Sheffield financial planner to host masterclasses for business owners with Vine Hotels
Financial planner Jillian Thomas is hosting a series of free masterclasses to help local business owners organise their finances.
Jillian, director of Future Life Wealth Management, is running the sessions called ‘Managing your money for business owners’ in Sheffield, starting with one on creating a financial plan.
Jillian said: “We have a lot of great businesses in Sheffield offering some great products and services. They are often run by owners who know their sector well, but may lack some knowledge in financial matters and that can hold them back.
“We are particularly keen for women owners to join us at the masterclasses as it often seems they often lack of confidence in financial matters and that can stunt the growth of some potentially great businesses.
“More financial awareness will lead to more confidence to scale up the business and ultimately to grow the local economy. And that can only be a win-win, for the individuals, their companies and the region.”
The first masterclass, on creating a financial plan, will be on 27 September at Kenwood Hall Hotel:
September 27 – Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield
Creating your financial plan. Setting goals and objectives, creating your own inflation rate and understanding what risk to take on investments. If you own your own business and you want to maintain your current lifestyle post sale, you can also work out the price you need to sell your business for, taking all the guess work out.
October 16 – Mosborough Hall Hotel
Pensions. What they are, how they work – defined benefit versus defined contribution. How they can be used to purchase commercial property and the benefit to your business. Also unravelling Pensions Freedoms, what it means for you, and the benefits for your family.
November 22 – Double Tree by Hilton, Sheffield Park
Investments and life assurance. How to save, how to establish affordability and what risk is, to establish your ability for loss and prioritise in the accumulation phase of the financial plan. What are the different type of protection for personal and professional use, including Shareholder Agreements and Keyperson Assurance.
December 6 – Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield
Putting it in a plan. The chance to start creating your personal financial plan, considering your personal inflation rate, along with the investment return versus investment risk to achieve the goals. This will include one-to-one tuition with Jillian or a member of her team. This is where we draw everything together establishing what date you can be financially independent and could retire.
The masterclass series is supported by Vine Hotels. The masterclasses are all free and will run from 9.30 to 10.30am, with registration and coffee from 9am.
Future Life Wealth Management is based in Renishaw and was set up by Jill in 2010. The company offers a bespoke financial planning service to generators and receivers of wealth.
For the last five years running Future Life has been listed in the New Model Adviser Top 100, which recognises financial planners for their qualifications, income and commitment. Jillian is also a past president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
To register on a masterclass contact 01246 435996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel Appoints New General Manager
The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin hotel has appointed Dan Wilson as its new general manager.
Hailing from Southampton, Dan joins the hotel with over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He started his career aged 15 years with work experience for two weeks in a local hotel. This was his light-bulb moment, and from here he decided that his future lay in the hotel sector. Dan worked his way up the ladder, starting as a day porter at the same hotel, and his skills and talent were quickly spotted. He shortly after graduated from the company’s Management Training programme. He then went onto to the position of general manager at the Langrish House Hotel in Petersfield, Hampshire.
Dan has also worked as a general manager and operations manager for various hospitality groups and hotels right around the UK, including Surya Hotels, Whitbread, Marco Pierre White and Daniel Thwaites.
Commenting on his appointment Dan Wilson said: “The Dolphin Hotel holds a special place in the heart of Southampton and it really was a boyhood dream to work here. The quality of the team and the service and facilities is second to none, and I’m delighted that I have been appointed to manage such an iconic hotel and look forward to taking the Hotel forwards.”
Garin Davies, chief executive of hotel owners Vine Hotels, added: “Dan brings with him a wealth of experience of managing hotels around the UK and it was a real coup that we were able to appoint him. As the Hotel looks to the future and goes from strength to strength, it’s important that we have the strongest team possible at the helm. Dan’s skill base will ensure our fantastic service and facilities continue to flourish.”
The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin is in the heart of the city and is the oldest hotel in Southampton, dating back over 500 years. The Grade II listed building hosted Jane Austen’s 18th birthday party and has played an important role in the city’s history. It has undergone an extensive refurbishment that has blended modern convenience and comfort, whilst staying true to the hotel’s history and traditional appeal.
Best Western Cresta Court Strengthens Management Team
The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, part of Vine Hotels, has announced the appointment of Martin Wilson to the role of deputy general manager.
Martin brings ten years of hotel and catering experience to the Hotel, most recently with a two-year term as deputy general manager of Lancashire’s Bartle Hall hotel, and prior to that as food and beverage manager at the Best Western Glendower Hotel. His responsibilities will include managing the day to day running of the Hotel’s busy conference and banqueting operations, the Townfields restaurant and hotel bar. He will have a specific focus on food and beverage development.
Martin Wilson, deputy general manager said: “The Hotel has undergone a major refurbishment in the last couple of years, so this is a key time for me to join the team. With increased conference capacity and the restaurant now in a prime hotel location, we have the scope to really develop our food offering and bring something different to guests. It is an exciting opportunity for me.”
The role of deputy general manager was vacated last year by Scott McDonald, who moved up to the Hotel’s top job as general manager.
Scott McDonald, general manager, said: “Martin’s appointment is timely, as we are looking to develop the Hotel with a stronger food offering this year and his experience and creative thinking will be a huge asset. We are delighted that he has joined the team.”
Located in Altrincham, south Manchester, the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel has undergone recent upgrades, including a full bedroom, bar, reception and corridor refurbishment. The Hotel has also added the new Townfields restaurant, a beauty salon and business centre, and refurbished event spaces to include the creation of a new meeting room, The Allen Suite. The Hotel offers 200 free parking spaces and free high-speed WI FI.
For further information call 0161 927 7272 or visit, www.cresta-court.co.uk
10th October 2017
Chairman Dyke to deliver Keynote speech at Annual Hotel Conference
Vine Hotels Chairman – Greg Dyke – Has been asked to deliver the Keynote Speech at this year’s Annual Hotel Conference.
The AHC is due to be held at the Hilton, Manchester Deansgate Hotel on the 11th & 12th of October and is set again to be one of the most important events in the hoteliers calendar.
‘Running for the 14th year and attracting 850+ delegates, The AHC is the leading event in the UK hotel industry. This year’s theme will be ‘Embracing Change, Seizing Opportunities’
Greg will be giving a fascinating insight into his life in television, theatre, movies, sport and academia as well as divulging how he became an unexpected hotelier.
14th September 2017
DoubleTree By Sheffield Park Completes Extension
Sheffield-based contractor JF Finnegan has completed a 36-bedroom extension to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park on Chesterfield Road in the city.
JF Finnegan built the original hotel 25 years ago and work has now completed on the new £3.2 million extension.
The extension to the existing hotel, located in a Sheffield suburb close to the Peak District, provides an additional 36 bedrooms split equally across three floors. Constructed at the far end of the car park near the hotel entrance, it is connected to the existing building at each floor level with access provided via a glazed link.
The works have increased the bedroom offer to 131 to accommodate guests and complement hotel facilities which include The Piano Bar and Restaurant, lounges, a health club, meeting & conference facilities, a beauty spa and swimming pool.
The former Sheffield Park Hotel reopened under the popular DoubleTree by Hilton brand in 2011 and is owned and operated by Vine Hotels. Gary Smith, Managing Director at JF Finnegan, said: “After constructing the original hotel more than 25 years ago, we were delighted to return to deliver the new extension. The new facilities have further enhanced this popular hotel and we are pleased to have continued our working relationship with Hilton.”
Andrew Rouse, Commercial Development Director at Vine Hotels, said: “Having originally acquired this hotel in 2012 and invested in upgrading the facilities to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand standards we are delighted to be investing in the expansion and growth of this popular local hotel. We have been happy to build on our successful working relationship with JF Finnegan who have now completed another excellent job.”
Franklin Ellis are Architect for the project, with Ridge Property & Construction Consultants as Engineer. Ben Dudley, associate partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “We are delighted to successfully complete this project at DoubleTree Sheffield with Vine Hotels and we’re really pleased to reveal the completed extension. Vine Hotels are well-established in the hotel sector and they own and operate a portfolio of high quality hotels. The DoubleTree at Sheffield was identified for investment focusing on the Hilton ethos of enhancing the guest experience.
“This extension consolidates the hotel as a premium conferencing and leisure offer serving South Yorkshire and the Midlands. We are proud to have been able to deliver the extension to a high-standard on behalf of Vine Hotels and Hilton.”
Spa Treatments for Cancer Patients Launch in Sheffield Hotels
Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa and The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel will offer Jennifer Young Treatments
The Vine Hotels group has announced that it will start offering beauty treatments for cancer patients at two of its Sheffield hotels.
Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa and The DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park Hotel will offer manicures, pedicures, glowing facials and indulgent massage, to cancer patients who cannot enjoy standard spa experiences during their treatment.
The experiences use Jennifer Young Beauty Despite products which have been created specifically to be safe for cancer patients to use. The products are natural, organic and do not contain endocrine disrupters or other ingredients that may cause a reaction in patients. They have been developed with the help of patients at an NHS cancer centre, women who had been through treatment and their nursing teams and been approved for use by doctors.
The two hotel spas are amongst the first to offer Jennifer Young spa treatments to patients in Sheffield, and have trained five of their spa therapists to complete the treatments in the same, luxurious spa setting that all guests use.
Daniel Beech, spa manager at Kenwood Hall and The DoubleTree, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the new Jennifer Young Beauty Despite cancer treatments at our spas. This is an exciting time for our specialist spa therapists to work with those currently in treatment for cancer and anyone who has been diagnosed in the past.”
With Jennifer Young treatments, guests are given specialist, bespoke procedures specially adapted to their specific needs. With cancer patients often experiencing sensitive skin, Jennifer’s products use only natural ingredients and avoid harsh parabens you find in high street products. Essential oils are also left out and because the products don’t contain water, vitamin E can be used as a preservative. Aloe vera, avocado and soy are also absent, because they contain phytoestrogens which can be particularly dangerous for women with breast cancer.
At the moment, the treatments are offered at some of the best spas in the UK and Vine Hotels is keen to offer Sheffield’s cancer patients spa treatments close to home, and give women suffering with the disease a chance to enjoy a pampering with their friends without worry. After using Jennifer Young’s Defiant Beauty products, 59% of women reported feeling ‘as good as they could’, 97% said their well-being improved and 78% of skin conditions improved – read one woman’s experience of using Jennifer Young Beauty Despite products to soothe her skin after radiation treatment.
Bookings are now being taken at both Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa and The DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park hotels, find out more about Beauty Despite products on the Jennifer Young website.
To book head to the Kenwood Hall website or call 01142 583811, or visit the DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park website or call 01142 829988.
30th March 2017
Vine Hotels add Best Western Cresta Court to their portfolio
Vine Hotels has acquired Best Western Cresta Court in Altrincham, South West Manchester. The company, whose Chairman is former BBC Director General and former Chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke, is jointly owned by Mr Dyke, Vine’s Chief Executive Garin Davies and Andrew Rouse.
Vine Hotels is an established hotel business with a track record of successfully operating hotels that perform above the industry average. This property is a first for Vine Hotels in the Manchester region, adding to their existing Southampton and Sheffield locations.
Best Western Cresta Court has recently undergone a series of renovations and refurbishment which include the addition of seven brand new executive rooms, the re-location and refurbishment of the Townfields bar and restaurant as well as the full refurbishment of the existing bedrooms.
Garin Davies, Chief Executive added “We are delighted to have added Best Western Cresta Court to our portfolio. It is a great business and anyone who hasn’t visited the hotel for a while will be very pleasantly surprised by the high levels of quality and service”
Best Western Cresta Court is a 3 star, 148 bedroom hotel in Altrincham which has 3 stunning function suites and the newly re-opened Townfields bar and restaurant.
Vine Hotels add Kenwood Hall to Best Western Plus Brand
Kenwood Hall in Sheffield was purchased by Vine Hotels in late July 2016 from the Principal Hayley Group and last week the hotel celebrated its acceptance to the prestigious Best Western Plus brand with a spectacular launch party with over 500 invited guests.
Chairman Greg Dyke along with other owners Garin Davies and Andrew Rouse welcomed invited customers and associates to the party that was held throughout the luxury property.
Being part of the Best Western brand, the hotel now joins 270 independently owned and operated hotels in Great Britain.
During the past few months the hotel has undergone the first stage of is refurbishment works to ensure the hotel reached the Best Western Plus brand standards and achieved this within just 12 weeks of purchase.
Garin Davies, Chief Executive added “We are delighted to have added Kenwood Hall to the Best Western Brand. The team have worked hard throughout all areas of the hotel to ensure we were able to bring the hotel into the appropriate brand well ahead of schedule, we are very excited for the future of this property”
Kenwood Hall is one of Sheffield’s 4 star hotel properties, with 114 bedrooms, spa and Leisure facilities, it is also renowned for its weddings and special events.
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Kenwood Hall added to Vine Hotels Portfolio
Vine Hotels are delighted to announce we have acquired Kenwood Hall Hotel in Sheffield’s S7. The hotel has been purchased from the Principal Hayley group and was formerly the Sheffield Marriott.
This multi-million pound investment will see the hotel returned to its former glory and refurbishments works have already begun at the hotel.
Improvements will be made to bedrooms and public areas as well as re-opening the currently closed Spa Treatment Rooms.
Vine Hotels has a history of operating within the Sheffield area and is excited to be working alongside local businesses and suppliers to restore this hotel to its position as one of the Cities leading hotels.
Garin Davies, Chief Executive added “We are delighted to have added Kenwood Hall to our portfolio, it is a truly stunning property. We have seen fantastic performance in our hotels over the past few years’ and this luxury hotel is an exciting addition to the portfolio”
Kenwood Hall is one of Sheffield’s 4 star hotel properties, with 114 bedrooms, spa and Leisure facilities, it is also renowned for its weddings and special events.
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel, which incorporates a 1 AA Rosette restaurant and public bar, could be extended to meet demand if newly submitted plans secure backing.
The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel is located in the heart of City, on the High Street, 1.1 miles away from the main cruise terminals, where it has proudly been for over Five Centuries.
The former Dolphin Hotel reopened under the popular Mercure brand in 2010 following its acquisition and refurbishment by Vine Hotels.
Currently, the hotel has 99 rooms and is also home to the Jane Austin Suite, so called as the famous author celebrated her 18th Birthday Party at the hotel in 1793. The Jane Austin Suite is also home to two of the largest bay windows currently in existence in the UK.
Plans drawn up by Drew Smith Architects will shortly be submitted seeking permission for the erection of a three-storey extension to the rear of the hotel in order to provide 36 additional fully air-conditioned guest bedrooms including 12 Privilege rooms.
The extension, which aims to meet growing demand within the City and guarantee the viability of the hotel for the long-term, involves alterations to the hotel’s car park layout and landscaping.
The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel is owned and operated by Vine Hotels.
Doubletree by Hilton, Sheffield Park Hotel
Doubletree by Hilton, Sheffield Park hotel, which incorporates a piano bar and restaurant, could be extended to meet demand if newly submitted plans secure backing.
The Doubletree is located in a south Sheffield suburb on Chesterfield Road.
The former Sheffield Park Hotel reopened under the popular DoubleTree brand in 2011 following its acquisition and refurbishment by Vine Hotels.
Currently, the hotel has 95 rooms and is also home to the Piano Bar & Restaurant, lounges, a health club, meeting facilities, a beauty spa and swimming pool.
Plans drawn up by Franklin Ellis Architects have now been submitted seeking permission for the erection of a three-storey extension to the south-west of the hotel in order to provide 36 additional guest bedrooms including three fully accessible rooms.
The extension, which aims to meet demand and ensure the viability of the hotel for the long-term, involves minor alterations to the hotel’s car park layout and landscaping.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park is owned and operated by Vine Hotels.
BEST WESTERN Cutlers Hotel has re-launched
Vine Hotels have re-launched the BEST WESTERN Cutlers Hotel in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre with a great launch evening.
After months of extensive refurbishment, including creating a new look bright breakfast room and an open plan lounge bar area (renamed 1857), the hotel hosted a VIP launch evening on 1st October. The bar has been named 1857 as the hotel is situated at the site where Sheffield FC (the world’s oldest football club) was formed.
Chairman Mr Greg Dyke and special guest Carolyn Fairbairn, who is soon to be Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, were on hand to cut the ribbon and announce the hotel officially re-launched and back open.
Greg Dyke said “I am delighted that we have been able to restore this property to its former glory. The hotel is steeped in history and fond memories for many people in Sheffield, We know it will once again be the ideal place for people to stay when visiting the City. The newly built bar 1857 will give guests a great place to start their evening out in the City”.
The relaunch of the BEST WESTERN Cutlers Hotel ties in with the launch of new branding from Best Western International. New logos were revealed by Best Western last week in Hawaii. The new branding will on display at the hotel from early next year.
BEST WESTERN Cutlers Hotel
0114 273 9939