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2014 Family Business Awards - Service Excellence - Highly Commended (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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Accreditation)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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)

Sundial Venues - Considerate Hoteliers

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 (Accreditation)

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 (Award)

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 UK meeting venues;Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey.

 

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

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

Sundial Group's Warwickshire meeting venue, Woodside andSurrey meeting venue, 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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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

Sundial Venues' dedicated meeting venue in Warwickshire, Woodside has been named one of the few prestigious ‘Gold Standard' venues in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey of 2011. This is now the second year consistently that Woodside, Sundial's Warwickshire venue near Birmingham has retained its ‘Gold Standard' status.

BDRC Continental is the leading supplier of marketing research insight to the meetings sector, with a team of research professionals dedicated to this important part of the hospitality industry. Their "VenueVerdict" survey features over 350 UK Conference venues and internationally renowned hotel chains, of which, just a handful achieve the ‘Gold Standard' accreditation each year.

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

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

Sundial Group has just been announced ‘Best Value for Money' Meeting Venue Group 2011 for a fourth consistent year. Sundial Group has consistently been placed at the top for ‘Value for Money' since this category was created in BDRC Continental's ‘VenueVerdict' survey in 2008.

BDRC Continental is the leading supplier of marketing research insight into the meetings sector, with a team of research professionals dedicated to this important part of the hospitality industry. Their surveys and programmes feature over 200 of the top UK Conference Centre groups, and internationally renowned hotel chains.

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

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

Sundial Venues' dedicated meeting and training venues Barnett Hill and Woodside both achieved ‘Gold Standard' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey for Q3 2011. Woodside holds 'Gold Standard' stauts consistently throughout 2011.

BDRC Continental is the leading supplier of marketing research insight to the meetings sector, with a team of research professionals dedicated to this important part of the hospitality industry. Their "VenueVerdict" survey features over 300 UK Conference venues and internationally renowned hotel chains, of which, just a handful achieve the ‘Gold Standard' accreditation each year.

Sundial Venues - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence (Award)

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, which honour top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, reviewed by travellers on the world's largest travel site.

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

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

Beating off stiff competition, Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at The Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House was awarded the 'Booker Chef of the Year'! The Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House, the Number One Hotel in Northampton (TripAdvisor) was also a finalist in the 'Restaurant of the Year' category.

The cook-off to decide the winner of the ‘Booker Chef of the Year' took place in the impressive kitchens at Silverstone and in the style of ‘Ready Steady Cook', each chef was presented with a basket of produce provided by category sponsor Booker, as well as the two key Northamptonshire ingredients of Harpole breast of lamb and strawberries from Newton, from which they had to create two mouth-watering courses.

 

Highgate House - Number One Hotel in Northampton - TripAdvisor Popularity Index (Award)

Highgate House - Number One Hotel in Northampton - TripAdvisor Popularity Index

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 (Award)

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. This follows the dedicated Northamptonshire conference and meeting venue winning Gold within its East Midlands region for the past two years.

Sundial Group Venues - “Best Venue Group Meeting Product” - Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards 2011 (Award)

Sundial Group Venues - “Best Venue Group Meeting Product” - Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards 2011

Sundial Group Venues have been named ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' for a third year at recent Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards. The prestigious award, decided by meeting planner votes, was announced on the same night that Sundial Group collected their several BDRC Continental VenueVerdict awards.

 

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

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

Highgate House's on-going dedication to offering its customers an outstanding experience has led to the Northamptonshire venue  being nationally ranked ‘Number One Venue' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" Survey of 2010.

BDRC Continental is the leading supplier of marketing research insight into the meetings sector, with a team of research professionals dedicated to this important part of the hospitality industry. Their surveys and programmes feature over 200 of the top UK Conference Centre groups, and internationally renowned hotel chains.

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

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

Sundial Group's continued commitment to offering an outstanding level of ‘Value for Money' has again been recognised, having officially topped ‘Value for Money' in BDRC Continental's "VenueVerdict" survey for 2010. Sundial Group has now held this position consistently for the past three years, having first been named best Value for Money for 2008.

 

BDRC Continental is the leading supplier of marketing research insight into the meetings sector, with a team of research professionals dedicated to this important part of the hospitality industry. Their surveys and programmes feature over 200 of the top UK Conference Centre groups, and internationally renowned hotel chains.

 

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

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.

BDRC Continental is the leading supplier of marketing research insight into the meetings sector, with a team of research professionals dedicated to this important part of the hospitality industry. Their surveys and programmes feature over 200 of the top UK Conference Centre groups, and internationally renowned hotel chains.

 

Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards 2010 (Award)

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. This award, decided by meeting planner votes, was announced on the same night that we collected the top award from BDRC's VenueVerdict customer survey, giving us a spectacular one-two.

Enjoy England, Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010 (Award)

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. These include a commitment to excellence, customer care, environmental initiatives and a devotion to the training and development of staff.

BDRC VenueVerdict No.1 Brand 2009 (Award)

BDRC VenueVerdict No.1 Brand 2009

East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2010 (Award)

East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2010

BDRC VenueVerdict Gold Standard (Award)

BDRC VenueVerdict Gold Standard

IACC Green Accreditation (Award)

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.  We have qualified for the Gold Tier

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce (Accreditation)

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Woodside is a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (Award)

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.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce (Award)

Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Barnett Hill is a member of Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Cyclists Welcome (Accreditation)

Cyclists Welcome

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

Walkers Welcome (Accreditation)

Walkers Welcome

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

Visitbritain Quality in Tourism Scheme (Accreditation)

Highgate House participates in the Visitbritain Quality in Tourism Scheme and has achieved a Four-Star rating within the Guest Accommodation category.

International Association of Conference Centres (Accreditation)

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.

Investors in People (Accreditation)

Investors in People

The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to help organisations improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people. Sundial Group has been accredited since 1999

Hotel Booking Agents’ Association (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

The British Chambers of Commerce (Accreditation)

Each Sundial business is a member of its local Chamber of Commerce. These organisations support local businesses, acting as the network and voice for over 126,000 members working to reduce burdens and create a more favourable business environment .

Training Venue of the Year (Award)

Training Venue of the Year

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

Leading industry figures gathered at the World of Learning Awards ceremony held at the Birmingham NEC on the 14th November 2007. These awards are among the training industry's most prestigious, and the ‘Training Venue of the Year' category recognises a venue that offers the best services and support for training needs.

This award called for a venue that could both offer and tailor its services to individual training needs, with a particular commitment to focus, dedicated customer service, technical support and high quality catering. This is a concept that is highly regarded throughout the Sundial Group portfolio where strong values and high attention to detail provide the basis for the first class meeting experience we offer.

The award was accepted with great honour and delight, and it is a great achievement to be recognised at such a remarkable event. This accolade is the second in two months for Sundial Group's head office, having been credited with a Gold award in the ‘Meet England' category of the Enjoy England Excellence in Tourism Awards (East Midlands region) early in October.

Six of the eight finalists in the category, including Highgate House, were members of Conference Centres of Excellence (Britain's leading consortium of dedicated specialist conference and training venues) confirming the notion that a dedicated conference environment is the optimal choice for a focus on training needs.

Enjoy England, Excellence in Tourism Awards 2007 (Award)

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.

Our Kenilworth property received a silver award at a magnificent ceremony held at Birmingham Town Hall on the 23rd October. Presented by local TV and radio presenters Sarah-Jane Mee and Ed James, the awards celebrate the successes and achievements made to deliver excellence to the Heart of England region.

The ‘Meet England' category was formerly titled Business Tourism of the Year. The award acknowledges a thriving business tourism market in the UK, and recognises in particular those attributes that contribute to unrivalled success. These include a commitment to excellence, customer care, environmental initiatives and a devotion to the training and development of staff.

It is an honour to be recognised and rewarded in such a prestigious event.  Woodside enjoys this title through its dedicated conference centre environment and strong emphasis on values and the delivery of a quality service.

Highgate House Strikes Gold (Award)

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.

Previously titled ‘Business Tourism of the Year', this award acknowledges the thriving business tourism market in the UK, with particular recognition of a commitment to excellence, customer care, staff training and development and care for the environment.

 

Godiva Awards 2007 (Award)

Godiva Awards 2007

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

The award was decided by a panel of Industry specialists and announced at a glittering ceremony held at the Belgrade Theatre on the 25th October 2007.

The awards promote and reward excellence in the Coventry and Warwickshire region; paying particular attention to the lifestyle, business, and leisure industry.

This recognition follows earlier success in the same week when Woodside was named as runner-up in the Enjoy England, Excellence in Tourism awards (Heart of England region), gaining a silver award in the ‘Meet England' category.

Sundial Chef wins IACC Copper Skillet (Award)

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 represents bona fide conference centres across the globe, with member centres belonging to chapters in the UK, North America, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia.  A standards-driven association rather than a marketing organisation, its stringently-assessed members represent the elite of the UK's dedicated conference centres, committed to providing superior working environments to corporate guests. 

 

The Copper Skillet is an annual competition that invites the best chefs across the chapters to compete for the international honour of IACC 'Chef of the Year'.  The winner from each Chapter's heat competes in a cook-off at the IACC International Conference, which, this year, will be held in New Jersey. 

The 2007 theme for the event is Thai cuisine, and Lee's pan-fried pommfret (a classic fish extremely popular in Thailand) served with stir fried noodles, crisp soft-shell crab and red curry sauce finished with kaffir lime leaves impressed the judges sufficiently to make him the top chef at the UK heat.

Previous accolades for Lee include numerous medals at Hotelympia and Hospitality Salon Culinaires, and he was also the inaugural winner of the Conference Centres of Excellence ‘Chef of the Year' competition.  Lee has moved to Highgate House from Woodside, our Warwickshire venue, where he has worked for the last 13 years, becoming Head Chef in 2002.  Just last year he mentored his chef de partie at Woodside, David Webb, to the same honour.  The UK cook-off was judged by Peter Griffiths, President of the British Culinary Federation.

Jerry Toth, our Operations Director (and himself a multiple award-winning chef) praised Lee's talent and commitment.  'We are very proud to have Lee as our head chef at Woodside.  Time and time again he is judged to be a top chef, and he is always dedicated to advancing the careers of young chefs lucky enough to work with him.  The standards we maintain across our Group ensure unforgettable dining experiences.' 

Heart of England ‘Excellence in Tourism’ Awards (Award)

Heart of England ‘Excellence in Tourism’ Awards

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

The venue has landed the Gold Award in the Business Tourism of the Year category in the Tourism Excellence Awards - considered the biggest and best tourism awards around.

In a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral staff from the venue collected their accolades and progress to the national "Enjoy England - Awards for Excellence", where they will represent the region and compete for the national award.

Woodside, set in 32 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside, is a residential conference centre that creates a superb environment for business travellers with its 74 en-suite bedrooms and extensive leisure facilities. 

Joanna Chudley, Sundial Group's Marketing Director praised the venue's team and their dedication: "It's what we are here to do and it justifies our commitment to developing the standards, the people and the service across our locations.  We are confident that we are good at what we do, we know we work very hard and it's nice to have that recognised.

It's great to win in such a competitive category - fingers crossed for the national awards!"

National Training Awards 2006 (Award)

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.

Since February 2004, more than 300 of our staff have undergone the ‘Through the Customer's Eyes' programme, which is a bespoke training tool delivered and managed by our Training and Development team.

Team members are invited on to the ‘Through the Customer's Eyes' course with joining instructions and a £5 note towards completing a pre-course visit to a food outlet to test customer service!  This experience opens the debate on professionalism.  All participants tour the venue with digital cameras to take photos of good or bad examples of features from a customer's viewpoint, while ‘Reflections of You' uses a mirror to help them identify areas for improvement in appearance and self-confidence.  The participants also use masks in one session to demonstrate how facial expressions show what we are feeling.

Linda Roberts, Group Training and Development Manager, who is based at Highgate House in Creaton, Northamptonshire, said: "Through the Customer's Eyes' is a unique hospitality customer service programme which inspired and motivated all staff leading to Sundial Group maintaining its position as one of the leading venue suppliers in the UK." 

Sundial Group was an East Midlands winner in the 2004 National Training Awards, and in 2005 won ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Magazine Awards, remaining in the top two for 2006.  Additionally, Woodside's chef was named "IACC/CCE Chef of the Year" for 2006 and Barnett Hill won a Surrey Sustainable Business Award for its environmental and social responsibility initiatives.

This latest accolade was announced in the same week Woodside in Warwickshire, won gold in the Business Tourism Category of its region's "Enjoy England - Awards for Excellence" competition.

 

Further success for Sundial Group Chef (Award)

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.

Of the eight years that this competition has been staged by Conference Centres of Excellence and the International Association of Conference Centres, Sundial Group's chefs have been victorious four times. Lee Gaskins, Woodside's Head Chef, was the inaugural winner, and he has mentored David since he started his career at Sundial Group last February. In fact, this is something of a third-generation success for Sundial Group, because Lee himself was trained by our Operations Director, award-winning chef Jerry Toth. 

Jerry, who following the publication of the Sundial Group Cookbook late last year, pens regular articles in meetings industry magazines about the importance of quality cuisine, was delighted with this most recent success, "We take food very seriously across our venues, and I am thrilled for David, Lee and all at Sundial Group that their talents have been recognised in this way. He was up against some pretty stiff competition from a selection of excellent chefs and won not only the Gold Award, but also the ‘Best Main Course' certificate." 

"Competitions such as these are great for raising the profile of the cuisine provided by dedicated conference centres, and help challenge the perception of our venues in the marketplace." 

This award follows hot on the heels of the Silver medal that David won at this year's Midlands Salon Culinairé, held at the NEC, in the senior Duck class. For coming first, David wins a gold medal, silver salver, £150, a case of fine wines and the prestige of being CCE/IACC Chef of the Year for 2006. 

 

Godiva Awards 2005 (Award)

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 (Award)

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.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director (and Bus Driver) received the award at the presentation ceremony in London and spoke of how pleased he was that the Chudbus had received further industry recognition.
 
'It's great to win another award for a campaign very close to us all.  The Chudbus acknowledges the fact that Sundial Group has always been a family business of which we're all very proud.  It's a story we enjoy telling, mainly because it differentiates us from the other large operators in the industry: we're not driven by the demands of institutional investors or the stock market -; only by those of our customers -; and, having lasted over forty years already, we are here to stay'
 
The Chudbus was launched at the National Venue Show in 2004 and the subsequent campaign included features on BBC Radio, ITV Regional News and local newspapers as well as in meetings industry press.  A promotional DVD, replica miniature Routemaster buses and even t-shirts follow the Chudbus whenever it travels either to present to customers and venue finding agencies at their offices or to exhibit at trade shows: the next of which is November's World of Learning Exhibition in Birmingham.
 
The Chudbus was also successful in the International Association of Conference Centres "Forum for Great Ideas" in March this year, picking up three awards at the organisation's annual conference in the USA.

Coventry Evening Telegraph Business Awards 2005 (Award)

Coventry Evening Telegraph Business Awards 2005

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

This accolade comes hot on the heels of Sundial scooping the top award for "Best Venue Group Meeting Product" category at the 2005 Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards and two "Forum for Great Ideas" awards at the annual conference of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) in the USA.


As part of the family-owned Sundial Group, one of the UK's leading venue operators, Woodside represents Sundial's highly acclaimed culture based upon a distinct customer care philosophy; looking after guests better than anyone else. It is through the Group's commitment to training that the team and the environment at Woodside embody these values. The Training Excellence Award highlights this commitment and the investment the Sundial Group offers employees with training and development.


Woodside's general manager, Julie Hammond, was extremely excited and proud to receive the Training Excellence Award and commented; "The thoughtful planning, attention to detail and dedication of Sundial's human resources director Lucy McGibbon and training and development manager Linda Roberts, have provided management and staff training opportunities across the Group that contribute to Sundial's continued success."


Woodside provides the ideal environment for conferences, meetings, learning events and corporate hospitality. The purpose built conference and syndicate rooms offering state-of-the-art equipment, are complemented by excellent accommodation, extensive leisure facilities and award-winning catering.

IACC ‘Forum for Great Ideas’ 2005 (Award)

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.

The Chudbus, the promotional vehicle we use to tell our unique family history, has been recognised by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) at its Annual Conference in Virginia.
 
Each year the Association runs a "Forum for Great Ideas", and this time we ‘drove' (well, actually we flew) away with three awards; celebrating success in the forum for the third year running.
 
After winning the Sales & Marketing category, the Chudbus was given one of two special "Best of the Best" awards by the judges, before winning the popular vote of the "People's Choice" award at the three day event.  Previous Sundial Group innovations recognised by IACC include our Sunetic® Walls display system and delegate ‘Goody Bags'.

Tim Chudley, Sundial's managing director and for six years a member of the IACC Global Board, was also honoured at the conference, being presented with a cut-glass trophy in recognition of the end of his term as Global President.  Speaking first of the Chudbus's success, he was thrilled with what had become of his initial idea.  "We'd been trying to find a unique way to tell the family story behind Sundial Group for some time when I stumbled across some old family film of our bus trip to America in the 1950s.  In my other role as Sundial Group Bus Driver, my Sales Team and I have taken our message to exhibitions and clients all over the country, while our Marketing Team, led by my sister, Jo, has gained us tremendous exposure on TV, Radio and in the press."

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2005 (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.

As the awards are decided solely by customer votes, the result clearly demonstrates just how highly regarded dedicated conference venues have become. Sundial Group's four venues are known not only for superb facilities in beautiful locations, but also for their unrivalled approach to customer hospitality, and this recent success shows that the long-established operator will continue to lead the marketplace in 2005.

Sundial Group sales & marketing director Jo Chudley was delighted to receive the award and immediately thanked all who voted for the Group. "I am so grateful to our customers." She said, "We enjoy excellent relationships with all who use our venues and this award shows they feel the same way. It's quite humbling to think that they felt strongly enough about our product to take the time to vote for us." Also in line for thanks was the company's workforce, with Jo adding "this award is for everyone at Sundial, and I really cannot praise the staff highly enough".

Managing director Tim Chudley, a champion of the conference centre concept, was also thrilled with the company's success. "The foundation of our business is the belief that dedicated conference venues offer a better service," he commented "and it is great to know that those who receive that service agree."

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2005 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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. 

The business began at Highgate House (Northampton) in 1964, and over the last ten years grew first into Barnett Hill (Surrey), then Woodside (Warwickshire).  With this expansion came many challenges, including the need to transfer management from the family's "hands on" approach to new management teams, the creation of a new strategy for management development, and the necessity to create a learning culture for all staff.

Workshops, master classes, one-to-one coaching and ‘Teamscapes®', Sundial's own outdoor team-building activities, were all used by Lucy McGibbon (HR Director) and Linda Roberts (Group Training and Development Manager) to deliver the management development programme.

Said Linda: "As a large percentage of managers are appointed internally the programme is now being used to prepare potential managers with the necessary skills.

Managers have personal development plans and their training needs are reviewed every six months and they are encouraged to conduct regular team training events.  Managers have completed NVQs in management and team leadership and have also encouraged their teams to pursue other qualifications."

One of the main outcomes of the programme has been that the family values and culture are now replicated at all four of the Group's venues (in Bath, Surrey, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire) and, Linda adds: "The management development programme has greatly contributed to the continuing success of Sundial Group in becoming the leader in the meeting venue industry."

Hotelympia Conference Chef of the Year 2004 (Award)

Hotelympia Conference Chef of the Year 2004

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

Lee Gaskins presented grilled fillet of sea-bass on wilted greens, provençal vegetable tortellini and a fine herb dressing followed by a duo of beef (roast sirloin and pan-fried blade), served with truffle mash potato, roast vegetables and a Madeira jus.

 

 

Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Industry Awards 2004 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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 (Award)

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'

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