Over £5 million invested into Cornwall's hotels
and guest houses in less than five years
Two Objective One projects for hotels and guest houses –
HONEY and honey2cornwall – have assisted nearly 200
businesses across Cornwall.
The HONEY and honey2cornwall programmes were created by Newquay
for Excellence Training as a business skills programme specifically
created for the hospitality industry. The programme offers
a combination of business mentor support, specialist advice
and access to subsequent investment of up to £38,000
The value of investment into Cornwall through the HONEY and
honey2cornwall programmes is over £5 million. Since
2005, when the original HONEY project (which was Newquay-targeted)
was rolled out across the region as honey2cornwall, the investment,
so far has been in excess of £2.25 million.
More than 60% of the investment has already been approved
covering a wide variety of enhancements to help make the local
tourist industry more competitive. Examples include bedroom
upgrades, complete kitchen refurbishments, landscaping, new
IT equipment and even new websites but activity could relate
to almost any quality improvement tied to a national quality
The Poltair Hotel in Falmouth has had total investment of
£13,770 for a new website and significant and widespread
bedroom upgrades. The hotel has just been accredited with
a Silver Award with Visit Britain as a result. Anne and Malcolm
Grimsley of The Poltair Hotel said: "Honey2cornwall
helped us with a major programme of works and we achieved
our goal of adding a Silver award to our existing 4 Stars.
A big thanks to all the team at honey2cornwall."
The investment has benefited all sizes of serviced accommodation
from four bedroom guest houses to 80 bedroom hotels.
The Cormorant Hotel at Golant, near Fowey has had investment
of £38,000 to assist with a complete transformation
of the premises, from the dining area to the grounds of the
"The honey2cornwall programme is a major opportunity
for hospitality businesses in Cornwall," said Mary
Tozer from The Cormorant Hotel. "My business has
already benefited hugely, both financially, and from the guidance
and advice provided by our appointed mentor, and by other
professionals that he has enlisted on our behalf. I know that
I can ask for his advice whenever I need it, which is a hugely
valuable tool for any small business; but it's up to
me. I can ask for a little help or a lot - there is no pressure
for anything beyond what your own particular business needs
and wants. If you seriously want to improve and upgrade, they
can help. I thank my lucky stars that a kind fellow hotelier
told me about honey2cornwall."
There are but a few places left to take advantage of potential
funding support for work, but with less than a year remaining
that time is quickly running out. If you would like to find
out more, please contact Ruth Vincent, Director of Newquay
For Excellence Training Ltd on 01637 871067.
For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media
Relations Manager for the Objective One Partnership. Tel:
01872 223439 /07973 813647. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in HONEY and honey2cornwall through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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