Stylish town hotel set to bring dozens of jobs

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More than 50 jobs will be created with the development of the new boutique hotel in Tunbridge Wells, One Warwick Park.

The 38-bedroom four-star venue is under development and set to be completed this summer.

As a major investment in the area’s economy, the new site will be seeking new staff across the business.

Promising to be among the area’s most distinctive destinations, it has been welcomed by property experts including Savills, which anticipated it will prove a strong addition to the town’s accommodation provision.

With many businesses and venues in the surrounding Southern area of the town recording an upturn in trade over the past year, the emergence of another high quality hotel will add further to the area’s commercial mix.

Construction work on the site began in August 2013, involving combining The Brew House Hotel with the Old School House, as well as adjoining buildings to form the new venue. There is a tunnel running underneath Cumberland Walk which connects the different elements of the site.

Sarah Freeman, the project manager, explained the hotel aims to offer a five-star level of service, as well as promising plenty of style for its discerning client base.

Speaking on its development, she said: “Work is progressing well and we’re confident that when the hotel opens in June it will prove itself to be a tremendous asset to the area, benefitting residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

Head of recruitment for One Warwick Park, Kate Awcock, said: “This unique and beautifully designed hotel offers fantastic opportunities for people who may not have considered a career in hospitality before. We are currently recruiting for all positions from receptionist and porters to head chef and concierge.

“All staff will be offered bespoke in-house training with full support through formal qualifications and career development. We genuinely care about our staff and in turn that results in them having pride in their role and the level of service they deliver, so everyone is happy.”

She explained that the recruitment programme has been developed along the same principles as the hotel itself in having a high attention to detail and to position itself among the area’s leading hotels.
In terms of its approach to building its new team, the recruitment manager said the company would be looking to create an atmosphere which fostered the skills of its employees.

Kate Awcock added: “The first member of staff to be recruited is front of house manager Bryony England. Having worked for the company for four years, she has developed from a junior receptionist. She is now in a position to be taking on the challenge of delivering an uncompromising level of service and ensuring that every guest’s experience is a highlight.”

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