Rockingham Forest hotel boss says all jobs safe

Corby's Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel
Corby's Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel
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The general manager of the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel at Corby says the future is bright, despite its parent company going into administration.

Warren Browning spoke out after it was announced the 71-bedroom hotel in Rockingham Road has been put up for sale.

Peter Holder, Nick Cropper and Anne O’Keefe from advisory and restructuring specialists Zolfo Cooper were appointed joint administrators over the hotel group Barinbrook last month.

Mr Browning said a number of potential buyers have already shown interest in the hotel.

He said: “The hotel is a viable business with a really bright future.

“There is no risk of redundancies and all the functions which have been booked and organised will go ahead.

“It’s business as usual and there is no need for anyone to worry. The hotel is operating fully.”

Rockingham Forest Hotel employs 66 staff and has a packed programme of events lined up for the rest of the year, as well as dozens of wedding receptions.

Mr Browning said: “We have been in touch with all the brides-to-be to put their minds at rest about their receptions.”

As well as the Corby hotel, the group operates Himley Hotel in Dudley, Quality Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Quality Hotel in Colchester, Quality Hotel in Peterborough, Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage and Quality Hotel in Kings Lynn.

The Corby hotel is a freehold property and the rest are leasehold.

Mr Browning said: “Being freehold is an advantage and places our hotel in a very positive position.

“We have a host of functions lined up for the year, with a busier calendar than we have ever had before.”

Among the events planned at the Rockingham Forest Hotel are a night with former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton in aid of Lakelands Hospice in April, a summer ball in June, a murder mystery night in July and a cider and beer festival in August.

Mr Browning, who took over as general manager at the hotel eight months ago, said: “We hold 50 weddings a year here and we have a growing conference centre business. The future of the hotel is secure.”

Peter Holder, partner at Zolfo Cooper, said: “We welcome expressions of interest from third parties to acquire any or all of the hotels.

“We would also like to thank the staff for their continued support and professionalism during this process.”