Sketchley Grange bolsters team with two key appointments

Jo Phillips has been appointed as the four-star hotel’s new Sales Manager, while Ian Reynolds takes on the role of Restaurant Manager.

Jo, 42, began working at Sketchley Grange in August with the ambition of working with an independent operator, which she felt opened up more opportunities to build and invest in longer-term relationships – both locally and nationally.

“The property itself appealed to me straight away as it looks amazing,” explains Jo. “The hotel is back on the radar after an ongoing refurbishment project ensuring it is competitive not just in the local market, but also stamping its mark in the Midlands as a key destination.”

Jo, who lives in Leicestershire, has enjoyed a varied career in customer-facing sales roles and is excited about bringing her experience to this position.

She says: “Since taking the appointment I have thoroughly enjoyed being the face of Sketchley Grange and I have had the opportunity to meet with many local businesses whilst receiving sponsorship requests too, and I can see the huge potential for business at the hotel.

“We already have a substantial amount of business on the books for Christmas and for the New Year and in my opinion the future is looking very bright.”

Ian, 51, joined Sketchley as Restaurant Manager in July and has spent 19 years in the hospitality sector, his previous position being food and beverage manager at Scalford Hall Hotel in Melton Mowbray.

“I’m absolutely loving it here,” he says. “Sketchley is a very modern, high-tempo hotel and I really like the recent refurbishment they’ve done. When I saw it at the job interview I knew I only wanted to go to one place.”

Ian started his catering career as a kitchen porter at Loughborough University, working his way up to assistant cook, chef de partie, sous chef, head chef and then executive chef before stepping out of the sector for a sales management role at a mobile phone company, returning to hospitality again 13 years later.

“I’m looking forward to bringing real stability to the restaurant team,” he adds. “Training and developing the staff appealed to me about the role, and I’ll be using my experience in hospitality to make us stronger going forward.

“My aim is to add to the already flourishing reputation that the Garden Restaurant has by driving the service standards and products that all of our guests over the years have come to expect.”

Nestled away in an enviable location on the borders of Leicestershire and Warwickshire, Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa is a charming country house hotel boasting first-rate facilities and elegant accommodation.

Originally established over 30 years ago, the hotel has recently undergone a major multi-million-pound makeover, including a contemporary new bar and lounge area, upgraded guest bedrooms and significant improvements to the luxury spa, gym and leisure amenities.

Designed with a cosmopolitan vibe, the recently refurbished garden room restaurant, which overlooks the beautiful hotel gardens, features a seasonal menu including only the finest local produce and fresh ingredients to create an irresistible variety of mouth-watering dishes to suit all diners.

Surrounded by trees, Sketchley Grange benefits from a leafy, rural backdrop, yet is just minutes away from Hinckley’s flourishing town centre with its expanding choice of shopping and leisure opportunities. The M69 is also within easy reach for convenient links to Leicester, Coventry and other parts of the Midlands.

Couples searching for the right venue to host their dream wedding can rest assured that the dedicated team at Sketchley Grange have a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure their special day is exactly how they imagined.

The hotel is also a popular venue for business meetings, corporate events and private parties, thanks to the selection of high-quality function rooms, suites and conference rooms available to hire.

Sketchley Grange is operated by Focus Hotels, one of the UK’s most successful hotel management companies.