RAMADA HOTEL IN CANNOCK ANNOUNCES NEW OWNER

A certain future is secured for The Ramada Hotel in Cannock which has been bought by Nine Hospitality.
The hotel and the surrounding buildings within The Orbital Plaza have all been purchased by the Watford based group which has been established for more than 25 years, bringing experience of the hospitality industry to Cannock, having previously invested in large hotels and apartments.
New jobs and investment are all planned for the hotel, which is about to enjoy a makeover including improvements to the décor of the hotel, new furniture and soft furnishings.
Over the next couple of months £70,000 worth of investment will be made in the hotel and the next step will be more building work and further investment.
Gina Chadha, Executive Director of Nine Hospitality, said: “We are investing in the hotel for the long term, we see the hotel’s potential and want to make the iconic building play more of a part within its community.
“Part of our plans will be to improve the rooms we have available for weddings to allow us to accept larger weddings in better rooms, we understand the hotel is well established and successful for weddings and events, but we believe we can improve on it and offer more to people wanting to hold a special event at the hotel.
“We also want to celebrate The Sky Room, and make this a venue local people can use in the evenings to enjoy the views and the atmosphere of the room.”
New jobs will be created as a result of the long term plans as the new owners are looking to add to the existing team and want to recruit people for most areas of the hotel, as well as letting agents for the apartments within the complex, builders, maintenance people and wedding planners.
It is also expected that the hotel will attract new business to the area as it looks to work with blue chip companies and tour groups, bringing tourists and groups to the area.
As part of the plans it is expected that new businesses will join the existing companies based in the Orbital Plaza and the apartment space will be increased.
Gina Chadha, said: “We are looking forward to a busy Christmas at the hotel as our parties are almost sold out and then we will look towards 2014 and the future and offering more to local people in the way of jobs as well as reasons to visit the hotel.”
Anyone wishing to enquire about holding an event at the hotel, or who may have questions relating to an existing booking, should call the hotel directly on 01543 461361 or email sales@ramadabirminghamnorth.co.uk

Cannock Orbital Plaza hotel bought out of administration

The Orbital Plaza near the M6 toll road in Cannock, which comprises a Ramada hotel, has been acquired by London-based investment firm Nine Hospitality Management.

Former owners Pritchard Group went into administration in 2012 and had been looking for a buyer.

With plans to invest a “five to six-figure” amount in the building, Nine Hospitality intends to revamp the site – which includes 95 hotel bedrooms, 26 serviced apartments, board meeting rooms, a restaurant and a bar – with a higher specification interior and updated exterior.

A spokesperson for Nine Hospitality said that the company intended to make the “iconic” building, which had become “a bit tired”, more “fresh”. She also confirmed that there were plans to extend the opening hours of the “Sky lounge”, on the top floor, to make it more attractive for locals and businesses to use in the evenings.

The surrounding Plaza facilities also include offices, a day nursery and crèche, a day spa and two restaurants.

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