The Hoteliers’ Charter, since its creation in 2020, has sought ‘to raise the profile of the hospitality industry and promote hospitality as a profession of choice to parents, schools, colleges, universities and careers influencers’.
The Charter emphasises the importance of a number of initiatives that have been implemented by the MGallery UK hotels to support their teams. As members of Accor’s “Heartist” program, these values extend beyond the guest experience, from the recruitment process to the employees themselves. Castle Hotel Windsor has invested £200,000 on improving its ‘heart of house’ facilities, while also focusing on providing healthy and nutritious food for team meals. The importance of employee wellness is recognised in a number of ways including two-day mental health first aid training sessions and regular colleague appreciation initiatives. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all three hotels have pivoted their focus during to support their local communities, raising funds for Hospitality Action with a 24hour Gymathon, donating food parcels to NHS trusts and local charities and implementing key worker drive-throughs for the community.
Sam Goss, General Manager of Castle Hotel Windsor; “I am absolutely thrilled that MGallery Hotel Collection UK has joined this prestigious network. Whilst we already undertake a number of activities to support the wellbeing of our employees this further cements our commitment to ensure our employees are front of mind in everything we do. We are proud to do our part in promoting and supporting The Hoteliers’ Charter’s growth.”
Founder Sally Beck, General Manager of The Royal Lancaster London and Hotelier of the Year 2019 and 2020, conceived the idea to help dispel the notion that those working in hotels work ‘long hours for little pay’. Instead, The Hoteliers’ Charter supports promoting a workplace environment built on the foundations of respect, fairness, equality, diversity and opportunity; and placing colleagues’ wellness and career development at the heart of operations.
The Hoteliers’ Charter has already secured the support of industry bodies including: The Master Innholders, UKHospitality, St Julian’s Scholars and The Institute of Hospitality along with many hotel general managers. MGallery Hotel Collection UK is delighted to join these respected industry bodies and announce its commitment to such a worthwhile cause.
In accordance with the current government guidelines, Castle Hotel Windsor, Queens Hotel Cheltenham and Francis Hotel Bath will all reopen to the public on Monday 17 May with outdoor dining available in Cheltenham and Bath from 12 April. Located in some of the UK’s most historic cities, the hotels are situated in the heart of their destinations, just a stone’s throw away from sought-after attractions, cultural activities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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