar Dvorackova, promoted at BH to Assistant Restaurant and Bar Manager.
...To Kieran Wheeler who was the BH Champion of the quarter Oct/Dec 07 [pic top right].
...To John Keane, Clare Markham, Lucy Plant, Daniel Healey, Stephen Sims, Richard Chmiel, Adam Brooks, Matthew Croxford, Anthony Browning, Dawn Brumwell, Michelle Ricks, Lauren Pryor, Aimie Chatfield on the presentation of their certificates of completion of the Blue Mountain and Beales Hotel Leadership course certificates – all seen here with Theresa Dickinson of Blue Mountain, David Seward, Callum Kennedy and Andrew Beale after a gala celebratory dinner at Beales Hotel [pic bottom right]

Farewell

to Michelle Ricks [pic left] after 8 years in the Reception Team at WLP. Michelle, you will be hugely
missed by all our staff and guests as you move to new pastures and although we wish you all the best in your new role, please know that if you ever want to re-join the team at WLP you will be forever welcome.

Aimie Chatfield [pic middle] has taken on the additional role of BH HR Manager and Lauren Pryor [pic right] has moved to BH in her role as Business Development Manager. Our congratulations go to both of them.

Awards update

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.

Estates News

...WLP Room 45 is now complete [pic right top] in a stylish new scheme complete with the most luxurious Hypnos
pocket sprung bed yet.
...At BH the latest work by Steve Rogers is now up in the Oaklands room [pic right bottom]
entitled “Hedge – canonical perspective 6.5”
...The final decision on the major scheme at BH to put 19 stunning new rooms and a gym/spa on the top floor is due in a week’s time.
...At WLP, the Cedar restaurant will close straight after Christmas 08 for two months while it undergoes a major refurbishment.
...At BH we are fitting free broadband into all 53 existing rooms, a major step forward and in line with guest expectations. We hope to do similar for WLP in due course.
...At WLP, Room 12 and Room 15 are being improved at present, with major schemes to both rooms (photos to follow next month)

Beales Caterers

Beales Caterers, our new Outside Catering Business, looking after people wishing to hold functions at venues other than WLP or BH in North London and Hertfordshire, is now up and running, with a splendid home page and much other information online. We have not been inundated with bookings yet, but the word is getting out there. In February 08, there were 28% more unique visitors to www.bealeshotels.co.uk in this shorter month than in December 2007.

Website News

Beales Caterers, our new Outside Catering Business, looking after people wishing to hold functions at venues other than WLP or BH in North London and Hertfordshire, is now up and running, with a splendid home page and much other information online. We have not been inundated with bookings yet, but the word is getting out there. In February 08, there were 28% more unique visitors to www.bealeshotels.co.uk in this shorter month than in December 2007.

And finally...

featuring in that well known national monthly H magazine (don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it..) is Trevor and Andrew Beale in an article on Family Business and successive generations of hoteliers! [pics right]. Click here to download the article

Andrew Beale
Managing Director