Vine Hotels Launches the Leadership in Action Development Programme

“Now Is the Time to Invest in Our People.”

-Vine Hotels Activates Career Development Strategy on the Back of Strong Growth

Vine Hotels has announced two staff development initiatives aimed at identifying and accelerating talent through its ranks as the business continues to expand.

Following the acquisition of the Bredbury Hall Hotel in Cheshire and The Old Rectory in Handsworth, the hotel group has announced the introduction of enhanced staff development programmes. This will see the company significantly invest into its teams to maximise their potential and performance, and to develop its next generation of leaders.

A new Leadership in Action learning programme is available to ten trainees per annum, each of whom has been selected from within the company as promising candidates for managerial positions. The successful prospects will complete an intensive 12-month training schedule that covers all aspects of hotel management. The course is specifically designed to equip them with the skills, aptitudes, and confidence for effective leadership, as well as establishing and embedding the ‘Vine Hotels Standards’ of leading others across the business.

Being rolled out alongside this is a new Shadow Board made up of 12 employees from any of Vine Hotels properties, which will meet quarterly with chief executive, Garin Davies. The Shadow Board will provide a platform for idea sharing and gauge valuable employee input on issues relevant to the business.

Candidates have been nominated from across the entire company and are from all disciplines and levels of seniority. It’s envisaged that through this project, the senior leadership team will understand better how the company is being run and gain input from those ‘on the ground’ that will be channelled into improving processes and efficiencies. As well as being given the unique opportunity to shape the future of the hotel group, Shadow Board members will be paid for their time in addition to their annual salary.

Heather Stewart, human resources director at Vine Hotels explains more about the strategy and the reasoning behind its introduction: “We came into 2022 in a strong position and that is down to the exceptional teams we have in place across all our properties. At Vine Hotels we recognise the many ambitious and talented individuals who want to be given clear career pathways to help them reach their full potential.

“The Leadership in Action programme will formalise and communicate the progression people can make to management level and ensure that when we attract the best people to the company, they want to stay and grow with us as a business. I hope that it demonstrates to our team that we appreciate their ongoing commitment, diligence, and enthusiasm.

“Another huge positive is that through our Shadow Board, we are now able to use the views and creativity of our team, who we know are brimming with ideas. As a management team the most important thing we can do is listen to our employees, who understand the inner workings of the hotels in a way that isn’t possible unless you are operate in those roles every day.

She concluded: “Vine Hotels is an independent group with ambitious growth plans around owning and managing properties across the UK. Initiatives such as these are crucial as we expand our workforce to manage an increasing number of hotels and venues. Within our exciting growth, I find it essential that we can provide valuable training, development, and clear career paths to ensure we attract, and keep, the best people in our business.” Vine Hotels is a UK based hotel management and development company, which as well as running its growing portfolio of 12 hotels also provides a range of services from management contracts to acquisitions, health checks, turnaround solutions and consultancy.  It recently acquired Bredbury Hall Hotel in Cheshire, adding to its existing portfolio of owned and managed venues. Other recent additions include the Charlecote Pheasant, Stratford and The Dartmouth Hotel and Spa, Dartmouth, and The Old Rectory in Handsworth. For more details, visit: