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Woodside Scoops 2 Nominations at Prestigious Meetings Awards
18/01/2018
Woodside in Warwickshire is thrilled to have received two nominations at the prestigious 2018 Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards.

The Sundial Group venue has been shortlisted for Best Value for Money Conference Venue and Best UK Management Training Centre. The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry. Recognising and rewarding excellence, the awards are the result of customer voting, in particular event organisers.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director, said:

�We are incredibly proud to have received these nominations for Woodside once again in the M&IT Awards shortlist. Gaining such recognition demonstrates how highly we are regarded amongst UK meeting planners and we'd really like to thank our customers for taking the time to vote for us."

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at Battersea Evolution in London on Friday 2nd March.
Woodside Joins Venues of Excellence
07/12/2017
Woodside in Warwickshire has joined the prestigious consortium, Venues of Excellence.

The Sundial Group hotel joins 38 other venues in the leading collection of exceptional venues delivering excellence in conferences, training and events in the UK.

In order to become a member of the consortium, Woodside was required to meet stringent criteria in terms of quality, facilities, accommodation and customer care, and have been recognised for delivering an exceptional experience in meetings and events.

Commenting on the venue joining the membership, Mandy Jennings, Executive Director of Venues of Excellence said:

�We are absolutely delighted to welcome Woodside into membership of Venues of Excellence. Since our rebrand in 2016, there has been a marked increase in membership of unique and diverse venues who recognise the consortiums strength within the industry for sales and marketing. Our continued growth positions us strongly within the market, rivalling other well-known hotel chains to provide conference and event planners with a selection of venues who all fly the kite of excellence.�

Managing Director of Sundial Group, Tim Chudley, said:

�We are really excited to be joining Venues of Excellence. At Sundial, we pride ourselves on delivering a quality experience for our customers and we felt that joining the consortium, which represents the top end of the meetings sector, was the perfect fit for Woodside. We‘re looking forward to the benefits that being a member brings including the networking and training opportunities.�
Woodside Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
17/07/2017
Woodside in Warwickshire has earned a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in recognition of providing exceptional customer service, an accolade received now for seven consecutive years.

Celebrating excellence in hospitality, the Certificate of Excellence is awarded to businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor in the past year, and is only given to establishments that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"It‘s a great honour to receive the Certificate of Excellence for the seventh year in a row. The accolade is testament to the hard work of our team at Woodside who are committed to providing an outstanding customer experience for both business and leisure guests.�
Woodside Reveals Exciting New Meeting Concept ‘YourSpace‘
12/07/2017
Sundial Group is thrilled to introduce a brand new meeting concept to Woodside in Warwickshire.

In response to customer demand for more interactive and flexible meetings, ‘YourSpace‘ has been designed to provide more innovative spaces for clients, encouraging them to think differently and utilise the meeting spaces to enhance creativity, boost productivity and have a little fun.

‘YourSpace‘ will allow event organisers to add multiple features to personalise their meetings and events at Woodside. This will include flexible and comfortable seating arrangements using high and low tables, beanbags and lounge seating as well as the option to add uplighters, scented candles and the group‘s already popular Ice Breaker Activity Box. A popcorn machine and cookie oven is also available to provide comfort food throughout the day.

This unique offering stems from research Sundial Group carried out recently, revealing that 75% of delegates desire more interactive and multi-sensory spaces for their meetings and events. The group is not alone in noticing the trend for more flexible, creative spaces. Research by IACC (International Association of Conference Centres) has recently revealed that 66% of venue operators anticipate that flexible meeting spaces will become the most important element in venue selection over the next 5 years.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group‘s Managing Director, who has been leading the project, said;

�We‘re really excited about the changes happening at our venues. There has been a real demand for such creative spaces amongst our customers and we hope that YourSpace will provide them with the perfect environment for flexible learning. We want our customers to make our spaces their own.�
Sundial Group AIMs High with New Accreditation
03/07/2017
Sundial Group AIMs High with New Accreditation

Sundial Group has secured the prestigious Accredited in Meetings (AIM) accreditation by the Meetings Industry Association (mia) at its two business hotels, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Warwickshire.

The accreditation is the UK‘s nationally recognised standard for venues and service providers in the meetings and events industry, and the stamp of quality assurance provides customers with a benchmark of the highest standard.

Highgate House and Woodside met a rigorous set of agreed standards in order to achieve the accreditation, adhering to a strict code of practice and demonstrating their excellence in terms of legal compliance, ethical codes of conduct, quality of facilities and customer experience.

Commenting on the accreditation, Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�Achieving AIM accreditation at Highgate House and Woodside reinforces our position as experts in events and demonstrates the high standards and quality service that we adhere to in order to deliver an exceptional customer experience.�

Jane Longhurst, Chief Executive of the Meetings Industry Association said:

�We‘re delighted that Highgate House and Woodside have secured AIM accreditation. It‘s a great testament to their teams as the iconic status demonstrates their commitment to operational excellence and continuous improvement. With so many dedicated conference centres and hotels, sporting and academic venues available for buyers to choose from nationwide, AIM provides buyers a benchmark of the highest standard. It acts as a guarantee to buyers that they‘re choosing a service provider who cares about best practice and actively strives to meet and exceed expectations.�
Learning and Development Professionals Inspired by Sundial Conference
23/05/2017
Learning and Development Professionals Inspired by Sundial Conference

Sundial Group‘s annual Learning and Development Thought Leaders‘ Conference was once again a huge success, with over 90% of attendees saying they would recommend the event.
Over 70 senior learning and development professionals gathered at Highgate House in Northamptonshire on Friday 5th May to network and learn from some inspirational thought leaders working in the industry.
Speakers included Former England Rugby star and Director at Wingman, Rory Underwood, who reflected upon his time playing rugby and experience as an RAF pilot to discuss the dynamics of high performing teams. Performance Psychologist, Glenn Mead, wowed the audience with his session about neuroscience and how our brains work when it comes to multitasking.
Apprenticeships were a hot topic, with Andy Kaye from Bis Henderson Group taking to the stage to talk about the Apprenticeship Levy and Alison Lamplough from Laing-O-Rouke who shared the company‘s successful journey to becoming ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year‘.
Lucy McGibbon from Teamscapes Learning, delivered a fun team building session that got all delegates up on their feet to see how they could work effectively as a team, while Andy Stopps from Maguire Training discussed the power of e-learning and integrating it within the workplace.
This is the second year the group has organised the conference, and delegates were quick to praise the event as ‘thought provoking‘, ‘very informative‘ and ‘enjoyable‘. Hear from attendees and speakers at the 2017 event in the video here.
Sundial Group‘s Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:
�I‘m thrilled that everyone enjoyed the conference this year. It was a fantastic event and we‘d like to thank all of the speakers for making it such an insightful day. It was great to network and meet so many people making a difference in learning and development. We‘ve already had lots of positive feedback and preparations are underway for next year‘s conference.�
If you are interested in attending or speaking at next year‘s event, contact the group at info@sundialgroup.com for more information.
Woodside Kicks Off the Year with Gold for Customer Service
24/04/2017
Woodside in Warwickshire has started the year successfully being awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental for providing excellent customer service.

The accreditation, which is based on customer feedback results from April 2016 to March 2017, is testament to the group‘s ongoing dedication to providing an exceptional service.

BDRC Continental is the UK‘s largest independent market research consultancy, and their VenueVerdict survey featured around 350 venues across the UK and Ireland. Woodside was amongst 53 venues that achieved the Gold Standard.

Jerry Toth, General Manager, said;

"We are delighted that Woodside has achieved the Gold Accreditation for Q1. It is great recognition for our teams and all the more rewarding being based on customer feedback.�
Woodside Chef Named Best Young Conference Hotel Chef in the World
18/04/2017
Mary Palecek, Sous Chef at Woodside in Warwickshire, has been named Young Conference Centre Chef of the Year at a prestigious global cooking competition in America.

Mary scooped the Junior title at the Global Copper Skillet Competition run by IACC in Los Angeles on Tuesday 4th April.

Already UK and European Champion, Mary, aged 25, represented Europe to compete against other IACC champions from the US and Australia Asia Pacific in a timed cook off.

Each chef was presented with basic pantry items along with a ‘mystery basket‘ of proteins and other fresh, dairy and grocery items. They were given 30 minutes to prepare and produce their dishes, before showcasing to a panel of judges.

Mary wowed the judges with her dish of pan fried sirloin steak, sautéed courgette and aubergine, poached sea bass with tomato coriander salsa, heritage carrots and caramelised shallots.

IACC is the world‘s leading association of dedicated conference venues and the popular Copper Skillet Competition is part of its commitment to sustaining the highest global standards of customer service and facilities, highlighting the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC member conference venues around the world.

Speaking about her success, Mary said:

�It was a fantastic experience to represent Europe in such a prestigious competition. I‘m honoured to have won the Global title, and still in shock! This is a real highlight of my career.�
Sundial Group Scoops 5 Awards at the M&IT Industry Awards
07/03/2017
Sundial Group is thrilled to have received 5 awards at the 2017 Meeting and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards, winning more awards than any other venue group shortlisted.

Held on Friday 3rd March at Battersea Evolution in London, the M&IT Awards are recognised as the Oscars of the meetings industry and are voted for entirely by customers.

Family-owned and run, Sundial Group scooped Silver for Best Venue Group Meeting Product, beating prestigious hotel group giants Hilton Worldwide, Marriott Hotels and Radisson Blu in a highly competitive category.

Its Warwickshire based venue, Woodside, was awarded Silver for Best UK Management Training Centre and Silver for Best Value for Money Conference Venue, while Highgate House in Northamptonshire, received Bronze in the same categories.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director said:

"We‘re all delighted to have won so many awards at this year‘s M&IT Awards. Being a family business, the awards are always such fantastic recognition for us, especially given the tough competition of other large hotel groups. This achievement is testament to the teams at our venues who work so hard to provide our customers with a first class service."
Rory Underwood Joins Line-Up for Learning and Development Conference
01/03/2017
Following the huge success of last year‘s event, Sundial Group is proud to present the Learning & Development Thought Leaders‘ Conference 2017.

Held at Highgate House in Northamptonshire, on Friday 5th May, the event will appeal to professionals in Learning and Development and Talent Management, bringing together industry experts for an educational day of interactive speaker sessions, including former England Rugby star, Rory Underwood MBE.

An experienced facilitator, psychometric profiler and performance coach, Rory will be reflecting on his sporting and military career, exploring lessons to help businesses unlock the potential of teams.
A full list of the speaker sessions on the day include:

• Understanding the dynamics within high performance teams - Rory Underwood MBE
• Technology and the modern learner - Andy Stopps, Director of E-learning, Maguire Training
• Laing O‘Rourke‘s journey to becoming ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year‘ - Alison Lamplough, Head of Operational Training & Apprenticeships, Laing O‘Rourke
• Doing things on purpose - Glenn Mead, Performance Psychologist, Face Value Performance Psychology Limited
• Working together as a team - what can we achieve? - Lucy McGibbon, Learning & Development Director, Sundial Teamscapes

Sundial Group‘s Marketing Director, Jo Chudley, said:

�We‘re really excited for this year‘s event. It‘s going to be highly valuable with a fantastic line-up of speakers who collectively will be sharing their vision and theories within learning and development. Last year, 100 % of attendees said they would recommend the event so it‘s certainly one not to miss!�

Registration and breakfast will start from 8.30am, with the event concluding at 4.30pm.

Limited Early Bird tickets are available for £89 + VAT (normally £125 +VAT) and include all sessions, a networking lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To find out more and register for the event click here http://www.sundialgroup.com/reading-room/events/ld-conference-2017
Sundial Group Scoops 8 Nominations at Industry Awards
16/01/2017
Sundial Group is thrilled to have been shortlisted for eight awards at the prestigious 2017 Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards, receiving more nominations than anyone else this year.

The group hopes to retain its title for ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' - an accolade proudly held now for five consecutive years, while the venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Warwickshire are both up for 3 awards - ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue‘, ‘Best UK Management Training Centre‘ and ‘Best Conference and Banqueting Staff‘.

Sundial SOS, the group‘s venue finding agency, has also been nominated for the first time in the ‘Best Intermediary Agency (less than 40)‘ category.

The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry. Recognising and rewarding excellence, the awards are the result of customer voting, in particular event organisers.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director, said:

"I can speak on behalf of everyone at Sundial when I say that we are extremely honoured to have been nominated for so many awards yet again in the M&IT Awards. We'd really like to thank our customers who took the time to vote for us and I personally would also like to thank the teams in our businesses who consistently strive to deliver the best service for which these awards recognise.�

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at Battersea Evolution on Friday 3 March.
Sundial Takes the Gold for Excellent Customer Service
11/10/2016
Sundial Group‘s two meeting venues, Woodside in Warwickshire and Highgate House in Northamptonshire, have once again been recognised for outstanding customer service, being accredited ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard‘ for Q3 by BDRC Continental.

The Gold accreditation, which is based on customer feedback results from October 2015 to September 2016 reflects the venues‘ ongoing commitment to providing exceptional customer service.

Some comments that contributed to the accreditations include:

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 350 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Highgate House and Woodside are amongst 52 venues that achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�It‘s always an honour to receive the prestigious Gold Standard accreditation for our venues. At Sundial, we are extremely passionate about providing the best experience possible for our customers and this accreditation, a direct result of customer feedback, endorses that. I‘m very proud of our teams and would like to congratulate them all.�
Sundial Chef Crowned Best in Europe
30/09/2016
Mary Palecek, Senior Chef de Partie at Woodside in Warwickshire, has been crowned the winner of the 2016 European Copper Skillet Junior Competition, run by IACC.

As current UK Champion, Mary competed against chefs from Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Germany in the European Final which was held in the Netherlands on Saturday 24th September.

The chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a ‘mystery basket‘ of proteins and other fresh, dairy and grocery items. They were given 30 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to the judges.

Mary was awarded 1st place in the Junior category for her dish of pork fillet medallions, sweet potato, sautéed courgette and chorizo, with a tomato and chilli salsa. She will now go on to compete with other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the International Copper Skillet Competition in Los Angeles, April 2017.

The popular Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference venues around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience.

Thrilled with her success, Mary said:

�I‘m incredibly proud to have won the European Copper Skillet Competition, especially considering the tough competition of so many other great chefs. It‘s an honour to hold the European title for the UK and also represent Sundial Group – I‘m already so excited for the International competition next April.�
Research inspires Sundial Group to Get Creative
15/09/2016
A demand for more creative training environments has inspired Sundial to launch a brand new initiative to inspire event organisers to get more out of their meetings.

Results from Sundial‘s Learning and Development Survey in July found that 74 % of participants at training events wanted alternatives to traditional meeting rooms with a desire to hold their meetings in more creative environments and outdoor spaces.

In response to the demand, Sundial has enhanced its meeting packages to include complimentary additions in its meeting rooms with the aim to help maximise productivity.

The group has further developed its ‘Creative Meeting Toolkit‘ to help make meetings more creative and engaging. The toolkit consists of a range of innovative stimuli ideal for use as ice breakers or meeting energisers.

Alongside the toolkit, event hosts are invited to use scented candles to create a sensory atmosphere for their meeting, swap chairs for bean bags and to utilise the venue‘s grounds with walking meetings and outdoor breakout sessions.

Sundial Group‘s Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"As well as enhancing our creative offering, we have fed the views of our guests into our ongoing refurbishment and investment plans. We will be installing new lighting, new furniture and facilities to reflect the desire of today‘s meeting planners and attendees for more flexible, free flowing and relaxed meeting environments.�
Sundial Recognised as Outstanding Employer by Investors in People
25/08/2016
Sundial Group is celebrating after once again being accredited the prestigious Investors in People Standard, reinforcing its strong commitment to its staff.

Based in Northamptonshire, the award-winning hospitality group has held the accreditation for an impressive 17 years, having first achieved it in 1999.

Sundial is amongst 14,000 organisations worldwide that are recognised by Investors in People. The Standard encourages high performance by championing best practice in people management. Successful accreditation is the sign of a great employer who understands that it is the people who make the difference.

John Walden, Investors in People Practitioner, who conducted the assessment, said:

"It was a pleasure and privilege to conduct this assessment. Sundial Group has a strong ethos and culture with regard to learning and development and there is a dedicated workforce who feel valued, appreciated and rewarded for their contribution.�

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group said:

"We are thrilled to retain our Investors in People Standard, having held it consistently now for 17 years. Having the expert accreditation of our people focused culture isn't just important to our clients but I know it also keeps our management processes targeted on what is most important; the engagement and morale of our teams.�
Woodside Strikes Gold for Customer Service Again
15/07/2016
Woodside in Warwickshire has achieved VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q2 by BDRC Continental, the UK's largest independent research consultancy.

The accreditation, which is based on customer feedback results from July 2015 to June 2016, reflects the venue's commitment to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 350 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Woodside is amongst 46 venues that achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�We‘re thrilled to have received the prestigious Gold Standard accreditation for Woodside. This is fantastic recognition for the team, especially because it is due to positive customer feedback. We are committed to providing the best experience for our customers and this accreditation really does endorse that.�
Sundial Chefs Triumph at National Culinary Competition
02/06/2016
Sundial Group chefs have dominated the 2016 UK Copper Skillet Competition for the second year in a row, winning in both the senior and junior categories.

Run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), the Copper Skillet Competition is now in its 13th year and recognises the best chefs from IACC member conference centres around the world.

Three Sundial chefs; Rob Budd (Head Chef at Barnett Hill), Mary Palecek (Senior Chef de Partie at Woodside) and Lee Gaskins (Head Chef at Highgate House) were amongst 21 chefs taking part in the cook off competition, held at The Lensbury on Thursday 26th May.

Rob Budd, was awarded 1st place in the senior category for his dish of pan-fried beef tenderloin with monkfish medallions, cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, samphire and a red wine sauce. Mary Palecek was crowned the winner of the junior category for her surf ‘n turf dish of sautéed beef fillet and king prawns on a bed of spinach and vegetable ribbons with a salsa verde.

Meanwhile, Lee Gaskins scooped 2nd place in the senior category for his dish of pan-fried peppered medallions of beef, pancetta sautéed potatoes, crispy prawns, endive and asparagus, and red wine reduction.

This is the fifth time a Sundial chef has won the senior competition that began in 2004. Furthermore, a junior Sundial chef has won every year since the Junior Chef category was introduced in 2014.

Rob and Mary will now go on to compete in the IACC Europe final to be held in the Netherlands in September.
Woodside Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 6th Year Running
27/05/2016
Woodside has earned a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an accolade received now for six consecutive years.

Celebrating excellence in hospitality, the Certificate of Excellence is awarded to businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor in the past year, and is only given to establishments that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

Some of the comments that contributed to the Certificate of Excellence for Woodside include:

�Wow - where do I start? The hotel itself is in a great location. The rooms are fantastic - very clean and spacious. What is the best thing about this hotel? The staff! They were very welcoming and friendly and gave very good service overall.�

�The venue has wonderful grounds, comfortable bedrooms, an excellent restaurant, but above all, a staff team who do absolutely everything in their power to accommodate guests' needs.�

�I can safely say that ALL staff at Woodside were excellent in their going above and beyond what their customers, us, wanted. I cannot praise them enough.�

Jerry Toth, General Manager at Woodside, said:

"It‘s a great honour to receive the Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year in a row. This accolade is testament to the hard work of our team who are committed to providing outstanding customer service and quality.�
Sundial Venues Awarded Platinum and Gold for Sustainability
29/04/2016
Sundial Group‘s three meeting venues have achieved Green Star Certifications for 2016 from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) as a result of their commitment to sustainability.

Highgate House in Northamptonshire is one of three venues internationally that has received Platinum status while Woodside in Warwickshire, and Barnett Hill in Surrey have received Gold.
IACC has a rigorous Code of Sustainability which includes 60 tenets in areas including waste management, recycling, purchasing, energy management and food and beverage. Venues that achieve 100% of the Code qualify for Platinum and those that achieve 85% qualify for Gold.

The highly rated certifications are testament to Sundial‘s ongoing dedication to protecting the environment, embarking on many sustainability initiatives including extensive recycling, reducing food waste and having honeybees on-site.
By signing the Code of Sustainability, Sundial venues have agreed to support IACC‘s Environmental Policy, to adopt the tenets of the code, and join other members of the association to continually strive for greater sustainability.

Sundial‘s Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�This international standard has helped us to develop and measure our commitment to sustainability, minimising our impact on the environment and growing our commitment to responsible business and our local communities. We know this matters to our people and our customers because it demonstrates how much we care as an owner managed, values driven business.�
Woodside Achieves Gold Standard for Customer Service
14/04/2016
Woodside has received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q1 by BDRC Continental, the UK's largest independent research consultancy.

The accreditation, which is based on customer feedback results from April 2015 to March 2016, is testament to the venue's ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 375 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Woodside is amongst 45 venues that have achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�It‘s fantastic news to have received the prestigious Gold Standard accreditation for Woodside, and extremely rewarding considering that it is based on customer feedback. This is fantastic recognition for everyone at the venue, who always strive to make sure every guest has a positive customer experience.�
Sundial to Host Learning and Development Conference
06/04/2016
This spring, Sundial Group is proud to present the Learning & Development Thought Leaders‘ Conference 2016.

Held at the group‘s Northamptonshire based conference venue, Highgate House, on Friday 20th May, the event will appeal to professionals in L&D and Talent Management, bringing together industry experts for an educational day of interactive speaker sessions with subjects ranging from mind management and leadership to insights into creating award-winning learning programmes.

The event will feature six speakers, including Glenn Mead, Director at Chimp Management, the company behind the number 1 best-selling book ‘The Chimp Paradox‘ and Rob Davidson, Managing Director at MICE Knowledge and IBTM World Industry Analyst.

The conference will also provide the opportunity to network with like-minded specialists in the L&D field.

Sundial Group‘s Marketing Director, Jo Chudley, said:

�This really is an exciting conference, bringing together a fantastic line-up of L&D thought leaders who collectively will be sharing their vision and theories on developments within the L&D arena. We‘re very much looking forward to putting on a great event.�

Registration and breakfast will start from 8.30am, with the event concluding at 4.30pm.

Places cost £115 +VAT and include all sessions, plus a �brain breakfast�, healthy networking lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Sundial Group Crowned Best Venue Group for the 6th Time
01/03/2016
Sundial Group is thrilled to have retained its title for Best Venue Group Meeting Product at the 2016 Meeting and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards, held on Friday 26th February. This is the sixth time the group has been awarded the title in the past seven years.

Family-owned and run, Sundial Group scooped Gold for Best Venue Group Meeting Product, beating off prestigious hotel group giants including Hilton Worldwide, Marriott Hotels, Radisson Blu, De Vere Venues and Q Hotels, in a highly competitive category.

The group's Warwickshire based venue, Woodside, was the star of the night, receiving more awards than any other venue shortlisted; Gold for Best UK Management Training Centre, Gold for Best Value for Money Conference Venue and Silver for Best Conference and Banqueting Staff.

Sundial's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, was also personally recognised for his outstanding contribution to the UK industry, being awarded Industry Personality of the Year.

The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena. With the awards decided entirely on thousands of customer votes, the result reflects how highly regarded Sundial are within the conference industry.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director. said:

"We are extremely honoured to have been voted the number one meetings group for the sixth time. We are especially proud given the tough competition of five other prestigious hotel groups and would really like to thank our customers for taking the time to vote for us. These awards really are testament to all the teams at our venues who work so hard to provide a first class service, I am immensely proud of them all."
Sundial Venues Achieve Gold for Customer Service
02/02/2016
Sundial Venues Achieve Gold for Customer Service

Sundial Group‘s two meeting venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Warwickshire have both been awarded ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental for delivering consistently exceptional customer service in 2015.

BDRC Continental is the UK‘s largest market research consultancy, and their VenueVerdict survey featured around 375 meeting venues and hotels across the UK and Ireland.

This is the second year running that Highgate House and Woodside have achieved the Gold Standard Accreditation, while the group‘s Surrey based venue, Barnett Hill, has achieved the Highly Commended Accreditation.

Based on customer feedback, these accreditations are testament to Sundial Group‘s continued dedication to providing exceptional customer service at its three meeting venues.

Some of the comments which contributed to the accreditations include:

�Your customer care is always exemplary.�

�The team are so friendly and helpful - all our guests comment on it, and it makes our time there so much more enjoyable.�

�All your staff are a credit to your company.�

�Very efficient/very friendly - smiley faces everywhere!�

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group, said;

�We are delighted that Highgate House and Woodside have achieved Gold once again and that Barnett Hill has been Highly Commended. The accreditations are fantastic recognition for all of our teams, and it makes them all the more rewarding given that they are the result of customer feedback.�
Sundial Group Reports a 20% Swing from Day Meetings to Residential
21/01/2016
Sundial Group has reported a reversal of previous booking patterns, with a 20% swing in bookings from day events to longer residential meetings. This is in stark contrast to an eight year trend of increasing demand for day meetings.

Comparative booking patterns between 2015 and 2016 at Sundial‘s three venues; Highgate House, Barnett Hill and Woodside, indicate that meeting planners are moving back to holding extended events, often adding private dining and team building, to enhance their meeting experiences.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group believes that meeting planners aren‘t just looking for longer meetings; they‘re looking for more meaningful ones and environment matters now more than ever. Chudley said:

�Taking delegates away from the city and from the distractions of the workplace into more natural settings is often the first step in generating receptive thought and creativity and helps to deliver longer-lasting, more impactful results. Whilst some elements of day meetings can be replaced by technology the real value of face to face comes from a more immersive experience. It‘s great to see this on the increase.�
Sundial Group Sweeps the Board with 7 Nominations for M&IT Awards
12/01/2016
Sundial Group is thrilled to have been shortlisted for seven awards at the prestigious 2016 Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards, receiving more nominations than anyone else this year.

Nominations gained are for:

‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' for Sundial Group.
‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' for Highgate House, Woodside and Barnett Hill.
‘Best UK Management Training Centre' for Highgate House and Woodside.
‘Best Conference and Banqueting Staff' for Woodside.
The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry. Recognising and rewarding excellence, the awards are the result of customer voting, in particular event organisers.

Sundial Group currently holds the title for Best Venue Group Meeting Product, an accolade that has been held by the group five times in the last six years.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director, said:

"We are incredibly proud to have received so many nominations yet again in the M&IT Awards shortlist. Gaining such recognition demonstrates how highly Sundial venues are regarded amongst UK meeting planners and we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us.�

The winners will be announced at the glamorous awards ceremony held on Friday 26th February at Battersea Evolution in London.
Sundial Group Shortlisted for Family Business of the Year 2016
11/01/2016
Sundial Group Shortlisted for Family Business of the Year 2016

Sundial Group has been shortlisted for the Midlands Family Business of the Year Award 2016.

Organised by Family Business United, the awards, now in their fourth year, recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.

The Sundial story began back in 1964 when Diana and Michael Chudley bought Highgate House in Northamptonshire and transformed it into a home for their nine children, whilst also running it as a guest house. It went on to become one of the first country house conference centres of its kind in the UK and the family later acquired two additional county venues; Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey.

Along with three dedicated meeting venues, Sundial Group has grown over the last 50 years to include a team building company and a venue finding agency. Today, it continues to be run by members of the Chudley family and is award-winning in customer service, value for money, food and industry leadership.

Sundial is amongst 11 finalists in the Midlands category and results will be determined through a combination of a judging panel and an online vote for the People‘s Choice Award, determined solely by the public. To vote for Sundial Group, visit http://www.familybusinessunited.com/resources/family-business-of-the-year-regions/midlands-and-east-anglia/

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group, said:

�Our family values are at the heart of everything we do here at Sundial Group, so we‘re thrilled to be shortlisted for the Family Business Awards. It is fantastic recognition for us, especially as it acknowledges the support from all of our family members and shareholders over the years. Now that we‘ve been shortlisted, we‘d be really grateful if everyone could take the time to vote for us.�

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United, said:

"We are delighted to be able to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do."

The winners will be crowned during an awards ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in London on June 2nd.
Sundial Venues Achieve High Sustainability Rating
02/12/2015
During a week when Climate Change has very much been on the public agenda with the COP 21 summit in Paris, Sundial Group is delighted to have achieved a high sustainability rating by CDP, an independent organisation which helps companies measure their environmental impact.

For a company such as Sundial Group, which runs conferences and events in country house venues, the issue of climate change and energy efficiency has always been a particular challenge. Notably, because its venues are historic buildings which date back to a time long before the term ‘carbon footprint‘ was coined. Sundial‘s challenge is to retro-fit low carbon facilities and services into their buildings whilst retaining and preserving their heritage.

CDP‘s assessment was two-fold. It first scored Sundial Group based on the quality and completeness of its response, of which it achieved 94% (vs a CPD SME average score of 60%).

By achieving over 50% in levels of response, Sundial qualified for CPD to go on and assess and rank them in a performance band. Out of a range of scores from A-E, Sundial ranked B (vs an average SME ranking of D).

The positive assessment gave Sundial a firm indication of its sustainability performance and also helped to provide greater focus on climate change for the business. Tim Chudley, Sundial Group‘s Managing Director, said:

�The exercise of completing the CDP report was in itself a valuable process of analysis and review and has already provided us with a number of takeaways to help us improve our position on climate change further. I would encourage other companies to do the same. I‘m told that as first year submissions these scores are pretty good but we will not be resting on our laurels, there is still lots to do.�
Sundial Group Announced as Living Wage Champion
02/11/2015
Sundial Group has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Employer Champion Award 2015 for the East Midlands region.

Part of Living Wage Week 2015 (1st-7th November), the awards are organised by the Living Wage Foundation and celebrate employers and individuals that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing the life changing importance of the Living Wage.

The award-winning hospitality group, which owns three conference venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, has been recognised for championing the Living Wage within the hospitality sector.

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‘s Surrey based venue, Barnett Hill, became the first accredited hotel and conference centre in the UK to pay the Living Wage earlier in March. Its Northamptonshire based team building company, Teamscapes, and venue finding agency, Sundial SOS, also became accredited. Furthermore, the group is committed to the accreditation for its other venues in the next two years.

As much as 70 per cent of London-based employees in the hospitality industry are paid below the living wage, while the UK-wide figure is 65 per cent. Tim Chudley remains at the forefront of this movement to help raise awareness and encourage further take up of better pay within the hospitality industry.

Living Wage Foundation Acting Director, Sarah Vero, said:

�Congratulations to Sundial Group and to Tim Chudley on becoming Living Wage Champion Award winners. With 2,000 employers now signed up, it is wonderful to have Sundial leading the way in the East Midlands. The leadership of responsible employers is making a profound difference in the lives of families and communities across the UK. Thank you very much for celebrating the Living Wage.�

Commenting on the awards, Tim Chudley said:

�On behalf of Sundial Group, I am absolutely thrilled to receive these awards as a representative of the hospitality industry. I think the hospitality sector has been dragging its heels about paying their frontline people as professionals and people that really drive the customer journey and satisfaction. I think it‘s time that everyone in hotels and hospitality started paying their people properly.�
Gold Customer Service Continues for Sundial Venues
12/10/2015
Gold Customer Service Continues for Sundial Venues

Sundial Group's three meeting venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, have all received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q3 by BDRC Continental, the UK's largest independent research consultancy.

The accreditation, which is based on customer feedback results from October 2014 to September 2015, is testament to the venues' ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 380 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Highgate House, Woodside and Barnett Hill are amongst 29 venues that have achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�A third quarter of straight gold across the Sundial properties is a resounding endorsement of the customer centric culture of our teams. This feedback highlights our reputation for service excellence in the eyes of our customers.�
Sundial Group Returns to the World of Learning with Iconic Chudbus
17/09/2015
Sundial Group is excited to be returning to the World of Learning 2015 this September with its iconic double decker 'Chudbus'.

On Tuesday 29th September and Wednesday 30th September, the red routemaster will be on stand J100 and will be home to the ‘Sensory Zone‘ where visitors can climb aboard to learn about the group‘s team building company Teamscapes.

The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, held at Birmingham NEC, is the essential two-day event for all learning and development professionals and is the perfect opportunity to be inspired by the industry's leading thinkers and practitioners.

Throughout the conference and exhibition, Teamscapes, will be running live interactive team building sessions on the Chudbus, which will be available to everyone. Participants will be able to try the activities and experience this unique approach to team building that guarantees a return on investment.

During the event, Teamscapes will be running a competition to win a team development day for 12 people at a Sundial Venue, worth £1500. The free prize draw offers the chance to win a fully-facilitated half-day Teamscapes event for up to 12 people (minimum 5 people) at Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire or Barnett Hill in Surrey. The prize will also include use of a fully functional meeting room and complimentary lunch.

As part of the Platinum Conference package, Teamscapes have also been selected to run an exclusive team building workshop at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. On Tuesday 29th September at 7.30pm, Teamscapes will be demonstrating their brand new ‘Caribbean Steel Drums‘ activity for platinum delegates. The steel drums are a fun, creative and inspiring activity that require participants to recognise each other's different parts to play, and how collectively they can produce harmony and understanding.
Sundial Venues Achieve 4 Star Ratings from VisitEngland for Third Consecutive Year
19/08/2015
Sundial Venues Achieve 4 Star Ratings from VisitEngland for Third Consecutive Year

Sundial Group's two country house venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, have both achieved a 4 Star rating by Visit England's Quality in Tourism for the standard of guest accommodation.

This is the third consecutive year that both venues have retained the 4 Star rating.

Visit England's ‘Quality in Tourism assessment' is used to provide consumers with guidance on the quality of accommodation across the UK, including facilities and services to make potential guests aware of what they can expect before they make a booking.

The assessment looked at all aspects of the visitor experience, from rooms and facilities to customer service and food, and also focused on the recent changes made to our venues as part of a major refurbishment programme launched last year.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�We're incredibly proud to have retained our 4 stars by Visit England under their Quality in Tourism scheme. The accolade reflects our commitment to providing an excellent guest experience and is also testament to the hard work of our teams at Highgate House and Barnett Hill."
Sundial Group Launches ‘Risk-Free Guarantee‘
10/08/2015
Sundial Group has launched a Risk-Free Guarantee for all conference and event bookings at its three country house venues.

The award-winning hospitality group that owns Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, invites all new customers to book with confidence, safe in the knowledge that they will receive first class service across the board.

In the unlikely event that the service they receive at their chosen venue does not meet their expectations, Sundial guarantees to refund 100% of their booking costs.

Director of Sales, Mia Butler said:

�Choosing a meeting venue for the first time can be a very daunting experience. As experts in events, we promise an exceptional service and want to give all our prospective customers the peace of mind in knowing they will get the best from us and that we are a totally risk-free choice.�
Sundial Chefs Gear Up for Prestigious Copper Skillet Competition
28/07/2015
Six chefs from Sundial Group are preparing for the UK heats of the IACC Copper Skillet Competition this Friday 31st July, held at Marble Arch in London.

Mitchell Leech, Sous Chef at Woodside in Warwickshire, Rob Budd, Head Chef at Barnett Hill in Surrey and Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at Highgate House in Northamptonshire will compete amongst 12 chefs in the senior competition, while Scott Cawse, Sous Chef at Barnett Hill, Josh Simpson, Chef de Partie at Woodside and Leighanne Harrison, Chef de Partie at Highgate House, will compete in the junior competition amongst 8 chefs.

Organised by the International Association of Conference Centres, the popular Copper Skillet Competition highlights the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC member conference centres around the world.

The Senior and Junior champions from the UK heats will go on to compete in the European semi-final held in Milan on 3rd October 2015.

Commenting ahead of the UK heats, Sundial Group‘s Executive Chef, Jerry Toth, said:

�It‘s very exciting to have so many of our talented chefs in this prestigious competition. Our Head Chef at Woodside, Iain Miller, is currently the UK senior champion and Mitchell Leech is the current junior champion so it would be great if Sundial Group can continue to fly the UK flag for another year running.�
Woodside Strikes Gold Once Again
13/07/2015
Sundial Group's Warwickshire based hotel and conference centre, Woodside, has received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q2 by BDRC Continental, the UK's largest independent research consultancy.

The accreditation, based on customer feedback results from July 2014 to June 2015, is testament to the venue's ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 360 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Woodside is amongst 32 venues that have achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"Retaining 100% Gold Standard at Woodside is wonderful recognition of the focus that Sundial people give to providing the perfect environment for our clients and their meetings. This feedback and benchmarking lies at the heart of our service excellence strategy."
500,000 Honeybees Check In at Sundial Group
15/06/2015
Sundial Group is buzzing with excitement after installing bee hives at each of its three meeting venues.

Over 150,000 honeybees have each arrived at Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, taking up residence in three specially constructed hives within the grounds.

The hives, managed by bio-diversity champions Plan Bee, are part of the group‘s ongoing commitment to sustainability and caring for the environment, whilst helping to reverse the decline in bee population. Deemed as the ‘world‘s hardest workers‘, the bees also reflect Sundial‘s values and dedication to its customers.

They will be accompanied by bee-keeping lessons and ongoing support, allowing everyone at Sundial the opportunity to become actively involved with the everyday life of the bees. Each venue will also receive its very own honey produced on-site by the Sundial bees which will be made available to customers.

Bees are tireless pollinators of trees, plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits. Not only are they essential to the health of our eco-system; they are vital to the world‘s agricultural economy. 90% of food worldwide is provided by just 100 crop species. 71 of these are dependent on honey bees, so the serious decline in bees in the UK is a threat to future food supplies.

Sundial‘s Group‘s Managing Director, Tim Chudley, put on his bee suit to welcome the new arrivals:

�The hospitality sector is an extremely competitive one, with customers seeking excellence in both service and products. Customers now expect providers to be both ethical and sustainable. Supporting the declining bee population is our way of putting something into the environment, and making use of our extensive grounds. An added bonus for our customers is that they will benefit from enjoying the highest quality honey, made in partnership with Sundial.

Having already chosen BeeKind as our toiletry products of choice across all three of our venues, installing our own bee hives was the next logical step for us. Bees really resonate with Sundial and our hard-working ethos – like us, they get results!�
Woodside Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
21/05/2015
Warwickshire based hotel and conference centre, Woodside has been recognised as a Trip Advisor Hall of Fame winner, after achieving a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

The accolade aims to celebrate excellence in hospitality and is only given to establishments that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

Some of the comments that contributed to the Certificate of Excellence include:

�The staff go out of their way to make sure your stay is enjoyable, we have visited on a number of occasions and never seen anyone without a smile and helpful. The overall feel of the hotel is one of warmth.�

�From the get go on booking to arriving at the hotel we found the staff extremely helpful, efficient and pleasant. During our stay we found they went above and beyond in every way.�

�The staff are possibly the friendliest that I have come across at a hotel! From the reception, to the cleaners and all between, they look after your every need.�

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"We are very proud to receive the Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year in a row. The award is testament to the dedication of our team at Woodside who always strive to deliver an excellent customer experience. We‘d like to thank all of our customers for taking the time to comment so positively on their stay."
Sundial Group Gets Creative with the Launch of Meeting Toolkit
08/05/2015
Sundial Group is delighted to launch the ‘Innovative Meeting Toolkit‘ across its three meeting venues.

Designed to help make meetings more creative and engaging, the toolkit consists of a range of innovative stimuli that can be used as ice breakers or meeting energisers, to maximise meeting productivity at Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey.

Following a huge demand for the use of pipe cleaners, which Sundial introduced as meeting stimulus last year, the toolkit will provide meeting hosts and trainers with a greater range of fun activities, all of which will be provided as a complimentary part of their meeting package.

Mia Butler, Director of Sales at Sundial Group, said:

�Our customers are requiring more from their meetings than ever. They‘re no longer looking to venues to just host their meetings, they want to be engaged and inspired. Our innovative toolkit has been designed to provide that inspiration, with plenty of ideas to help make even the most functional meeting creative and interactive. Our meeting rooms are no longer just professional work spaces, they‘re unique learning and development environments!�

Sundial‘s Innovative Meeting Toolkits are now available for complimentary use in all meeting rooms at the three Sundial venues.
Sundial Venues Strike Gold for Customer Service
13/04/2015
Sundial Group's three meeting venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, have all received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q1 by BDRC Continental, the UK's largest independent research consultancy.

The accreditation, based on customer feedback results from April 2014 to March 2015, is testament to the venues' ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 375 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Highgate House, Woodside and Barnett Hill are amongst 36 venues that have achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"Once again, we are delighted to have received the prestigious Gold Standard accreditation for all Sundial venues. This accreditation is always very rewarding as it is the result of feedback from our customers. It also reflects the commitment of everyone at our venues who always strive to make sure every guest has a positive customer experience."
Woodside Strikes Gold for Customer Service
10/04/2015
Sundial Group's Warwickshire based hotel and conference venue, Woodside, has received ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q1 by BDRC Continental, the UK's largest independent research consultancy.

The accreditation, based on customer feedback results from April 2014 to March 2015, is testament to the venue‘s ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 375 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Woodside is amongst 36 venues that have achieved the Gold Standard accreditation.

Some of the customer comments that contributed to the accreditation include:

�Words cannot do the staff justice -they were amazing.�

�Superb. We had a complex day and the staff were fantastic.�

�Everyone at Woodside is unfailingly helpful and pleasant - as a fairly regular user I appreciate the continuity of customer care.�

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"Once again, we are delighted to have received the prestigious Gold Standard accreditation at Woodside. This accreditation is always very rewarding as it is the result of feedback from our customers. It also reflects the commitment of the staff, who always strive to make sure every guest has a positive customer experience."
Sundial Group Retains Title for Best Venue Group Meeting Product
05/03/2015
Sundial Group is celebrating after retaining its title for Best Venue Group Meeting Product at the 2015 Meeting and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards on 3rd March. This is the fifth time the group has received this accolade in the past six years.

Family-owned and run, Sundial Group scooped 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 a highly competitive category.

The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry. With the awards decided entirely on thousands of customer votes, the result demonstrates how highly regarded Sundial are within the conference industry.

The group‘s Warwickshire based venue, Woodside, also received Gold for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' and Highgate House received Silver in the same category.

The gala presentation dinner, held at Battersea Evolution in London, is the biggest night of the year for the meetings industry, and was attended by more than 1,000 industry professionals.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director said:

"Once again we are absolutely thrilled to have been voted the number one meetings group by our customers. This is the fifth time we‘ve received the award in the past six years, which makes us exceptionally proud, especially given the tough competition of four prestigious hotel groups. The award is a true endorsement of customer satisfaction so now our customers can have greater confidence than ever when choosing us.�
Sundial Chef Scoops 2nd Place at European Copper Skillet Competition
04/03/2015
Mitchell Leech, Senior Chef de Partie at Sundial Group‘s Warwickshire venue, Woodside, has scooped 2nd place at the 2015 European Copper Skillet Junior Competition, run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).

As UK Copper Skillet Champion, Leech earned his place in the European Finals held at The Comwell Conference Centre in Denmark on Wednesday 25th February.



Competing against chefs from France, Denmark and Sweden, he took part in the ‘cook off‘ final where each chef was given 30 minutes to prepare a dish from a mystery basket of proteins, dairy and grocery items.



Leech was awarded 2nd place in the junior heat for his dish which was marinated supreme of chicken served with a wild mushroom, bacon and baby spinach risotto, finished with chargrilled asparagus.



The popular Copper Skillet Competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC member conference centres around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference centre experience.



Sundial Group‘s Operations Director and General Manager at Woodside, Jerry Toth, who accompanied Leech on the trip to Copenhagen, said:



�I am extremely proud of Mitchell for his success in the UK Copper Skillet Competition and for being awarded second place in the tough European final. It‘s fantastic to fly the flag for the UK and for Sundial Group.�
Sundial Group Launches ‘Reading Room‘ as New Website Goes Live
26/02/2015
Sundial Group is delighted to announce the launch of its new website www.sundialgroup.com, featuring ‘The Reading Room‘ – a brand new resource that provides the latest event industry news, views and opinions.

The new website, which showcases the group‘s three award-winning meeting venues and services, boasts a fresh new look and feel, and has been designed to enhance user experience, both on web and mobile.

With 40% of users accessing the Sundial Group website via a mobile or tablet, the revamped website has been optimised for all screens, making it easier to search, book and interact using any device.

The Reading Room is an exciting feature of the new site. It allows customers to stay up to date with news and insight in the meetings industry and access useful tips, articles and whitepapers.

Speaking about the new website, Marketing Director, Jo Chudley, said:

�We are very excited to launch the new website. Digital is constantly evolving and we felt that it was the perfect time to improve our site so users can get the most out of it no matter what device they are using. We‘re particularly excited about the Reading Room where we‘ll be publishing valuable content from experts within our industry. We hope our customers will find it useful. �
Woodside Chefs Dominate UK Copper Skillet Competition
20/01/2015
Sundial Group‘s Warwickshire based venue, Woodside, is celebrating after its chef‘s scooped first and second place at the 2014 UK Copper Skillet Competition, run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).

Iain Miller, Head Chef at Woodside in Kenilworth, was awarded 1st place, while Mitchell Leech, Senior Chef de Partie, scooped 2nd place and was also declared junior category champion. Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at Sundial Group‘s Northamptonshire based venue, Highgate House, also received 3rd place, making it a clean sweep for the hospitality group.

On Thursday 8th January, the three chefs battled it out in a ‘cook off' at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire to become IACC's UK Champion. They were each given 30 minutes to produce a single dish from a mystery basket of proteins, dairy and grocery items.

Iain‘s winning dish consisted of tenderloin of pork wrapped in spinach and smoked pancetta, wet polenta, charred broccoli and Suffolk cider jus.

This is the 4th time a Sundial chef has won the competition and the 2nd time Iain Miller has scooped the UK title, having previously won the competition in 2013.

The popular Copper Skillet Competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC member conference centres around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference centre experience.

Commenting on his achievement, IACC‘s UK Champion, Iain Miller, said:

�Winning the IACC UK copper skillet title is an achievement I am extremely proud of, especially as I am the first chef to have held the title twice now. What makes me even prouder this year is that my Chef de Partie, Mitch was also awarded second place and the event for us was topped off perfectly when Lee Gaskins was awarded 3rd place – a clean sweep for sundial chefs!�

Iain and Mitchell will now go on to represent the UK at the European heats in Copenhagen next month. The winners from the European competition will then go on to represent the UK at IACC's prestigious Global Copper Skillet competition in Florida at the end of April.
Woodside Awarded ‘Gold Standard‘ Accreditation by BDRC Continental
16/01/2015
Sundial Group's Warwickshire venue, Woodside, has been awarded ‘VenueVerdict‘s Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental (one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector) for 2014.

The latest accreditation, based on customer feedback, is testament to the venue's continued dedication to providing exceptional customer service in 2014.

Some of the comments which contributed to the accreditation include:

‘Staff are all very attentive and nothing is too much trouble.‘

‘Woodside is our venue of choice!‘

‘Words cannot do the staff justice -they were amazing.‘

‘We love the food and will be back for more.‘

Woodside's General Manager, Jerry Toth, said;

"We are delighted that Woodside has achieved Gold Standard again. Given that the accreditation is the result of the feedback our customers give us, we would like to thank all those who took the time to leave positive comments about their experience with us.�
Sundial Group Nominated for 6 Industry Awards
14/01/2015
Sundial Group Nominated for 6 Industry Awards

Sundial Group is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for six awards at the prestigious 2015 Meetings and Incentive Travel Industry Awards (M&IT).

Nominations gained are for:

· ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' for Sundial Group.

· ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' for Highgate House and Woodside.

· ‘Best UK Management Training Centre' for Highgate House and Woodside.

· ‘Best Conference and Banqueting Staff' for Woodside.

The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry. Recognising and rewarding excellence, the awards are the result of customer voting, in particular event organisers. Votes are audited and verified by the independent Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Sundial Group currently holds the title for Best Venue Group Meeting Product, an accolade that has been held by the group for the fourth time in the past five years.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director, said:

�This is another fantastic year for us in the M&IT Awards shortlist. The nominations demonstrate how highly Sundial venues are regarded amongst UK meeting planners and we'd like to thank everyone who voted for us. It would also be fantastic to retain our title for Best Venue Group Meeting Product for the third year running.�

The results will be announced at the glamorous black-tie awards ceremony held on Tuesday 3rd March at Battersea Evolution in London and is expected to be attended by over 1000 industry professionals.

Sundial Group Awarded for Service Excellence at Family Business Awards
20/11/2014
Northamptonshire based business, Sundial Group, has been Highly Commended for Service Excellence at the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards.

The awards, which took place on Thursday 13th November at Nottingham Trent University, are organised by The Wilson Organisation and showcase the achievements of the region‘s best run family businesses and their leaders.

Annabel Prow, CEO of The Wilson Organisation, said:

�Family businesses are the bedrock of the UK and global economies, generating over £1 trillion each year in UK revenues and providing more than nine million jobs in the UK. The Midlands is home to almost half-a-million family businesses, and all entries this year demonstrate the exceptional pedigree of the region‘s family businesses.�

With 50 years experience in the hospitality industry, Sundial Group is owned and managed by the Chudley family. Being Highly Commended in the Service Excellence category reflects the group‘s long-standing reputation for excellent hospitality and the family‘s ongoing commitment to providing a first class service at its three venues in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Surrey.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group, said:

�We are really thrilled to receive this award for service excellence as it is at the very heart of everything we do. Rubbing shoulders with other award-winning entrepreneurs on the night was a great reminder of how much energy and passion exists in family businesses. Because customer service excellence is a massive strength of owner managed businesses, the competition for this award was intense.�
Sundial Venues Achieve Gold Standard for Q3 by BDRC Continental
09/10/2014
Sundial Group's three country house meeting venues; Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey, have all achieved ‘VenueVerdict's Gold Standard Accreditation' for Q3 by BDRC Continental, one of the UK‘s largest independent market research consultancies.

The accreditation, based on customer feedback results from October 2013 to September 2014, is testament to the venues' ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

BDRC Continental obtained feedback from around 370 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland. Highgate House, Woodside and Barnett Hill were part of 30 venues that achieved or retained the VenueVerdict Gold Standard accreditation.

Some of the comments which contributed to the accreditation included:

�Words cannot do the staff justice - they were amazing.�

�Everything was excellent. I will continue to use the Sundial venues as often as possible and will continue to recommend to others.�

�There aren't many venues I've held events in where I can say everyone was this helpful - the staff just went above and beyond for everything.�

�Your staff are your biggest asset, always so friendly and helpful.�

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

"We are thrilled to receive the BDRC Continental Gold Standard Accreditation for the third quarter of this year. It is great recognition for everyone at Sundial Venues and it is all the more rewarding given that this is the result of consistent excellent customer feedback.�
Sundial Teamscapes to Deliver Seminar at the World of Learning 2014
23/09/2014
Sundial Group‘s team building company, Teamscapes, will be delivering a seminar on ‘The Power of Experiential Learning‘ at this year‘s World of Learning Conference and Exhibition.

Held at Birmingham NEC on Tuesday 30th September and Wednesday 1st October, this is the essential two-day event for all learning and development professionals and is the perfect opportunity to be inspired by the industry's leading thinkers and practitioners.

Sundial Teamscapes‘ Learning and Development Director, Lucy McGibbon, will deliver ‘The Power of Experiential Learning‘ at 12.15pm in the seminar theatre on Tuesday 30th September.

It will include an interactive demonstration of how 'learning by doing' can engage people of all ages and abilities, becoming a powerful medium for memorable learning that can easily be transferred back to the workplace to improve a team's effectiveness.

During the conference and exhibition, Teamscapes will be on stand J100 along with the iconic double decker Sundial Group 'Chudbus' which will be home to the Sensory Zone. Live interactive team building demonstrations will also take place, where participants will be able to try the activities and experience this unique approach to team building that guarantees a return on investment.

Learning and Development Director, Lucy McGibbon, said:

�If you‘re looking to inspire your team, improve communication and lift morale, then I really recommend you come to this seminar. Teamscapes is just what you are looking for. Come and find out more!�
Sundial Group to Take Famous Chudbus to the World of Learning 2014
03/09/2014
Sundial Group is excited to announce it will be bringing its iconic double decker 'Chudbus' to the World of Learning 2014. The bus will be on stand J100 and will be home to our Sensory Zone where visitors can climb aboard to learn about our powerful approach to team building.

The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, held at Birmingham NEC on Tuesday 30th September and Wednesday 1st October, is the essential two-day event for all learning and development professionals and is the perfect opportunity to be inspired by the industry's leading thinkers and practitioners.

Throughout the conference and exhibition, Sundial Group‘s team building company, Teamscapes, will be running live interactive team building demonstrations, available to everyone. Participants will be able to try our activities and experience our unique approach to team building that guarantees a return on investment.

During the event, we will be running a competition to win a team development day for 12 people at a Sundial Venue, worth £1500. Our free prize draw offers the chance to win a fully-facilitated half-day Teamscapes event for up to 12 people (minimum 5 people) at Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire or Barnett Hill in Surrey. The prize will also include use of a fully functional meeting room and complimentary lunch in the venue‘s restaurant.

Sundial Group‘s Learning and Development Director, Lucy McGibbon, will be delivering a seminar on ‘The Power of Experiential Learning‘ at 12.15pm on Tuesday 30th September. This seminar will include an interactive demonstration of how 'learning by doing' can engage people of all ages and abilities, becoming a powerful medium for memorable learning that can easily be transferred back to the workplace to improve a team's effectiveness.

As part of the Platinum Conference package, Teamscapes have been selected to run a fun cocktail making workshop. Platinum Delegates are all invited to take part in the Cocktail Challenge, taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th September at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel. This is a great opportunity to mix with other delegates in a fun, relaxed environment, and should provide you with inspiration for team building to take back to your own workplace.
Sundial Group Shortlisted for Family Business Award
28/08/2014
Sundial Group Shortlisted for Family Business Award

Sundial Group is thrilled to announce it has been shortlisted for a Service Excellence award at the Midlands Family Business Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Midlands Family Business Awards is a charitable initiative organised by The Wilson Organisation and showcases the achievements of family businesses and their leaders, giving the region‘s best run family businesses the chance to shine.

The Sundial story began back in 1964 when Diana and Michael Chudley bought Highgate House in Northamptonshire and transformed it into a home for their nine children, whilst also running it as a guest house. It went on to become one of the first country house conference centres of its kind in the UK and the family later acquired two additional county venues; Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey.

Along with three dedicated meeting venues, Sundial Group has grown over the last 50 years to include a team building company and a venue finding agency. Today, it continues to be run by members of the Chudley family and has won numerous awards for customer service, value for money, facilities, food and industry leadership.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 13th November 2014 at Nottingham Trent University.

Sundial Group‘s Marketing Director, Jo Chudley, said:

�We pride ourselves on providing excellent service so being shortlisted in this category is great recognition for Sundial Group. This award is especially important to us as it acknowledges the support from all of our family members and shareholders over the years. We are very much looking forward to the event and hope for success on the night."
Sundial Group‘s Chudbus Returns this Summer
19/08/2014
After almost letting the Sundial 'Chudbus' go into retirement, Sundial Group is delighted to share that it has been saved and has returned to the road this summer!

With brand new signage inside and out, a new Teamscapes zone on the top deck and an interactive approach with bean bags for comfort, the Chudbus has never looked better.

Our bright red routemaster is back visiting booking agents up and down the country, giving them the chance to experience how unique we are.

So far, we‘ve been to Chelmsford, Derby, Spalding, Worcester and Swindon to hold events for Inntel, Zibrant, Capita, Infotel and BookoTel, using the bus to deliver some of our Teamscapes team building activities including Webmaster and Blockheads, and serve up a ‘grab and go‘ nutritious lunch to employees.

As a committee member of Meetings Industry Meetings Needs, Sundial Group‘s Managing Director, Tim Chudley, drove the bus to Zibrant‘s head office in Derby to take part in the Big Sleep Out, where everyone slept outdoors in cardboard boxes to raise money for the homeless. The evening‘s event featured a range of fundraising activities including a fair, a treasure hunt and a silent auction.

Sundial Group‘s Director of Sales, Mia Butler, who has been on the road with the bus this summer, said:

�We are thrilled that the bus is back in action as it has become an important symbol in portraying Sundial's history and values. The tour is so much fun and it‘s great to see how excited clients get when the bus arrives at their offices!�

The Chudbus will also be joining Sundial Group at the World of Learning Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on 30th September. The bus will be home to our Sensory Zone where visitors will be invited to come on board and learn about our powerful approach to team building.

If you would like to learn more about Sundial Group and our team building activities, we can arrange for the Chudbus to come and visit you at your offices. Contact us on info@sundialgroup.com for more information.
Sundial Group Sees Best Ever Customer Satisfaction Results
13/08/2014
Sundial Group is delighted to report its highest ever levels of customer satisfaction for meetings and events held at its three venues. The results, measured by the most widely used review system in the events industry, show that in July 2014:

• 97 % of customers left an Overall Satisfaction score of at least 8 out of 10
• 97 % plan to use us again in the future
• 94 % of our customers have said they would recommend us to a friend or colleague

These superb industry benchmarked results of meeting planners, add to our recent success after being voted by our customers as the Best Venue Group in the UK and receiving Trip Advisor‘s 2014 Certificate of Excellence at each of our properties; Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey.

Sundial Group‘s Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�These results demonstrate an exceptional level of understanding of the needs and expectations our customers have and show that we consistently deliver. At a time of significant changes in ownership and management amongst our competitors, I believe that Sundial Group is the most trusted brand in the meetings and events sector.�
Woodside Awarded 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor
23/05/2014
Sundial Group's Warwickshire based hotel and conference centre, Woodside, has been awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence' by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain an average rating of at least four out of five, and volume and recency of reviews is also taken into account. This is the 4th consecutive year that Woodside has received the award.

Some of the comments that contributed to the Certificate of Excellence include:

�A stunning location, great food, nice bar, good rooms, but the icing on the cake is the service, the staff all made us so welcome.�

�Our first visit and it won't be the last. Very easy to get to, well located for exploring the area and the staff are really warm, but also very professional.�

�This was a return stay after such an enjoyable experience last year we decided to come back. The food and drink offering was excellent, and by far the best breakfast I have had in a hotel.�

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said:

�We are very proud to once again receive the Certificate of Excellence. The award is testament to the dedication and hard work of our team who are always committed to delivering an excellent customer experience. Thank you to all our customers who took the time to comment so positively on their stay.�
Woodside Receives ‘Gold Standard‘ Accreditation by BDRC Continental for Q1 2014
23/04/2014
Sundial Group's Warwickshire meeting venue, Woodside, has once again received ‘VenueVerdict‘s Gold Standard Accreditation' by BDRC Continental, one of the UK's leading suppliers of marketing research in the meetings sector.

The accreditation, based on customer feedback results from April 2013 to March 2014, is testament to Woodside‘s ongoing dedication to providing exceptional customer service.

Some of the comments which contributed to the accreditation included:
�Personally feel this is the most professional and best organisation I have had the pleasure to work with. Staff are a big credit to your organisation.�

�The main reason I love your hotel is that the staff are the best of any hotel I use.�

�I would not like to single out one particular member of staff; they were all very good.�

�Another good experience for us all - thank you. I appreciate the consistently high standard of service at Woodside.�

Woodside‘s General Manager, Jerry Toth, said:

�This accreditation is a fantastic achievement for everyone at Woodside, who all focus daily on delivering an exceptional customer experience. We‘d like to thank everyone who took the time to share their positive comments with us.�

Sundial Group Scoops 5 Industry Awards
28/02/2014
Sundial Group Scoops 5 Industry Awards

Sundial Group is celebrating after winning five awards at the 2014 Meeting and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Industry Awards, held in London on 25th February.

The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry. With the awards decided entirely on thousands of customer votes, the result demonstrates how highly regarded Sundial are within the conference industry.

Family-owned and run, 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.

The largest of the Sundial venues, Highgate House in Northamptonshire, received three awards on the night; Silver for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue‘ and Bronze for ‘Best UK Management Training Centre‘ and ‘Best Conference and Banqueting Staff‘.

Surrey based venue, Barnett Hill, also scooped a Bronze award for ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue‘.

The gala presentation dinner, held at Battersea Evolution in London, is the biggest night of the year for the meetings industry, and was attended by more than 1,000 industry professionals.

With five awards collected in total, Sundial Group was the most awarded of the night. This is also the highest ever number of accolades received in one awards programme for the group.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director said:

�An acknowledgement of our status as number one meetings group by the readership of the most authoritative industry publication, is extremely rewarding for my colleagues at Sundial Group. I know how hard they all work to achieve the level of excellence that our customers require and I am extremely proud of them. On behalf of everyone at Sundial, I would like to thank our customers for taking the time to vote for us.�

About Sundial Group

Sundial Group are experts in events. We are a multi award-winning group with three dedicated meeting venues, a venue-finding agency and a team building company. We use our experience and expertise to deliver the very best for our customers.

Web: www.sundialgroup.com

Email: info@sundialgroup.com

Phone: 01604 731731
Sundial Group Nominated for 9 Industry Awards
16/01/2014
Sundial Group is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for 9 awards in the highly regarded 2014 Meetings and Incentive Travel Awards (M&IT).

Nominations gained are for:

‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue' for Highgate House, Barnett Hill and Woodside.

‘Best UK Management Training Centre' for Highgate House, Barnett Hill and Woodside.

‘Best Conference and Banqueting Staff' for Highgate House and Woodside.

‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product' for Sundial Group.

The M&IT Industry Awards recognise and reward excellence and are the result of customer voting, in particular event organisers. Votes are audited and verified by the independent Audit Bureau of Circulations. The M&IT Awards programme is the oldest in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry.

Jo Chudley, Sundial Group's Marketing Director said:

"Being shortlisted in each of these categories demonstrates how highly Sundial Group is regarded by its customers in providing dedicated meeting environments. The nominations also help give our prospective customers the confidence that they will be choosing the very best for their event."

The final results will be announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner on 25th February 2014 at Battersea Evolution in London and is expected to be attended by over 1000 industry professionals.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director said:

"We are absolutely delighted to be nominated nine times in this year's M&IT Awards, our highest ever number of nominations in any awards programme. The nominations are fantastic recognition of our standing amongst UK meeting planners and we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us. We are very much looking forward to this prestigious industry event and hope for great success on the night."
Woodside Awarded 'Gold Standard' Accreditation by BDRC Continental
13/01/2014
Woodside Awarded ‘Gold Standard‘ Accreditation by BDRC Continental

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.

The latest accreditation, based on customer feedback, is testament to the venue's continued dedication to providing exceptional customer service in 2013.

Some of the comments which contributed to the accreditation include:

‘The quality of the whole event and staff is exceptional.‘

‘Fantastic customer service - you have a great team.‘

‘Warm welcome on arrival - and nothing was too much trouble.‘

‘A beautiful venue and the staff are outstanding to match.‘

Woodside's General Manager, Jerry Toth, said;



"We are very pleased to have achieved the prestigious Gold Standard accreditation at Woodside this year. It is fantastic to be recognised for our hard work and we would like to thank our customers for taking the time to comment so positively on their stay.�

For more information about Sundial Group's awards and accolades please visit http://www.sundialgroup.com/who_we_are/awards_and_accreditations/

About Sundial Group



Sundial Group are experts in events.



We are a multi award-winning group with three dedicated meeting venues, a venue-finding agency and a team building company.

We use our experience and expertise to deliver the very best for our customers.



Web: www.sundialgroup.com

Email: info@sundialgroup.com

Phone: 01604 731 731
Sundial Group Chefs Celebrate Culinary Success
20/12/2013
2013 has been a fantastic year for food and drink at Sundial Group venues. In the last 12 months we have been awarded for our exceptional cuisine with the venue's chefs succeeding in a number of prestigious local and international competitions.

In February, Iain Miller, Head Chef at Woodside in Warwickshire, was crowned the UK Winner of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) Copper Skillet culinary competition 2013. Miller battled it out in a ‘Cook Off' with 8 other chefs to produce his winning dish which was a pave of Balmoral Venison, creamed savoy cabbage, Clonakilty black pudding hash with a sage & pancetta jus.

Lee Gaskins, Head Chef at The Terrace Restaurant, Highgate House, scooped the award for ‘Aspire Chef of the Year' in October at the Carlsberg UK 2013 Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards. Alongside the submission of a three course menu, Gaskins competed against four other chefs in a cook-off competition where the challenge was to create two courses with a surprise set of ingredients including an unskinned rabbit. This is the second time Gaskins holds the title for the county, having won previously in 2011. The Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House was also a finalist in the ‘Restaurant of the Year' category.

Scott Cawse, Senior Chef de Partie at Barnett Hill in Surrey, also received an award for Best Dessert when he impressed the judges with his take on a warm chocolate fondant at the 2013 Chef's Challenge Competition run by Conference Centres of Excellence. The established competition, now in its 15th year celebrates conference dining across CCE centres nationally.

As part of a major investment programme taking place next year, we will be developing our dining facilities. Developments will include a new bar area and an expanded open kitchen in the Terrace Restaurant, at Highgate House.

To celebrate our achievements this year, we are pleased to offer customers 10% off in January when dining at The Terrace Restaurant, Highgate House. Please mention this offer at time of booking.
12 Industry Awards in One Year for Sundial Group
16/12/2013
Sundial Group is celebrating another successful year with a total of 12 new awards and accreditations to add to its bulging trophy cabinet.

The meeting venue and conference hotel experts have seen their three venues recognised by both the meetings and leisure industries in 2013 with prestigious awards from BDRC Continental, Trip Advisor and Conference Centres of Excellence. In the last 12 months the group has also been awarded for its exceptional food with the venue's head chefs succeeding in local and international competitions.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director said:

"The outstanding aspect of these awards is that so many express the opinion of real customers and guests. It is they that the dedicated individuals and teams in Sundial strive to delight. I am terrifically proud of my colleagues and Sundial Group, as the industry experts, are extremely honoured to have been recognised for our achievements throughout 2013."

See below for a list of our 2013 awards:

Customer Service

Gold Standard Accreditation, Highgate House - BDRC Continental
Best Conferencing and Banqueting Staff, Highgate House - Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards
Certificates of Excellence, All venues - Trip Advisor

Venues

Best Venue Group - Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards
Best Value for Money, Highgate House -Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards
Best UK Management Training Centre, Highgate House - Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards
Non-Member Venue most admired by Conference Centres of Excellence, Highgate House

Food and Drink

Chef of the Year, Lee Gaskins at Highgate House - Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards
UK Chef of the Year, Iain Miller at Woodside - International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) Copper Skillet Competition
Scott Cawse - Chef Award from Conference Centres of Excellence 2013 Chefs Challenge

Industry/Leadership

Tim Chudley - IACC Global Distinguished Service Award
Mia Butler - HBAA Award for valued contribution to the industry
Sundial Group Undertakes Major Investment Programme for 2014
09/12/2013
Sundial Group, the multi-award winning hospitality events group, is undertaking a major investment programme across its three conference venues in early 2014. The initial phases of work will see about half a million pounds worth of improvements with a similar sum of investment expected later in 2014.

Much of the programme has been influenced by research carried out amongst the Group's customers in 2013, to find out which areas they most wanted to see improvements in. These included three key areas:

Bedrooms

All three venues will benefit from bedroom refurbishments, incorporating general modernisation of rooms and their facilities, including new furniture and fittings, as well as improved bathroom and shower facilities.

Public Areas

There are major plans to change Highgate House's main entrance in order to give guests a more convenient direct access to the venue and, in the process, help create a more impactful first impression upon their arrival. Highgate House's bar/guest welcome area will also undergo a complete transformation with a newly designed layout including new flooring, furniture and seating arrangements.

Conference Rooms

Numerous conference rooms at all three venues will also be redecorated and refreshed as part of the programme.

The investment programme will commence from January 2014 and work will be carried out at carefully chosen times to ensure minimal customer disruption.
Sundial Group Chooses BeeKind toiletries for its in-room amenities
29/11/2013
Sundial Group has chosen Gilchrist and Soame's ‘BeeKind' toiletry range for its in-room products, to be provided at each of its country house venues.

From November 2013, all three Sundial venues (Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey) will offer BeeKind to their over-night guests.

The BeeKind range uses ingredients of honey with organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemon grass and chamomile to give a soothing and relaxing effect, whilst also doing good to the environment.

The BeeKind collection has been developed featuring Gilchrist and Soames' signature formations and are free from parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, urea, DEA, TEA, propylene glycol, artificial colours and dyes.

They are produced in the UK and the packaging is also environmentally advanced, deploying a readily-recyclable tube made from HDPE which is eco-friendly. Furthermore, net proceeds from our purchase of BeeKind products go to support honey bees and sustainable pollination research.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group said:

"The in-room products we choose for our venues are the most personal products our guests come into contact with. It is really important for us to not only find a luxurious range that they can indulge in at the end of a long day, but one that is environmentally responsible too. BeeKind offers the ideal combination.

Choosing BeeKind is yet another way we can work towards meeting our environmental responsibilities and help minimise the impact our operations have on the environment."
About Gilchrist & Soames

Gilchrist & Soames is a leading provider of cosmetic-grade toiletry collections for world-class hotels, exclusive resorts, and distinguished spas, inns, and bed & breakfasts.
Teamscapes launches all-inclusive team building packages
28/08/2013
Teamscapes is delighted to announce the launch of its three new team building packages which have been designed to make choosing team building a less daunting experience.

With so many companies offering team building, and with so much choice available, Teamscapes packages break the mould by offering clear cost-per-person prices and excellent value for money without compromising on team building effectiveness.

All packages also include the use of a Sundial venue in Surrey, Northamptonshire or Warwickshire and are based on the experiential learning model to help generate positive and long-lasting results for both teams and individuals.

Packages are run by a fully-qualified Teamscapes facilitator and are customised to meet a Client‘s business objectives. The three packages available are:

Accredited day package (which results in successful participants gaining an award)
Full-day package
Combined team building and meeting package
Woodside Venue raises over £1,000 for Myton Hospice
08/07/2013
Employees at Woodside hotel and conference centre in Warwickshire were delighted to raise over £1,000 for the Myton Hospice through their ‘Take 50 challenge‘ this spring.

The challenge was to raise as much money as possible over 50 days, starting with just £50, through whatever means necessary.

Just one of many local businesses taking part, Woodside hosted a variety of sponsored events involving employees, customers, friends and family, including: car washes, ‘Wear it red' for Myton days, cake sales, ‘Guess the baby' competition.

Their biggest fundraising event was a 244 mile race, which represented the number of miles between Sundial Group's three venues based in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Surrey. The Woodside team tasked themselves with clocking up these miles between them through swimming, running, walking, rowing and cycling over the course of one week in order to raise money through sponsorship.

Kate Freeth, who led the challenge at Woodside, said: "Our fundraising for Myton Hospice this year was met with massive enthusiasm by both staff and customers and we raised over £1,000. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and efforts for such a wonderful cause and for making the challenge such a fun event to be part of.�

The Hospice is a registered charity and receives only a small proportion of its funding from the NHS. It relies on donations and legacies to help raise the millions that are needed every year for its care to continue. This year‘s ‘50 day challenge‘, taken on by 26 local businesses, helped generate a staggering £37,120.29 of additional funds for the hospice.
Sundial Venues Awarded ‘Certificates of Excellence‘ by TripAdvisor
08/07/2013
Sundial Group's three hotel and conference venues - Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Woodside in Warwickshire and Barnett Hill in Surrey - have each been awarded ‘Certificates of Excellence' by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and only the top-performing 10% of businesses listed on TripAdvisor worldwide receive this prestigious award.

To qualify, venues are required to maintain an average rating of four (or higher) out of a possible five, when reviewed. Additional criteria including volume of reviews received in the last 12 months.

Sundial's Managing Director Tim Chudley said:

"It is a fantastic accolade that each of our three venues have been awarded ‘Certificates of Excellence' by TripAdvisor and that they all rank in TripAdvisor's top performing 10% of all businesses worldwide. The awards are testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone at Sundial who are always committed to delivering positive customer experiences."

Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business said:

"The Certificate of Excellence award provides top-performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most - their customers."
Woodside Venue takes on the ‘Take 50 Challenge‘ for Myton Hospice
03/05/2013
For the third year running, employees at Sundial Group's Woodside meeting venue in Warwickshire will be taking on the Myton Hospice ‘Take 50 Challenge' this spring.

The challenge is to raise as much money as possible over 50 days, starting with just £50, through whatever means necessary.

Just one of many local businesses taking part, Woodside will be hosting a variety of sponsored events involving employees, customers, friends and family, including: car washes, ‘Wear it red' for Myton days, cake sales, ‘Guess the baby' competition and a sponsored 244 mile race.

Woodside's biggest fundraising event this year is the 244 mile race, which represents the number of miles between Sundial Group's three venues based in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Surrey. The Woodside team have tasked themselves with clocking up these miles between them through swimming, running, walking and cycling over the course of one week from Monday 8 April to Monday 14 April, in order to raise money through sponsorship.

Myton Hospice provides specialist palliative care for the people of Coventry and Warwickshire from its three hospice sites in Warwick, Rugby and Coventry. At its unit in local Warwick, patients are provided with specialist care by teams of nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals to help support them and their families, free of charge.

The Hospice is a registered charity and receives only a small proportion of its funding from the NHS. It relies on donations and legacies to help raise the millions that are needed every year for its care to continue. Woodside is proud to be a local supporter.
Sundial Group Reports Increase in Healthcare Event Bookings
02/04/2013
Sundial Group has announced record bookings in healthcare events, with revenue growth of more than 30% year-on-year.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group Managing Director, credited the sales uplift to the group's recent Compliant Venues accreditation status which it was awarded last year.

He said:

‘Our Compliant Venues accreditation and training appears to have given bookers in the Healthcare industry increased confidence in us.

Knowing that we have been assessed and trained in the regulatory and compliance rules of their sector, they feel more reassured than ever that we are best placed to manage their events with expertise and sensitivity. The focused environment Sundial Group provides, matches the evolving healthcare sector's requirement for high quality, fit-for-purpose meetings'

Historically, perceptions of the healthcare sector have been focused on luxurious and extravagant meetings at the cost of content and impartiality. There has since been a shift-change, with an increased demand for transparency within the sector. Sundial Group is one of the many venue providers helping to change perceptions to deliver more appropriate benchmarks for all healthcare meetings and events.

The Compliant Venues accreditation criteria which Sundial Group was required to meet covered a range of areas including; sales and marketing, location, suitability, facilities, service and costs. Sundial staff members also took part in training to help them gain a deeper understanding of the sector's regulatory codes in order to offer a more informed service to their Healthcare customers.

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 meetings in the healthcare sector annually, generating some £378m in spend across a broad range of groups: National Health Service, patients groups, corporate industry and scientific bodies such as medical associations.

About Compliant Venues

Compliant Venues is an independent consultancy providing accreditation and training solutions for meeting venues, enabling them to work more effectively within the healthcare sector.
Venue Awards Speak Volumes for Sundial Group
02/04/2013
With numerous awards already behind them, Sundial Venues is celebrating a new wave of accolades for their achievements in 2012. Retaining the Value for Money award, Sundial Venues are proud to receive the news that they also achieved ‘Gold Standard' accreditation at countryside meeting venue Highgate House and ‘Highly Commended' at both Woodside and Barnett Hill amongst being put forward for a number of additional short listings for other accreditations. Sundial Group's Agency Sales Manager Mia Butler also received the prestigious HBAA (Hotel Bookings Agents Association) ‘Tim Gasson' Award in recognition of her contributions to the industry.

Assessing a venue's awards before making a decision where to put your business is extremely important. The awards are a guarantee to a venue's credibility, quality of service and value for money. These awards set a high standard and a tough competition within the industry. The ability therefore to retain recognition in a particular category year after such as Sundial Group has with the Value for Money award, is an outstanding achievement.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director comments "Sundial Group has received the Value Money accreditation since the very start of the VenueVerdict awards. We are very proud that we have set a standard in the industry and year after year are continuing to lead the way in a high quality service and a reasonable pricing structure".

Such important and much sought-after awards are looked upon as important milestones for anyone in the meeting and conference industry. Tim Chudley continues, "We didn't just win one award, we won at all three of our countryside hotel meeting venues. This demonstrates that we really do put the customer's needs and requirements first and take pride in the quality of product we offer".

In the current economic climate and threat of a triple-dip recession, a Value for Money accolade from a prestigious organization such as the BDRC Continental is a particularly important feature to be able to offer.

Tim Chudley explains "it is always important for customers to be able to see the direction a business is heading in. It provides security in the services on offer and a company that continuously works annually to meet and beat their own standards says volumes about company ethics and the staff in their employment".

Businesses that are continuously honoured with awards and award nominations have obviously learnt to listen to their clients in order to successfully cater to public demand. They are, as a result, less likely to be affected by the financial environment and clients are able to clearly trust in company values, policies and procedures as well as the efficient organisation that is running behind the scenes.

For further information please visit: www.sundialgroup.com/sundial_venues
Sundial Group Wins ‘Best Venue Group Meeting Product‘ at Prestigious Industry Awards Event
02/04/2013
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.

With the award decided entirely on thousands of customer votes, the result demonstrates how highly regarded Sundial Group's meeting offering has become within the conference industry.



Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, who collected the award in person on the night said:

‘We are thrilled to receive this award. As a group dedicated to providing first-class conferences and meetings for our customers, to be voted by them and awarded Gold for excelling in our area of expertise, is absolutely fantastic. We are really grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for us.'

On the biggest night of the year for the meetings industry, attended by more than a 1,000 peers and buyers, Sundial Group was also recognised by BDRC Continental, benchmarking specialists, as ‘2012 Best Value for Money' demonstrating that the group stands stronger than ever in its core offering. The combined recognition of ‘best meeting product' alongside ‘best value for money' really sets Sundial apart from the competition.
Woodside awarded ‘Highly Commended‘ accreditation by BDRC Continental
04/03/2013
Sundial Group's conference venue in Warwickshire, Woodside, has been ‘Highly Commended' by BDRC Continental's VenueVerdict for delivering consistently exceptional customer service in 2012.

BDRC Continental is the UK's largest market research consultancy, and their VenueVerdict survey featured just less than 400 meeting venues and hotels across the UK and Ireland.

The VenueVerdict accreditation is based on 12 months' of customer feedback, with venues achieving a Net Promoter Score of +70 or higher from 40 or more responses a year.

Woodside's Manager, Jerry Toth, said; "We are delighted Woodside has achieved ‘Highly Commended' accreditation by BDRC Continental. And given that the award is the result of consistent feedback from our business conference customers makes it all the more rewarding."

For further information about Sundial Group's awards and accolades please visit www.sundialgroup.com
Sundial chefs reach final of the IACC ‘2013 Copper Skillet Competition‘
04/03/2013
Sundial Group's chefs Iain Miller (Head Chef at Woodside venue) and Lee Gaskins (Head Chef at Highgate House - Pictured) have both reached the final of the 2013 Copper Skillet Competition run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), now in its tenth year.

Having produced menus using seasonal and local traditional British produce for no more than £10, both Miller and Gaskins impressed the judges to qualify for their places in the final ‘cook off' round.

The ‘Cook off' is a time-limited event where the eight finalists will be required to create a single dish from a mystery basket of ingredients, comprising of fresh produce, grains and three proteins. Each chef will be given 15 minutes before the ‘cook off' to decide on the dish they are going to produce and to write a menu card for the judges.

The final takes place on Saturday 9 February at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre in Bedfordshire where Miller and Gaskins will battle it out with 6 other chefs to become the IACC's UK National Champion.

The winner will then be given a complimentary round trip to the IACC's annual conference in Illinois, Chicago this March, with the chance to compete for the final allocade of IACC's Global Chef of the Year.

About IACC

The International Association of Conference Centres is the global home for IACC approved conference centres. Corporate meeting planners, event organisers, and businesses select IACC meeting venues for corporate training sessions, sales meetings, board retreats, and special customer events.

IACC recognises the vital role that food service plays in conference centre operations. The tenth annual Copper Skillet Award international chef of the year competition is designed to highlight the artistry and skills of IACC-member conference centre chefs from around the world, and honour their contributions to our shared goal of providing an outstanding conference experience.
Sundial chef Iain Miller wins UK IACC ‘2013 Copper Skillet Competition‘
04/03/2013
Iain Miller, Head Chef at Woodside, a Sundial Group venue, has won the 2013 UK Copper Skillet Competition run by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).

On 9 February, Miller battled it out in a ‘Cook Off' with 8 other chefs to become the IACC's UK National Champion.

His winning dish was a pave of Balmoral Venison, creamed savoy cabbage, Clonokilty black pudding hash with a sage & pancetta jus.

The Copper Skillet Competition is designed to highlight the artistry and skills of IACC-member conference centre chefs from around the world and to honour their contributions to a shared goal of providing an outstanding conference experience.

Miller won not only the UK title, but also a complimentary round-trip to the IACC's annual conference in Chicago and he goes on to represent the UK in the IACC's prestigious Global Chef of the Year Championship on 20 March 2013.

About IACC

The International Association of Conference Centers is the thought leader on the meeting experience and represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities.

Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centers is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan.
Sundial Group achieves ‘Investor in People‘ Standard
04/03/2013
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.

The accolade sees the group continuing to hold the standard for an impressive 13 years, having first achieved it in 1999.

The ‘Investors in People' Standard is based on staff interviews and requires businesses to meet the standard across 39 different categories. It also helps businesses build a complete picture of how they are managing their people and where they can make improvements.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group said,

"We are delighted to retain our ‘Investors in People' Standard, having held it consistently now for over 13 years. With much of the assessment based on staff interviews, the results not only show us where we've been successful, but also help us focus on areas for improvement so we can perform even better together in future.'

About Investors in People

Launched in 1991, Investors in People is the UK's leading people management Standard.

It specialises in transforming business performance through people. Over a third of the UK's workforce uses Investors in People today, and employers do so because they see a number of real business benefits.

Its vision is to make "Investors in People" the choice for leaders who want to deliver business impact and growth. They have eight "Investors in People" centres across the UK and licence agreements in over 20 countries worldwide.
Sundial Group Nominated for 6 Industry Awards
05/02/2013
Sundial Group is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for six awards in the highly-regarded ‘Meetings and Incentives Travel Magazine' Awards (M&IT).

Nominations gained are for:

- Best Value for Money Conference Venue' for both Highgate House, and Woodside.
- Best UK Management Training Centre' for both Highgate House, and Woodside
- Best Conference and Banqueting Staff' for Highgate House
- Best Venue Group Meeting Product' for Sundial Group.

The M&IT Industry Awards recognise and reward excellence, and are the result of voting by the readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine - with votes audited and verified by the independent Audit Bureau of Circulations. The awards programme is the oldest, most established programme in the meetings arena and sets the standard for the industry.

The final results will be announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner on Tuesday 19th March 2013 at Battersea Evolution, presented by Kate Silverton as Mistress of Ceremonies. The event is expected to be attended by more than 700 industry professionals and will provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group's Managing Director said: ‘We are thrilled to be nominated again in the M&IT Awards this year, especially in the presence of such great company. We're proud to have been recognised for our contribution to the industry and look forward to an enjoyable and, hopefully successful, evening on 13th March."

For further information about Sundial Group's awards and accolades please visit www.sundialgroup.com
Highgate House Venue awarded ‘Gold Standard‘ accreditation by BDRC Continental
04/02/2013
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.

BDRC Continental is the UK's largest market research consultancy, and their VenueVerdict survey featured just less than 400 meeting venues and hotels across the UK and Ireland.

The VenueVerdict accreditation is based on 12 months' of customer feedback, with venues achieving a Net Promoter Score of +70 or higher from 40 or more responses a year.

BDRC Continental's Client Service Director, James Bland, said: "With only the top 7% of participating venues achieving Gold Standard, this accreditation truly represents a hallmark of quality".

Highgate House's Manager, Paul Williams, said: "We are delighted Highgate House has been recognised as Gold Standard by BDRC Continental. And given that the accreditation is the result of consistent feedback from our business conference customers makes it all the more rewarding."

For further information about Sundial Group's awards and accolades please visit www.sundialgroup.com
Sundial‘s Mia Butler Receives Prestigious Tim Gasson Award
03/02/2013
Sundial Group are proud to announce that Mia Butler, Agency Sales Manager at Sundial Venues, has received the prestigious HBAA (Hotel Bookings Agents Association) ‘Tim Gasson Award' in recognition for her outstanding contribution to the meetings industry.

The ‘Tim Gasson Award' is presented annually to an individual who, in their work and professional life, embodies and promotes the ideals of the HBAA - advancing best practice in the meetings industry and drives for greater cooperation and understanding amongst member agents and venues.

The award was presented at the HBAA's annual event at The Brewery on Friday 11 January, bringing together over 350 agents, hoteliers and conference venues; many of whom voted for Mia and whose nominations were collectively reviewed by the HBAA's panel of judges to select her as this year's annual winner.

Here are just a few of the nomination comments:

"Mia epitomises what an Agency Sales Manager should be. She is focused and committed to the industry, to her brand and what the HBAA represents. She is a wonderful ambassador for the Sundial brand, a great advocate for the HBAA, and above all, a genuinely lovely person."

"Mia is always positive, passionate about the industry and an advocate of the HBAA and what it stands for. She will always support and help others, as is shown with her involvement in the HBAA Training Academy. Mia thoroughly deserves recognition."

"Mia's passion for the hospitality industry is second to none. She is one of the most dedicated and professional Sales Managers in hospitality at the moment and sets us all a wonderful example of working at your best with clients, team members and industry colleagues alike."

About the HBAA

The HBAA represents a collective industry voice for agents, hotels and meeting venues and stives for the best practice in the procurement and booking of accommodation, conferences, events and training sessions.

About the ‘Tim Gasson Award'

The ‘Tim Gasson Award' is named after former HBAA chairman Tim Gasson who was tragically killed in 2007. Tim was a leading figurehead and recognised for his verve, creativity and uncomprising stance in driving professionalism in the hotel booking sector. The HBAA's executive committee decided to remember him by creating an award in his name - given annually in recognition of a member nominated by their peers for advancing the values of the HBAA and for commitment to progress.

For further information about Sundial Group's awards and accolades please visit www.sundialgroup.com
Sundial Group Sponsors IACC Future Leaders Lunch
02/02/2013
Sundial Group was delighted to sponsor the International Association of Conference Centre's (IACC) Future Leaders lunch this November, at Lensbury Conference Centre in Teddington, Middlesex.

The lunch was a new IACC initiative, inviting event management students from Greenwich University to meet with key industry leaders.

The initiative was designed to enable students to better understand the role of the IACC and to give them an opportunity to put questions to influential industry leaders face-to-face. The delegates were welcomed by Mark Cooper, the IACC's CEO.

Industry leaders themselves (attending from a wide variety of backgrounds) also had much to gain from the experience; insight and ideas into what students saw as the future of the sector, as well as what they are looking for from future employers. Examples of some of the development ideas discussed were ambitions for 'iconic' shorter session meetings and a desire for opportunities to exercise their philanthropic beliefs when attending meetings.

Mark Cooper stated, "feedback from emerging industry leaders is essential as we step into a new era for IACC and for the in the meetings industry. Their evaluations, observations, and contributions will continue to help us shape the future and to continue to provide exceptional meeting experiences around the globe."

The lunch formed part of the wider IACC European Annual General Meeting and Conference ‘Turning Imagination into Innovation'; a platform designed to fuel discussions on the future of conferencing amongst key industry players with the ambition to create exceptional meeting experiences.

Sundial is proud to be a long-standing founder member and supporter of the IACC, with Sundial's CEO Tim Chudley a past Global President.

For more information, please visit www.sundialgroup.com
Sundial Group awarded ‘Best Value for Money‘ by BDRC Continental
01/02/2013
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.

The ‘Best Value for Money' award is given to the brand with the highest overall score for ‘value for money'. As well as this, Sundial Group is also proud to be recognised for gaining the highest scores for residential events out of all participating venues and groups in the UK and Ireland.

The group has also been given accreditations for exceptional customer service - Gold Standard for Highgate House and Highly Commended for both Woodside and Barnett Hill.

BDRC Continental is the UK's largest market research consultancy, and their VenueVerdict survey featured just less than 400 meeting venues and hotels across the UK and Ireland.

The VenueVerdict award is based on 12 months' of customer feedback, with venues achieving a Net Promoter Score of +70 or higher from 40 or more responses a year.

Sundial Group's Managing Director, Tim Chudley, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Best Value for Money' meeting group since the VenueVerdict awards began. The award acknowledges our dedication to providing customers with unrivalled value for money in difficult financial times, but without compromising on service, as the three additional customer service accreditations prove."

For further information about Sundial Group's awards and accolades please visit www.sundialgroup.com
Sundial Group successfully accredited by ‘Compliant Venues‘ for Healthcare sector events
12/10/2012
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.
Highgate House in Northamptonshire, Barnett Hill in Surrey and Woodside in Warwickshire have achieved Green accreditation status and bookers can be confident when booking a Sundial Venue that they are appropriate in understanding the regulatory and compliance rules as applied by bookers in the healthcare sector.

‘Compliant Venues‘ is an independent agency which was formed in response to an increasing need for healthcare meeting organisers to ensure their events meet internal and industry codes of practice and are carried out in appropriate environments.

Working with an accredited venue provides Corporate Healthcare organisations the opportunity to reduce their compliance risk and enhance their approval process by using a clear and recognised metric to support their choice of venues for meeting activities. The solution draws upon the guidelines issued by various UK healthcare regulatory bodies, which makes transparent the criteria generally accepted to make a venue compliant. The metric developed covers sales and marketing, location, suitability, facilities, service and cost resulting in a Green, (fully accredited) or Amber, (accredited with specific caveats) status.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director of Sundial Group said, �To have an accreditation which highlights us as a suitable meeting and conference venue for the healthcare sector is of great value.� He continued, �To also have staff at each of our venues who have completed the training required as part of the accreditation process and become our healthcare champions, will benefit our customers in the healthcare sector hugely.�
Mark Handforth of Compliant Venues said, �The Sundial ethos is visible in everyone you meet and the process, in particularly training of the sales and operational teams, demonstrated this. Just hours after the training session there were examples of them taking ownership of the information shared to benefit their clients�.
Sundial Group owns and operates three country house conference hotels across the UK; Barnett Hill in Surrey, Northamptonshire meeting venue Highgate House and Woodside in Kenilworth, all are superb, award-winning conference, training and event venues
in accessible, UK locations. The locations are well positioned for events across the healthcare sector for internal staff or healthcare professional audiences.
Sundial Meeting Venues Win Prestigious Social Media Award
12/09/2012
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.

The award was judged by David Taylor of AP Marketing and Katherine Alano, Community Editor of Caterer and Hotelkeeper Magazine who said, "The judges were hugely impressed with the entry by Sundial Group. Their creativity, levels of engagement with their online audience coupled with the shear breadth of social networking accounts meant that they were clear winners in this category. Plus there was clear evidence that this activity had actually helped them to achieve their business objectives - vital in any campaign."

Now in their fifth year, the HBAA annual awards celebrate member agencies, hotels and venues that set the benchmark of best practice within the industry. The social media award was introduced this year in recognition of the impact community and social sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ have on marketing, business communications, customer service, brand recognition, networking and lead generation.

Sundial Venues multi-award winning Northamptonshire conference hotel, picturesque Warwickshire meeting venue and Surrey conference hotel are owned and operated by Sundial Group. Each dedicated venue offers a range of conference, meeting and business class accommodation. The trio of venues maintain their own social media presence, assisted by experts in the field of new media. Their respective Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube presences are at the pinnacle of communications, with exclusive content, offers and news for members.

Tim Chudley, Sundial Group managing director said, "We are delighted to have received the HBAA Venue Social Media Award 2012 in recognition of our three venues' commitment to social media. We have many additional exciting developments planned for our social networking communications in the near future and look forward to expanding on our activity even further. It is now a crucial part of our business and an excellent tool for any hotel or meeting venue committed to engaging with customers."

Follow Sundial Group on twitter: @SundialGroup
All 3 Sundial venues earn TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence - Again!
02/08/2012
Sundial Venues have once again been honoured as highly rated hotels, as reviewed by customers on TripAdvisor. Barnett Hill in Surrey, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Warwickshire today announce that they 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.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. There is additional criteria which includes volume of reviews along with how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travellers. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Sundial Venues specialise in providing fantastic hospitality at their dedicated conference and meeting venues. These accolades are in addition to Highgate House's consistent TripAdvisor top spot as ‘Number One Hotel in Northampton' for over three years now.

Sundial's Managing Director Tim Chudley said, "It is an honour to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, alongside some of the most prestigious hotels and attractions around the world", he continued, "To gain these titles for all three of our venues for a second year in a row is an amazing achievement, we strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is proof that the hard work of every Sundial team member is recognised."

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travellers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with seamless links to booking tools.

Sundial Venues are part of Sundial Group, the perfect partner for event planners. The family run group, Sundial, owns and operates three Country House UK conference hotels Barnett Hill in Surrey, Highgate House in Northamptonshire and Woodside in Kenilworth, which are highly regarded as expert UK meeting venues. For further information about Sundial Venues, special offers and how to book a bedroom or make an event enquiry please visit www.sundialvenues.com
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