Awards & Accreditations
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 Group - 2015 Living Wage Employer Champion Award
Sundial Group has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Employer Champion Award 2015 for the East Midlands region. Managing Director, Tim Chudley, has also been personally awarded for his outstanding leadership and commitment to driving the Living Wage campaign, receiving the Leadership award for the East Midlands.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.