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International Association of Conference Centres

All Sundial’s venues are accredited members of IACC. Setting standards for the dedicated meeting environment this organisation brings together some of the best specialist business meeting venues in the world, helping members stay well informed of developments and trends and responsive to the needs of clients.

Barnett Hill - First Hotel & Conference Centre to Pay Living Wage

Sundial Group is delighted to announce that its Surrey based hotel and conference centre, Barnett Hill, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer – a historic first for the hospitality industry. The group has committed to pay all its employees at its Guildford based venue at least the hourly wage of £7.85 (significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50).

Sundial Venues - TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 & Hall of Fame

 

Sundial Group's three country house hotels, Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, have each been recognised as a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winner, after achieving a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

Barnett Hill - VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015, Business Tourism Award

 

Sundial Group’s Surrey based hotel and conference centre, Barnett Hill, has been awarded Bronze for excellence in business tourism. The prestigious business tourism award reflects Barnett Hill’s commitment to excellence in quality, customer care and business practice. It is also testament to the hard work of the team at Barnett Hill who are dedicated to providing an outstanding environment and experience for customers.

Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2015 Q1

All 3 Sundial Venues have received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for 2015 Q1 by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

Sundial Group - ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product’ - Gold - M&IT Awards 2015

 

Sundial Group won Gold for ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product', beating off prestigious hotel group giants including Hilton Worldwide, Marriot Hotels, De Vere Venues and Q Hotels, in what is a highly competitive category. This is the fifth time the group has received this accolade in the past six years.

Woodside - ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue’ - Gold - M&IT Awards 2015

 

Warwickshire based venue, Woodside, scooped a Gold award for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' in the 2015 M&IT awards.

Highgate House - ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue’ - Silver - M&IT Awards 2015

 

Northamptonshire based venue, Highgate House, received Silver for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' in the 2015 M&IT awards.

Iain Miller - 2015 UK Copper Skillet Competition Winner

Sundial Group chefs have scooped first, second and third place at the 2015 UK Copper Skillet Competition, run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC). Iain Miller, Head Chef at Warwickshire venue, Woodside, was awarded 1st place, Mitchell Leech, Senior Chef de Partie at Woodside, scooped 2nd place and was also declared junior category champion, while Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at Northamptonshire venue, Highgate House, received 3rd place.

Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2014

Sundial Group’s three meeting venues, have all been awarded ‘VenueVerdict’s Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental for delivering consistently exceptional customer service in 2014.

Barnett Hill - Business Tourism Award - Silver - 2014 Beautiful South Awards

Barnett Hill, have been awarded Silver in the Business Tourism category at the 2014 Beautiful South Award

2014 Family Business Awards - Service Excellence - Highly Commended

Sundial Group have been awarded 'Highly Commended' for Service Excellence at the 2014 Family Business Awards

Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2014 Q3

All 3 Sundial Venues have received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q3 by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2014 Q2

Highagte House and Woodside have received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q2 by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

Sundial Venues - TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

 

Sundial Group's three country house venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, have each been awarded ‘Certificates of Excellence' by TripAdvisor.

Highgate House - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2014 Q1

 

Highgate House, has received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q1 by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

Woodside - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2014 Q1

 

Woodside, has received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q1 by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

Robert Budd - 2014 UK Copper Skillet Competition Winner

 

Robert Budd, Sous Chef at Barnett Hill, has won Silver at the 2014 International Copper Skillet Competition in California, run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).

Sundial Group - ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product’ - Gold - M&IT Awards 2014

 

Sundial Group won Gold for ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product', beating off prestigious hotel group giants including Hilton Worldwide, Q Hotels, Mercure UK and De Vere Venues, in what is a highly competitive category. This is the fourth time the group has received this accolade in the past five years.

Highgate House - ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue’ - Silver - M&IT Awards 2014

 

Highgate House in Northamptonshire, received three awards at the 2014 M&IT awards; Silver for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' and Bronze for ‘Best UK Management Training Centre' and ‘Best Conference and Banqueting Staff'

Barnett Hill - ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue’ - Bronze - M&IT Awards 2014

 

Surrey based venue, Barnett Hill, scooped a Bronze award for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' in the 2014 M&IT awards.

Robert Budd - 2014 UK Copper Skillet Competition Winner

 

Robert Budd, Sous Chef at Surrey meeting venue, Barnett Hill, has won the 2014 UK Copper Skillet Competition run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).

Barnett Hill - Highly Commended - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2013

 

Sundial Group's Barnett Hill venue has been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Highly Commended' by BDRC Continental (one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector) for 2013.

Highgate House - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2013

 

Sundial Group's Highgate House venue has once again been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental (one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector) for 2013.

Woodside - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2013

 

Sundial Group's Woodside venue has been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental (one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector) for 2013.

Lee Gaskins - Northamptonshire Food & Drinks Awards ‘Chef of the Year - 2013

 

Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at The Terrace Restaurant, Highgate House has been crowned ‘Aspire Chef of the Year' in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards

Highgate House - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2013 Q3

 

Sundial Group's Highgate House venue has been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental (one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector) for the third quarter in a row in 2013

Highgate House - CCE - Non-member Venue Most Admired by Conference Centres of Excellence 2013

 

Members of the Conference Centres of Excellence, the UK's leading consortium of specialist venues, have voted Highgate House the venue they most admire outside of the consortium.

Highgate House - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2013 Q2

 

Sundial Group's Highgate House venue has yet again been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

Highgate House - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2013 Q1

 

Sundial Group's Highgate House venue has been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector

Sundial Group - ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product’ - Gold - M&IT Awards 2013

 

Sundial Group has won gold for ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' at the 2013 Meetings and Incentive Travel Industry (M&IT) Awards, beating off prestigious hotel group giants including Hilton, Marriot and De Vere in a highly competitive category.

Highgate House - 3 x Bronze - M&IT Awards 2013

 

Sundial Group's venue Highgate House, has won three awards at the 2013 Meetings and Incentive Travel Industry (M&IT) Awards ceremony, held in London on 19 March.

The venue was awarded bronze in the following three categories: Best UK Management Training Centre | Best Value for Money Conference Venue | Best Conference and Banqueting Staff

Sundial Group - ‘Investor in People’ Standard

 

Sundial Group has once again been accredited with the prestigious ‘Investors in People' Standard, reconfirming its commitment to the success and development of its employees.

Woodside & Barnett Hill - Highly Commended - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2012

 

Sundial Group's conference venues' Woodside and Barnett Hill, have been awarded ‘Highly Commended Accreditation' by BDRC Continental's VenueVerdict for delivering consistently exceptional customer service in 2012.

Highgate House - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2012

 

Sundial Group's conference venue in the Midlands, Highgate House, has been awarded ‘Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental's VenueVerdict for delivering consistently exceptional customer service in 2012.

Sundial Group - Best Value For Money - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2012

 

Sundial has been awarded ‘Best Value for Money' meeting venues group by BDRC Continental's VenueVerdict Awards for 2012, continuing to hold the position since the awards began.

Sundial Venues - Considerate Hoteliers (Accreditation)

 

Recognised as part of the hotel industry's specialist body for environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility

Sundial Group accredited by ‘Compliant Venues’ for Healthcare sector events

 

Sundial Group is delighted to announce that its three venues have undertaken an accreditation and training solution designed to enable meeting venues to work competently with healthcare clients

HBAA Venue Social Media Award 2012

 

Sundial Group have scooped the prestigious HBAA Venue Social Media Award 2012 in recognition of its social media efforts across the three Sundial venues.

Barnett Hill & Woodside - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey Q2 2012

 

Woodside and Barnett Hill have displayed an on-going dedication to offering customers an outstanding experience leading to the "VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation" for the period July 2011 - June 2012.

Sundial Venues - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

 

Sundial Venues are honoured as highly rated hotels, as reviewed by customers on TripAdvisor. Barnett Hill in Surrey, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Warwickshire have each received TripAdvisor® Certificates of Excellence 2012, which honour top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, reviewed by travellers on the world's largest travel site.

Sundial Group Venues - “Best Venue Group Meeting Product” - SIlver - M&IT Awards 2012

 

Sundial Group Venues have been awarded Silver in ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' at recent Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards.

Highgate House - Best Value for Money Venue 2012 - Bronze

 

Highgate House in Northamptonshire, collected bronze in both Best Value for Money Venue in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Magazine Awards 2012

Highgate House - Best UK Management Training Centre 2012 - Bronze

 

Highgate House in Northamptonshire, the largest of the Sundial Venues, collected bronze in both Best UK Management Training Centre in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Magazine Awards 2012

Woodside - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2011

Woodside has been named one of the few prestigious ‘Gold Standard' venues in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey of 2011.

Sundial Group - Best Value For Money - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2011

 

Sundial Group awarded ‘Best Value for Money' Meeting Venue Group 2011 for a fourth consistent year.

Barnett Hill & Woodside - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey Q3 2011

 

Barnett Hill and Woodside both achieved ‘Gold Standard' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey for Q3 2011.

Sundial Venues - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

 

Sundial Venues are honoured as highly rated hotels, as reviewed by customers on TripAdvisor. Barnett Hill in Surrey, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Warwickshire have each received TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at The Terrace Restaurant named Northamptonshire ‘Chef of the Year’

 

Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at The Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House was awarded the 'Booker Chef of the Year'!

Highgate House - Number One Hotel in Northampton - TripAdvisor 

 

Highgate House's continuous dedication to offering the very best in customer service has lead to Highgate House now holding the position of Number One Hotel in Northampton for over a year in the TripAdvisor Popularity Index.

Highgate House - Best Business Tourism Establishment in England 2011

 

Highgate House has won the Gold title for ‘Best Business Tourism Establishment' throughout the country, at the weekend's EnjoyEngland Excellence in Tourism Awards.

Sundial Group Venues - “Best Venue Group Meeting Product” - M&IT Awards 2011

 

Sundial Group Venues have been named ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' for a third year at recent Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards.

Highgate House - Number One Venue - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2010

 

Highgate House have been ranked ‘Number One Venue' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" Survey of 2010.

Sundial Group - Number One Value For Money - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2010

 

Sundial Group have topped ‘Value for Money' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey for 2010.

Highgate House & Woodside - Gold Standard - BDRC Continental’s “VenueVerdict” survey - 2010

 

Sundial Group's Midlands-based dedicated meeting and training venues, Woodside in Warwickshire and Highgate House in Northamptonshire, have both achieved ‘Gold Standard' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey.

Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards 2010

 

Sundial Venues have completed a customer service double by winning the "Best Venue Group Meeting Product" category of the M&IT Magazine Industry Awards.

Enjoy England, Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010

 

Woodside has been named runner up in the ‘Business Tourism' category of the Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2010 - Heart of England Region. The award acknowledges a thriving business tourism market in the UK, and recognises in particular those attributes that contribute to unrivalled success.

BDRC VenueVerdict No.1 Brand 2009

 

East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2010

 

BDRC VenueVerdict Gold Standard

 

IACC Green Accreditation

 

All three Sundial venues have signed up to IACC's Code of Sustainability, agreeing that our organisation (1) has agreed to sustain and support IACC's Environmental Policy; (2) has adopted and currently adheres to all of the tenets of the code; and (3) willingly joins other member organisations that have signed the code in an association-wide effort to strive for greater sustainability.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

 

Woodside has joined the local Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, which is the leading local environmental charity and protects wildlife and natural places throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

Cyclists Welcome

 

As part of Visitbritain's Quality in Tourism assessments, Highgate House has achieved the 'Cyclists Welcome' accreditation.

Walkers Welcome

 

As part of Visitbritain's Quality in Tourism assessments, Highgate House has achieved the 'Walkers Welcome' accreditation.

Hotel Booking Agents’ Association

 

Sundial Group’s Venues are Charter Partners of the HBAA, meaning they abide by the organisation’s code-of-conduct. The HBAA represents the interests of booking agents in the United Kingdom

Training Venue of the Year

 

Highgate House has won the ‘Training Venue of the Year' title in the World of Learning Awards 2007.

Enjoy England, Excellence in Tourism Awards 2007

 

Woodside has been named runner up in the ‘Meet England' category of the Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2007 - Heart of England Region.

Highgate House Strikes Gold

 

Highgate House is a Gold Award winner in the 'Meet England' category of the Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2007 - East Midlands Region.

Godiva Awards 2007

 

Woodside have received a bronze award under the Best Conference Venue title

Sundial Chef wins IACC Copper Skillet

 

Lee Gaskins, recently-appointed head chef at Highgate House, our Northamptonshire venue, has won the UK heat of the International Association of Conference Centres ‘Copper Skillet' competition and will go on to represent the UK at the world final in America this April.

Heart of England ‘Excellence in Tourism’ Awards

 

Woodside, our Kenilworth-based venue, has won the 2006 Gold Award in the Business Tourism Category.

National Training Awards 2006

 

"Through the Customer's Eyes", the training programme we deliver to our staff, has landed us our second East Midlands training award.

Further success for Sundial Group Chef

 

We are delighted to announce that Woodside, our Warwickshire venue, is celebrating further success in the kitchen after David Webb, Chef de Partie, took home the Gold Award in the CCE/IACC Chef of the Year Competition 2006.

Godiva Awards 2005

 

Woodside, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, was a finalist in the 'Best Conference Venue' category of the 2005 Godiva Awards

Meetings Industry Marketing Awards 2005

 

The Sundial Group was honoured at the Meetings Industry Marketing Awards with the silver award in the "Best Public Relations Campaign" category in recognition of the Chudbus, the promotional red London bus the company uses to tell its family story.

Coventry Evening Telegraph Business Awards 2005

 

Woodside has won the 'Training Excellence Award' category of the Coventry Evening Telegraph Business Awards.

IACC ‘Forum for Great Ideas’ 2005

 

The Chudbus was honoured with three awards by the International Association of Conference Centers. Having impressed the judges in the Sales and Marketing Category it was then awarded a 'Best of the Best' prize before being voted the conference delegates' favourite entry in the 'People's Choice' award.

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2005

 

Sundial Group was ecstatic to win the "Best Venue Group Meeting Product" category at the 2005 M&IT Awards, particularly as the other finalists, hotel giants Hilton and Marriott, offered such stiff competition.

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2005

 

Highgate House was a finalist in the 'Best Conference and Banqueting Staff' category.

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2005

 

Highgate House was a finalist in the 'Best UK Management Training Centre' category.

Surrey Sustainable Business Awards 2004

 

Barnett Hill, just outside Guildford, was 'Highly Commended' for its environmentally-friendly approach to business in the 2004 Surrey Sustainable Business Awards

Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards 2004

 

Highgate House, last year's winner, was again a finalist in the 'Best Customer Service' category of its local excellence awards.

National Training Awards 2004

 

 Sundial Group was named as an East Midlands Regional Winner of the National Training Awards 2004 for a training programme designed to ensure management skills are consistent across the company. 

Hotelympia Conference Chef of the Year 2004

 

Woodside's head chef picked up the bronze medal in these prestigious catering awards.

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2004

 

Highgate House, our Northamptonshire venue, was victorious in the 'Best Conference and Banqueting Staff' category of the M&IT Industry Awards.

IACC ‘Best Practices Forum’ 2004

 

Sundial Group's Goody Bags were recognised by the International Association of Conference Centers at its annual conference. The prize was in the Conference Services/Planning Category.

Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards 2003

 

Highgate House was delighted to be given the 'Best Customer Service' award of the 2003 Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards.

IACC ‘Best Practices Forum’ 2003

 

Sunetic Walls, Sundial's patented magnetic walls display system, has won the 'Conference Room Design' category of the International Association of Conference Centers 'Best Practices Forum'