Oundle group hotel owners employer rating soars

It has jumped from 44 to 21 in the Best Companies top 100 list

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 10:58 am

The Coaching Inn Group, which operates The Talbot in Oundle, now has a high ranking as one of the best employers in the country and that’s official.

Jumping 23 places in the work place engagement firm Best Companies' top 100 list, the Talbot's parent company has leapt from 44th to 21st position.

Rankings are based on a survey of employees across the group's eighteen hotels and coaching inns with survey results informing the top 100.

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The Talbot Hotel - photo from The Coaching Inn Group

Kevin Charity, chief executive officer of the group, said he was ‘chuffed to bits’ especially as the survey was based on what employees thought.

He said: “Being placed number 21 now is amazing and demonstrates that we’re punching well above our weight.

“We’ve become a very people-focused business over the past four years, just constantly maintaining that culture, keeping on improving and looking at what we can do better and how we as a management team can serve our people – that's been the key."

The historic Grade One listed hotel, said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots, underwent a £1.3 million refurbishment in 2012 and now offers fine dining, luxury rooms and a venue for weddings.

You can eat al fresco - Photo from The Coaching Inn Group

Anyone joining the company has been able to use the Rising Stars Programme, allowing team members to further their careers by gaining hospitality industry qualifications.

Mr Charity added: “We also have our chefs' academy which again encourages all those in the kitchen teams to advance though seeking further qualifications and organises visits to market gardens, farms and our other quality food sources.

"The group highly values our enthusiastic team members and the additional comprehensive programme of staff benefits is a token of its on-going appreciation."