Monday, 26 April 2010

Cadbury to the Rescue

Volunteers from Wessex 4x4 completed some vital training at the region's premier hotel in preparation to help out the emergency services.

Taking place at DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol South, Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset, 15 members of the charity Wessex 4x4 Response were able to make use of the venue's highly rated conference facilities as they undertook training to ensure a coherent and consistent approach to incident management

One of approximately thirty similar teams around the country, Wessex 4x4 Response started as Somerset 4x4 Response in 2002. With over 100 members the charity has the declared aim of providing vehicles and experienced drivers to support the Emergency Services in the area covered by Avon and Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire Police forces.

As the risk of flooding and extreme weather increases, the units are becoming more common to provide support in remote locations or uneven terrain where the emergency and voluntary services often find themselves without the correct resources.

Sasha Holloway, sales and marketing manager at Doubletree said:

"We were delighted to host the Wessex 4x4 Response group but thankfully they were only here to train and were not needed to help out with any emergency.

"Because of our location and space the Doubletree by Hilton is probably the only venue in the region that could host such a training exercise and we look forward to welcoming the unit back again in the future."

Providing valuable support in all weathers and at all times of the day and night, groups like Wessex 4x4 Response are becoming an increasingly familiar and welcome sight across the country.

Best known for providing support during the previous two winters the majority of tasks ensured that critical staff were able to get to work not only for the ambulance service but also hospitals, district nurses and home care for the elderly.

The team was also heavily involved in the Gloucestershire floods of 2007 where they and their colleagues transported over 150,000 litres of water during a ten day period.

Support has also been given to the organ transport service and stranded ambulances and in some cases providing transport to paramedics.

Wessex 4x4 Response which is one of the larger teams in the UK now has a membership in excess of 100, all of whom undergo Police vetting.

For further information on Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol South, Cadbury House please visit www.cadburyhouse.com or call 01934 834343

For further details on Wessex 4x4 please visit www.wessex4x4response.org.uk


Friday, 23 April 2010

Press Cutting: Bella Magazine

The Spa's the star
Tuesday 22nd April 2010 - Bella Magazine

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Massaging Staff Moral For Better Business

WHEN you have a world-class spa for a neighbour, it is obvious how you reward outstanding staff performance if you do not have the financial clout of banker's bonuses.

The Spinney Day Nurseries in Hoole and Pulford have an unrivalled reputation for staff training, development and retention. Owners Alison and John Thomson put a lot of time and effort in to looking after their team and have a National Employer of the Year Award on the mantelpiece to prove it.

As an independent small business they do not have the option of big staff bonuses. So when it came to introducing an employee of the month reward scheme, Alison and John looked over the garden fence to their Hoole neighbour, The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall.

The two Chester businesses, both based off Warrington Road, have linked-up to reward exceptional performance by individual nursery staff. Every month an outstanding member of the nursery team will be awarded with an indulgent spa package from The Club and Spa's decadent treatment menu.

Alison, director of Spinney Day Nursery Ltd, says:

"Recognising staff performance through a reward is a simple but important way of boosting motivation and engagement. It’s that little something extra which is appreciated and can reap rewards in terms of loyalty, staff retention and productivity.

"It is so important to the children and parents that they know our team members are here to stay. Outstanding, experienced, trusted and motivated staff are the foundation for achieving the highest standards of childcare."

Club and Spa Manager Paul Kelsall says:

"We're delighted to have linked-up with our close neighbours at The Spinney Day Nursery and would be happy to partner any other successful Chester business looking to reward staff performance.

"With many employers forced to introduce pay freezes and wage cuts after the credit crunch, it's even more important to find creative ways to recognise staff performance. A corporate package with The Club and Spa is a great option and offers a cost effective way to show team members that they are appreciated and management knows they're doing a wonderful job."

The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall is built within the grounds of the Doubletree by Hilton Chester. The multi-million pound, purpose-built facility boasts a next generation gym and an industry leading spa, set over three spacious floors.

Nursery staff will be immersing themselves in the stunning basement pool, Watsu pool, private couple's suite and 13 luxury individual treatment rooms amongst many other exclusive treatment areas.

Treatments in the spa include products from three of the most exclusive beauty brands; haute couture niche spa and beauty brand Anne Semonin Paris; industry leading natural source brand Pevonia; and leading cosmeceutical skincare brand Murad, which incorporates clinically proven skincare within a luxurious spa environment.

For more details about the Club and Spa Hoole Hall call 01244 408840 email info@theclubandspa.co.uk or click on www.theclubandspachester.co.uk.

To find out more about the award winning Spinney Day Nurseries call 01244 348 520, email info@thespinneydaynursery.co.uk or log on to www.thespinneydaynursery.co.uk.


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Press Cutting: Daily Post; Liverpool

Sanguine to redevelop hotel in Wirral
HOTEL developer and operator Sanguine Hospitality is to spend pounds 5.5m redeveloping a hotel in Wirral.
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Daily Post; Liverpool, April 2010


Monday, 19 April 2010

Press Cutting: Chester Leader

Black tie event provides vital funds for heroes.

Chester Leader, April 2010

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Local Soldier Raises Money for Wounded Comrades

A local man, and member of the Serving Soldiers Helping Heroes team, has raised a staggering 3,700 for Help for Heroes by holding a glittering black tie event in Chester.

Organised by Gregg McLeod for the charity H4H (Help for Heroes), all proceeds from the event go to provide practical and direct support to our wounded soldiers and servicemen.

A soldier himself, Gregg was commissioned from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005. He has completed two operational tours of Afghanistan and received two citations for bravery.

The ticketed event held at Doubletree by Hilton Chester welcomed 190 guests ranging from local businesses, family and friends of the charity, and several serving officers and soldiers.

Gregg McLeod has been involved with Help for Heroes in one capacity or another for two years. Following a marathon and a half for H4H in January, Gregg decided to raise the stakes and hold a big event.

Gregg says:

"It is all too often you hear in the media about the deaths of our young service men and women; yet we rarely hear about those who survive with horrific, life-altering injuries. Having witnessed it too many times I want to do something to help support them and there is no better way than Help for Heroes.

"The team at Doubletree Chester were great and really helped us to pull it all together before the day and at the event itself.

"It's great to receive support from local businesses for the charity, which does such good and necessary work. In June this year the Serving Soldiers Helping Heroes Team are competing in the H4H European rally and I hope we can get even more support from Chester locals."

The evening was a spectacular way to raise money with a red carpet arrival to the ballroom, three-course dinner, casino and singer. A cartoonist, chocolate fountain and surf simulator also ensured that a great time was had by all guests whilst raising badly needed money.

A charity auction was held following the meal with prizes donated from local businesses including a slap up meal for two in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester.

Clare Bebb, Marketing Manager at Doubletree Chester said:

"We are honoured to have the Serving Soldiers Helping Heroes event held here at Doubletree by Hilton Chester.

"The work that they do is vital and we will endeavour to help them in any way that we can in the future."

Money is still coming in following the event and Gregg hopes to reach the 4,000 mark. The cash will be used to support the service men and women wounded in the line of duty in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can support the team and Help for Heroes at: www.justgiving.com/H4H-Euro-Rally-2010

For further information about Help for Heroes and upcoming events visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.

For further information on Doubletree by Hilton Chester visit www.hilton.co.uk/chester.

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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Press Cutting: Chester Chronicle

The best possible taste…
Gala dinner awards
Chester Chronicle, April 2010

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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Top Expert Brings LA Super Treatments to Chester Spa

IT'S not only LA - the capital of the $13 billion US spa industry - where you can go for a treatment and come out looking 10 years younger, The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall is now offering the ultimate makeover with a range of 'medispa' treatments in The Clinical Spa.

The fastest growing sector of the spa industry, medical day spas have been booming in America for the past eight years whilst the UK has lagged behind. The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall is now leading the way in Chester for the 'medispa' revolution with the opening of The Clinical Spa.

Sarah Noble of the International Spa Association (ISPA) Medical Advisory Committee, Europe said:

"The medispa industry is a dynamic force with the power to positively change the healthcare landscape."

People don't want to just workout and relax at their gym and spa anymore. The demand for more extreme results-driven treatments is at an all time high. Cheshire is no exception with a large proportion of the public demanding specialist treatments readily available to America.

Cheshire expert cosmetic dentist and the man behind Bioeden in the UK, David P James, is bringing his high-end expert services to The Clinical Spa based within The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall.

David says:

"I am very excited to be bringing a range of exciting treatments to such a great Chester establishment.

"I think that people will be amazed with what a difference can be made to their overall appearance in a very short space of time.

"There are so many great products in the cosmetic industry now and I’m thrilled to be bringing them to The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall."

With a range of unique specialist treatments under his belt, David is an expert in the latest whitening techniques, super-thin ceramic crowns - available in few places outside of America - and a range of other treatments for the ultimate wow smile.

Other non-dental treatments at The Clinical Spa will include Botox, dermal fillers, lip fillers and skin peels.

Guests can book in for just clinical treatments or can combine with a spa day to enjoy the whole range of facilities and even book into the Marco Pierre White Restaurant as part of the experience.

Club and Spa at Hoole Hall manager, Paul Kelsall says:

"This is great news for the Club and Spa and we’re very excited for the opening in June 2010.

"We listen to what the public and our members want and endeavour to make it happen. David P James is at the top his field in the area for cosmetic dentistry and we are pleased to have him on-board.

"It's shocking that the UK has been so far behind with medical spa's when they are so popular across the pond – we’re thrilled to be amongst the first to do it in this country"

Both The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall and the Doubletree by Hilton Chester are operated by Sanguine Hospitality Ltd and are located on Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD, seconds away from junction 12 of the M53.

For more details call 01244 408840 email info@theclubandspa.co.uk or click on www.theclubandspachester.co.uk.


Thursday, 1 April 2010

Press Cutting: Chester Food & Drink Festival Brochure

Chester Food & Drink Festival Brochure
April 2010

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