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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.
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
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
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”.