Corporate Magazine April 2017

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PGA Pro Mark Lloyd from Macdonald Hotels & Resorts talks tee time, we have a round-up of the latest venue news in our Showcase section plus the latest discounts and deals for delegates, including a Silverstone offer which could help fuel your next event!

April 2017

The Tee

Time Interview

with PGA Pro Mark Lloyd

Cancer Research UK

Boat Race

Oxford or Cambridge?

The Lakes Distillery

Add a bespoke spirit tasting to your next event!

Art Deco reigns in the

Earl of Doncaster


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Contents

Contents

Front Cover: Macdonald Hill

Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa

This month's

top picks: 4 >>

Earl of Doncaster:

5 >>

Coventry Transport

Museum: 6 >>

The Lakes Distillery:

7 >>

Sharing our Showcase News: 8 - 14 >>

The Herbert Art

Gallery: 15 >>

Pinewood Hotel:

16 >>

The Old Grammar

School: 17 >>

The Tee Time

Interview: 18 -21 >>

Macdonald Hotels

Group: 22 - 23 >>

Cancer Research UK

Boat Race: 24 - 25 >>

Latest Offers:

26 - 27 >>

Industry Interview:

28 - 29 >>

Using our service

& Meet the Team:

30 - 31 >>

Findmeaconference & Findmeahotelroom are both divisions of Infotel Solutions Ltd. Copyright © 2017.

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This month's top picks

A selection of top meeting & conference venues

Venue 360

Shendish Manor Hotel & Golf Course

Regency Park Hotel

Totally Wicked

Stadium

Holiday Inn Birmingham

North Cannock

Manor of Groves Hotel, Golf & Country Club

Hilton Cobham

Slaley Hall Northumberland

Bunk Inn

View more >>

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Featured Venue

Earl of Doncaster Hotel

Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN2 6AD

Day Rates from

£29

24hr Rates from

£130

The Earl of Doncaster and Café Bar Concerto

have undergone a dramatic change over recent

years and now welcome guests and delegates

to an elegant, imaginatively designed hotel and

restaurant, complementing its 1920s Art Deco

roots.

With an established reputation as one of

Doncaster's leading conference venues, The Earl

offers superb facilities for up to 350 delegates.

The impressive Ballroom is full of character, has

its own sprung dance floor and private bar, and

can be easily transformed from a banqueting

venue to a formal conference setting. Located on

the ground floor and with its own separate entrance,

the Concorde has a crisp, modern look with marble

effect floors while the Ripon and Wetherby Room,

also on the first floor, provides excellent

syndicate areas.

A full range of business services are available,

including facsimile, photocopying and secretarial

support, together with a wide range of conference

aids and equipment.

60 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant/

Catering

Bar

Weddings

& Parties

Fitness

Centre

Ballroom

Live

Music

300 Max

Delegates

3 Function

Rooms

Read more on the Earl of

Doncaster in our interview

with Jonathan Bradwell >>

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Featured Venue

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry, Warwickshire CV1 1JD

Day Rates from

£31

With excellent modern facilities and

an attentive personal service, guests

and delegates can enjoy privileged

access to a world-class attraction

perfect for daytime or evening events.

The museum's prestigious collection

creates a dramatic backdrop for

meetings, conferences, exhibitions,

receptions and special occasions,

and with everything from boneshakers

to high speed simulators available,

Coventry Transport Museum is

certain to impress and inspire.

Corporate hospitality and themed

events are a speciality, with the

venue working with a select preferred

group of caterers who can create

menus from simple buffets to

gourmet dishes. A dedicated event

organiser is available to assist from

initial enquiry through to the

successful completion of events.

Located in the heart of Coventry and

within ten minutes from the M6, M69

and approximately 15 minutes from

the M1, M40 and M42.

FREE

WiFi

Catering

Coffee

Shop

Private

Parties

Museum

500 Max

Delegates

4 Function

Rooms

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Featured Venue

The Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SJ

Day Rates from

£40

24hr Rates from

£150

Housed in a beautifully renovated 1850s Victorian

model farm, The Lakes Distillery provides a unique

setting for private events. The Boardroom offers a

luxurious environment for meetings, Christmas

parties and special occasions.

The Boardroom can be complemented with special

spirit tastings, evening distillery tours and dedicated

staff for private dining. Bespoke menus from Head

Chef Andrew Beaton and his team guarantee a

memorable experience.

Every detail has been considered with the quality

of the leather seating to the Murano glass lighting

fixtures. A unique viewing window provides views of

the beautifully lit oak casks maturing in the distillery

warehouse.

FREE

Parking

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant/

Catering

Bar/Coffee

shop

Audio &

Visual

300 Max

Delegates

12 Function

Rooms

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Sharing our Showcase News

Every month, the teams at Findmeaconference

and Findmeahotelroom get to increase their

knowledge on specific venues through

our showcase events.

These informative opportunities let the teams ask questions,

build relationships and hear all the latest news from the visiting

venue representatives.

A round-up from some of the venues

we've welcomed to the office over the

last month can be found on the next

six pages...

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Sharing our Showcase News

The Elvetham Hotel & Business

Hook, Hampshire RG27 8AS

This 19th Century mansion is situated in beautiful Hampshire and offers

20 dedicated meeting and syndicate rooms, accommodating up to 110

delegates. With 35 acres of immaculate gardens, this venue also provides

an ideal location for team-building, such as motorised sport, clay shooting

and raft building.

Day Rates from

£50

24hr Rates from

£170

Our Pro Tip: fabulous for impressing delegates, guests and clients with

real wow factor from the impressive exterior to the stately interior.

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Sharing our Showcase News

Allianz Park

Hendon, London NW4 1RL

Home to the Saracens Rugby Club, Allianz Park lets organisers take a blank

canvas to create the perfect event for up to 600 delegates. For large events,

The Tulip Club provides flexible space at the centre of the stadium, with a

private balcony overlooking the pitch.

Day Rates from

£45

There are more than 800 free on-site car parking spaces and the venue has

easy connections to overland rail at Mill Hill Broadway, and underground

stations at Mill Hill East, Finchley Central and Hendon.

Our Pro Tip: For smaller meetings with inspiring views of the pitch, pick

one of the executive boxes. They're furnished to a high standard and include

state-of-the-art AV equipment.

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Sharing our Showcase News

Moorhill House Hotel

Burley, Hampshire BH24 4AH

Ideally placed just five minutes from The New Forest village of Burley, and in easy reach of

Southampton, Salisbury and Bournemouth, the Moorhill House Hotel offers an idyllic setting and

a choice of three stylish, well equipped rooms, catering for up to 90 delegates.

A dedicated on-site events team will ensure organisers make the most of all the facilities available,

including country pursuits designed to test a team's abilities or take to the water for canoeing,

kayaking and sailing.

Our Pro Tip: For overnight stays delegates can enjoy the heated indoor swimming

pool and Nordic sauna before dining in the warm hospitality of the Burley Restaurant.

Day Rates from

£30

24hr

Rates from

£110

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Sharing our Showcase News

Heythrop Park Resort

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5UF

Dating back to 1710, this English country estate boasts an 18 hole championship golf course

and state-of-the-art conference facilities in 20 flexible rooms, including the unique and purpose

built, 400 seated, tiered Auditorium. On-site audio visual assistance and technical support, along

with translation booths and a production room put this venue in a special league of its own.

Our Pro Tip: The largest meeting room is The Ballroom which accommodates up

to 450 delegates and has its own private entrance, planner's desk and foyer, or the

space can be broken down into three individual rooms. Either way, it's an impressive

area for meetings and special occasions.

Day Rates from

£50

24hr

Rates from

£150

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Sharing our Showcase News

Sixways Stadium

Worcester, Worcestershire WR3 8ZE

Home to Sixways Events and the Premiership rugby team

Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium provides versatile space

in a 65 acre complex. Fabulous and flexible, it offers suites and

rooms for up to 1000 delegates, and free parking to match.

Tackle a board meeting in one of the executive boxes with views

of the pitch or entertain families with a corporate fun day taking

centre stage on the artificial pitch.

Our Pro Tip: From Breakfast to bespoke buffet via sandwich

platters, the experienced team of chefs provide great tasting

seasonal menus using the freshest and finest ingredients.

Day Rates from

£30

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Sharing our Showcase News

We also welcomed representatives from Hilton Hotel

& Resorts for a fun and informative quiz about Hilton

Manchester Deansgate, Hilton Brighton Metropole

and Hilton London Kensington.

It was a case of 'we do like to be beside the

seaside' when we were introduced to Hilton

Brighton Metropole!

With Brighton's mix of history and heritage, arts and

culture, beachfront buzz and sensational shopping,

it’s own Regency royal palace and being situated

only 30 minutes from London Gatwick, this venue

really does have bucket loads to offer organisers

and delegates.

Fabulous exhibition space, a maximum banquet

style capacity of 1300 guests, and spectacular

panoramic city and sea views from the Chartwell

Suite. What's not to love?

Our Pro Tip: The Salt Rooms restaurant serves

fresh British fish and crustaceans cooked over a

real charcoal oven. Enjoy!

Hilton London Kensington has recently refurbished

their 11 meeting rooms, taking inspiration from its

location in the leafy district of Holland Park. 'A walk in

the park' theme flows through the new design, with

attractive shades and layered patterns to create a

rural-meets-urban, eclectic city feel.

A particular highlight is the venue's atrium, which

offers a fabulous break out area, full of natural light.

Our Pro Tip: To be in London and to not shop,

dine or be entertained would be a crime! The West

End, shops and restaurants are all within walking

distance so pack some flats!

Hilton Manchester Deansgate really wowed us!

Forming part of the Beetham Tower, there's an

impressive 47 stories, making it the tallest UK

building outside of London. Cloud 23, the

sophisticated sky bar, looks amazing with its

panoramic views of Manchester, and makes a

perfect backdrop for popping open a bottle of

champagne, or enjoying cocktails and afternoon

tea while the Podium Restaurant offers deliciously

innovative cuisine.

Our Pro Tip: Not just for entertaining guests in

Cloud 23! The hotel has 11 meeting rooms and

suites, with the Deansgate Suite providing the

largest capacity (600 delegates). Located minutes

from Piccadilly and Victoria Railway Stations, with

Manchester International Airport only 25 minutes

away. Organisers looking for a Manchester

meeting or event space will find this venue

ticks all the boxes.

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Featured Venue

The Herbert Art Gallery

Coventry, Warwickshire CV1 5QP

Day Rates from

£31

The Herbert Art Gallery and

Museum situated in the cultural heart

of Coventry, offers flexible spaces,

including the spectacular Covered

Court; a large lofty atrium space

with striking, contemporary roof

architecture suitable for theatre style

events for up to 200 delegates or

600 guests attending receptions.

Two light and airy training rooms

offer inspiring views of the Cathedral

ruins and provide organisers with AV

equipment, flip charts, PC and pens,

or pick The Studio for black box

space equipped with projection,

a PA system, theatre lighting and

a sprung dance floor.

A team of professional catering

partners and in-house media experts

will ensure events are truly memorable,

and with the addition of guided tours

to bring museum objects to life,

delegates and guests will be truly

enthralled.

FREE

Parking

FREE

WiFi

Catering

& Cafe

Bar

Arts Centre

& Gallery

600 Max

Delegates

5 Function

Rooms

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Featured Venue

Pinewood Hotel

Slough, Berkshire SL3 6AP

Day Rates from

£40

24hr Rates from

£170

The Pinewood Hotel is a fantastic

new conference venue with three

purpose built rooms, stylish and

contemporary, all with natural

daylight, and located less than

ten miles from Heathrow Airport,

with good access to the M4,

M40 and M25.

Situated on the ground floor, The

Symak Room accommodates up

to 120 delegates theatre style and

provides access to the terrace and

views of the landscaped gardens.

The Maple Room provides a

breakout space from the main

meeting room and is also perfect for

board meetings, while The Acacia

Room, on the first floor, is superb

for training events and private dining

with a maximum capacity of 60

guests for a reception.

100 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant/

Catering

Bar Park & Fly Golf Fitness Indoor

Centre & Spa Pool

250 Max

Delegates

3 Function

Rooms

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Featured Venue

The Old Grammar School

Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1JD

Day Rates from

£35

This newly renovated 12th Century

listed building is situated next to

Coventry Transport Museum and

provides stunning surroundings for

conferences, dinners, networking

events and weddings.

The Great Hall, sitting at the heart

of the building, has impressive 14th

and 15th Century windows, carved

oak stools and a rich historical

atmosphere creating an inspiring

backdrop for events accommodating

up to 80 guests or delegates.

Equally impressive and suitable for

more intimate meetings and as a

syndicate room for up to 12 delegates.

The Chapel and the Private Courtyard

is perfect for summer drinks receptions,

al fresco dining or special occasion

photography.

The highly experienced staff and

exquisite bespoke catering add the

finishing touches to a memorable and

magnificent venue.

FREE

Parking

80 Max

Delegates

3 Function

Rooms

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The Tee Time Interview

PGA Professional Mark Lloyd joined

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts in June 2016

before being appointed Director of Golf at

Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa in

October. The Shropshire based resort offers

two challenging golf courses, both designed

by distinguished TV commentator Peter Aliss

and former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas

in 1975, making it one of the UK’s leading

golf venues.

What makes Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel,

Golf & Spa so special for visiting golfers

and corporate golf events?

The Par-73 Emerald Championship Course is

6,714 yards in length and features undulating

fairways, natural water hazards and strategically

placed bunkers. At 4,801 yards, the shorter,

Par-66 Sapphire course is slightly more forgiving

than the Emerald course, but its tight greens

ensure the course is an enjoyable experience

for visiting golfers.

Away from the golf course, visiting golfers are

also able to experience the resort, which is

located amid acres of peaceful gardens, yet

conveniently close to motorway networks.

The recently refurbished 4-star hotel offers 86

well equipped bedrooms, with its relaxed country

club ambience and stylish, modern interiors

helping to ensure an unforgettable stay.

In addition, the hotel also offers guests the

opportunity to enjoy the Vital Health & Wellbeing

Club, which offers numerous treatments in the

spa, including Rock Sauna and Aromatherapy

Steam Room, eight Asian inspired treatment

rooms, Mud Rasul, plus a 20m swimming pool

and well equipped gymnasium.

What's your favourite hole at Macdonald Hill

Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa and why?

We are fortunate to have two great golf courses

and some really fantastic golf holes, but I would

have to say that my favourite hole is the 18th on

the Emerald Championship Course.

Playing your final approach shot over water, with

guests watching from the terrace that overlooks

the green, helps to ensure it is an amazing way

to finish your round of golf.

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The Tee Time Interview

Describe the difference between playing

at your course in the summer to a round in

the winter? How would the course differ?

Are there particular seasonal challenges?

The green keeping staff do an amazing job to

ensure the golf courses are in great condition,

while the good drainage of the courses enables

visiting golfers to have a memorable round of

golf whatever time of year they visit.

However, the big difference in playing the two

courses between the summer and winter is with

the trees. We have around 40,000 trees lining the

fairways, so there is a little more forgiveness on

any stray shots during the winter months.

What programs are there at Macdonald Hill

Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa for junior golfers?

The Sapphire Course provides an ideal

opportunity for junior golfers to get involved in

the game as it's relatively short, so you don’t have

to hit the ball long distances, but the tree-lined

fairways help to promote accuracy from the tee,

which is a great lesson to learn.

Encouraging more juniors to take up the game

is something I am passionate about, so in 2017

I will be looking to introduce a number of junior

classes and to work with local schools in order

to attract the next generation of golfer.

Have you ever made a hole-in-one? If so,

what course and how did you celebrate?

I have only ever had one hole-in-one and it

was while I was playing socially with friends and

aside from a few high-fives, the celebrations

were fairly relaxed.

However, I remember it was slightly different

when I made an albatross on the 8th hole at

Hawkstone Park Club, where I holed my second

shot from about 220 yards. I celebrated by

jumping up and down for about five minutes!

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The Tee Time Interview

How old were you when you first started

playing golf?

I played a number of different sports growing

up, including football, tennis, table tennis and

golf. My mum and dad were both keen golfers

and I remember I first started playing with them

when I was eight years old. I then got my first

set of clubs when I was nine and then by the

age of 12 I began to concentrate fully on golf

and have loved it ever since.

When you were at school, what did you want

to be when you grew up?

Growing up I knew I always wanted to be involved

with sport in some way as it was such a huge part

of my life. Being able to now have a job doing

something I love is fantastic.

What future plans do you have for the golf

course?

We have an on-going commitment to ensuring

the courses remain in prime condition throughout

the year and we completed a number of

enhancements, including bunker renovation,

greens project works and pathway redevelopment

at the end of 2016, all designed to further enhance

playing conditions and the overall customer

experience.

We're confident the upgrades will help showcase

both courses in their best condition for the 2017

season and beyond, ensuring both the Emerald

and Sapphire are must-play courses for visiting

golfers.

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The Tee Time Interview

What is the most popular post-round menu

in the clubhouse?

We have a number of food options available

for golfers, from eating in the relaxed Sports or

Lounge Bars, to dining in the more formal Border’s

Restaurant, which serves a range of modern

dishes, all prepared from the finest ingredients.

However, despite all of the options available, the

most popular post-round dish for visiting golfers

is, without question, the fish and chips!

Who is your golf hero and why?

Tiger Woods. There is little I can say about him

that hasn’t already been said, but he has had

such a dramatic influence on the game and has

inspired a generation of golfers to play a sport

they might not have considered previously.

Who would be in your ideal fourball?

Tiger Woods

Sir Alex Ferguson

David Beckham

About Macdonald Golf Venues

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has five golf venues

in the UK: Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf & Spa,

Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa, Macdonald

Aviemore Resort, Macdonald Cardrona Hotel,

Golf & Spa and Macdonald Linden Hall Golf &

Country Club.

In addition, there are also a number of other hotels

with close affiliations to golf courses across the UK

and Spain, including Macdonald Rusacks Hotel,

overlooking the historic Old Course at St Andrews

as well as Macdonald Dona Lola, located near

Marbella in southern Spain.

The group is also particularly proud to have

European Tour Professional Stephen Gallacher

as a golf ambassador and is committed to the

development of young golfers, providing support

through associations and foundations across

the collection.

To host your next meeting, event or golf day

at one of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts click

to the next page >>

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Featured Group

A group of hotels across the UK, each with its own unique style, full of

individual charm and strong local character.

VIEW GROUP

Day Rates from

£25

24hr

Rates from

£135

Macdonald Randolph

Hotel

Macdonald Berystede

Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Craxton

Wood Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Windsor

Hotel

Macdonald Portal Hotel,

Golf Club & Country

Club

Macdonald Cardrona

Hotel, Golf & Country

Club

Macdonald Holyrood

Hotel

Macdonald Frimley

Hall Hotel & Spa

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Featured Group

Norwood Hall

Hotel

Macdonald Aviemore

Highlands Resort

Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf & Country Club

Macdonald Alveston

Manor

Macdonald Ansty Hall

Macdonald Crutherland

House Hotel

Haycock Hotel

Macdonald Drumossie

Hotel

Macdonald Manchester

Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Inchyra

Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel,

Golf & Country Club

Macdonald Tickled

Trout

Macdonald Kilhey

Court

Macdonald Burlington

Hotel

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Cancer Research UK Boat Race

It's the Cancer Research UK Boat Race on

Sunday 2 April with the famous blues of Oxford and

Cambridge coming together for their annual battle on

the Championship Course on the River Thames.

This year will be the 163rd Boat Race and the 72nd

Women's Boat Race.

Oxford

Jurys Inn

Oxford

De Vere Oxford

Thames

Holiday Inn

Oxford

Oxford Spires

Hotel, Oxford

The Kassam Stadium

Conference Centre

Macdonald

Randolph Hotel

View all our Oxford venues

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Cancer Research UK Boat Race

Watched by thousands along the banks of the

Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake, and with

millions watching around the world on TV, it's one of

the country's most anticipated sporting occasions.

Number of Wins:

Oxford 79

Cambridge 82

Cambridge

The Tamburlaine

Hotel

Holiday Inn

Cambridge

Cambridge

Belfry

Huntingdon

Marriott Hotel

Hinchingbrooke House &

Performing Arts Centre

Holiday Inn Huntingdon

Racecourse

View all our Cambridge venues

MORE HOTELS

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Latest Offers

Latest Offers

The Silverstone Wing

Towcester, Northamptonshire

Receive up to £1,000 of free Silverstone

gifts for events before 3 April.

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa

Bolton, Lancashire

From £25 DDR or £99 24hr with a

choice of free upgrades.

FULL DETAILS

FULL DETAILS

Strand Palace Hotel

Charing Cross,London

£60DDR with free bacon rolls & win

tickets to a West End Show!

FULL DETAILS

The Grosvenor

Victoria, London

Great value rates this Easter

plus summer 2017 offers.

FULL DETAILS

MORE OFFERS

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Latest Offers

Latest Offers

Park Regis Birmingham

Birmingham, West Midlands

Spring Spectacular Offer! Choice

of extras at your next event.

Holiday Inn Doncaster A1m Jct 36

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Free Bacon Sandwiches for 10+ delegates.

Reduced 24hr rate of £110 available.

FULL DETAILS

FULL DETAILS

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16 UK Locations

One in 10 delegates go FREE!

FULL DETAILS

Colworth Park Conference

& Events Bedford, Bedfordshire

Easter Offer! Half price meeting

room hire from 10 - 21 April.

VIEW GROUP

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Industry Interview

Jonathan Bradwell from The Earl of

Doncaster Hotel combines marketing

and e-commerce with public and guest

relations at the South Yorkshire venue,

which boasts a unique Art Deco style

guaranteed to impress guests and

delegates.

What does your typical week at work

involve?

I work in a fantastic, fast paced environment

where the week varies depending on our

marketing objectives.

Every day I look after our social media channels

and update and maintain our website. As well

as having a hotel with excellent meeting and

conference facilities, we're used for weddings,

dining and special events and it's my

responsibility to develop our marketing

strategies for each of these areas of business.

I also oversee any public relations requirements

that arise.

What has been the highlight of your career

so far?

It has to be when the The Earl of Doncaster

Hotel’s sales & marketing department won

the Doncaster Chamber Business Awards for

Excellence in Marketing & Communications.

We had previously been nominated as a

finalist, so it was great last year when we won

the award. It was excellent to have the team

recognised for the developments we've made

and as the awards were in December, it was

a fabulous way to finish what was a very

successful year.

How did you get into the leisure industry?

After studying Journalism at degree level in

Edinburgh, I moved back to South Yorkshire

and took my first role at The Earl of Doncaster

Hotel as a Marketing, Sales & Social Media

Assistant. I've always had a keen interest in the

leisure industry and the role at the hotel was a

fantastic opportunity for me. Two years have

passed and I am now the Marketing and

E-Commerce Manager.

Why should an Event Organiser use

The Earl of Doncaster for their next event?

The hotel is conveniently located within a 20

minute drive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, a ten

minute drive from Doncaster Train Station, and

within walking distance of the town centre so it's

in a great position.

We have a dedicated events team to take care

of organiser's needs, a Ballroom capable of

hosting 250 delegates, 73 distinctly decorated

bedrooms, the on-site Cafe Bar Concerto

restaurant and our team of chefs who will

create delegate menus from locally sourced,

fresh ingredients - it's a perfect combination!

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Industry Interview

The past few years have seen a lot of

changes at the hotel. Which areas have

been refurbished and can you tell us a little

about the design?

The most significant refurbishment was to our

Concorde Suite, a room used for weddings,

celebrations and conferences. The traditional

looking décor, which included a carpeted floor,

has been replaced with a marble effect floor,

a customised lighting system and bright,

crisp whites and creams. The design is

now completely in keeping with the rest of

the hotel and with it's built-in bar, it's ideal for

birthdays, anniversaries and award evenings.

In the next few weeks we're planning to install

a state-of-the-art interactive screen which can

be used for conference calls and presentations.

We're also finalising the ‘show kitchen’ which

can be opened up to become part of the room

and offer guests a unique visual experience

when dining at functions.

Which refurbished area is your favourite?

Our bedrooms are truly unique, with many of

them incorporating the distinct art deco feel of

the hotel. Our Executive Bedrooms are individual

in colour, offer a large king size bed, table and

chairs as well as quality bed covers with

‘The Earl’ customised pillow cases.

What do you love to do when not working?

I like to keep and learn about reptiles,

amphibians and fish. I currently have a Bearded

Dragon, Gray Tree Frog and a River Loach.

Exotic animals and aquariums are very rewarding

to look after and something I've been interested

in for some years now.

I help out at a local dog rescue centre, walking

the dogs on Saturdays to help them stay healthy

and exercised. I also enjoy playing the guitar,

listening to music and watching martial arts.

What sets the Earl of Doncaster apart from

other hotels in the area?

Although the hotel has undergone a massive

transformation since it originally opened in

1938, the art deco charm and character has

very much remained a part of the guest’s

experience. The entire team here are very

enthusiastic about the property, and I believe

this shows in the genuinely warm welcome

every guest receives.

We're also in an excellent location in Doncaster,

both within a reasonably short distance to the

town centre and within driving distance of a

variety of excellent visitor attractions.

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