Friday, April 29, 2016

News: Rotherham hotel invests as confidence returns

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The Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham believes business confidence is returning to the local economy after recording its largest number of conference bookings since before the 2008 financial crisis.

The independently-owned hotel has seen conference bookings increase by over 20% during the past twelve months and is set to achieve further growth after securing a number of new long term contracts to provide meetings, training and team-building facilities.

The hotel's position close to the town centre and local council offices has seen it benefit from an upswing in local government meetings and seminars whilst strong relationships with private sector Rotherham companies have seen it chosen to host a range of events from external training to industrial deafness clinics and drop in centres. The hotel is also the base for JCI Rotherham, the dynamic network for young professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Further afield, Team Canada Under 20's football team made use of the hotel facilities for a week long period during a visit to the UK.

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After recording significant growth in the numbers of informal business meetings being held in the hotel, Carlton Park has also invested £20,000 upgrading its Moorgate and President Suites, including decor, furnishings and audio-visual equipment, as part of a broader investment in the hotel's facilities.

Sales manager Jason Gossop believes the growth of Carlton Park's conference bookings isn't just a reflection of the growing confidence amongst the South Yorkshire business community, but growing numbers of businesses are placing greater emphasis on the importance of face-to-face contact with both clients and members of staff.

He said: "As a whole, the hotel industry was hit hard by the recession but rising conference bookings is a clear sign that business confidence is slowly starting to return. It's not just something we've experienced here, but a trend which is being reflected nationally.

"The growth in conferencing reflects the importance placed upon face-to-face contact when it comes to building closer working relationships with business associates and colleagues.

"Hotels have long been a popular choice when it comes to hosting business events, offering an opportunity for business owners and members of staff to avoid the distractions associated with running a business and concentrating on completing the task at hand."

Carlton Park Hotel website

Images: Carlton Park

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