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26th June ‘13 – Kerry Jenkins, general manager and the team from the Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel & Spa Cwmbran, hosted a reception on Wednesday evening (25th June), to celebrate the hotel’s refurbishment, following the acquisition last November by Lana de Savary, wife of the well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist, Peter de Savary. Attending the event were members from the local business community, as well as the Cwmbran’s mayor and councillors. Over the last six months, the hotel which has just received a “Certificate of Excellence” from Tripadvisor for 2013, has been given a complete face-lift; guestrooms have been given a soft revamp with the addition of contemporary soft furnishings, new larger queen size beds, along with the latest flat screen TVs. In terms of communal areas, new fixtures and fittings have been added throughout, including the restaurant and brand new toilets in the residents lounge.  Joining forces with leading Parisian spa and skincare brand Yon-Ka – two new spa rooms have been created. The six meeting rooms have received a stylish new contemporary look.

 

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June ‘13 – Kerry Jennings, general manager and nineteen members from her team recently joined over 200 walkers in the Midnight Walk - a sponsored eight mile walk, which saw them walk through the streets of Cwmbran during the early hours.  Raising a total of £800 for St David’s Hospice, the team endured torrential rain and cold winds to finish the walk in an impressive two and a half hours. Waiting at the finish line at the Cwmbran Stadium were supporters ready with hot drinks and bacon rolls!!  Commenting Kerry Jenningss said: “We are still buzzing from the walk! I’m delighted by the staff’s enthusiasm to get out there and do something amazing for charity. Walking through the night was a great experience, despite the awful weather. Everyone got stuck in, knowing their efforts was helping a good cause. It’s given everyone a real sense of purpose and they can’t wait for the next fund-raising project. Well done all!”

 

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August 2013 - Keiligh Baker finds out what it is like to be in charge of a hotel for the day as she tries out the role of General Manager at the Parkwau Hotel & Spa in Cwmbran

 

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January 2014 - Food Journalist from the South Wales Argus Lets Torfaen know about our "Welsh Treats".

 

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January 29th 2014 - The family run, 4 Star AA accredited Parkway Hotel & Spa bought by the award-winning de Savary family in November 2012 has put a fun twist to work by introducing Employee of the Year Awards.

Owner, Lana de Savary, named Zak Yearsley, Demi-Chef de Partie 2013 Employee of the Year and the £1000 prize gift.  Runner- up,  Sue Hopkins,  a Coffee Shop Assistant won an all expenses paid weekend away at her choice of the Old Swan & Minster Mill in the Cotswolds or the Cary Arms on Babbacombe Beach in Devon, both luxury boutique hotels owned by the de Savary Family.

The Parkway works closely with the local community and council and was honoured to have Councillor Maria Graham to present the prizes and congratulate the winners. She commented “I am really pleased to be able to celebrate the work of the staff at one of our most important local venues. The Parkway makes an important contribution to the local economy both as an employer and service provider. So many staff play a vital role in ensuring that a venue such as this delivers a first class service, many though are not always visible to the public. These awards recognize the contribution of those staff who show determination in achieving those goals and I am delighted to be able to support them”.

General Manager, Kerry Jennings commented “It’s always good to welcome the local councillors into the hotel as the local community is very important to us. We ourselves and most of the staff are all from this small town of Cwmbran and think it’s very important to support each other”.