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31.08.07
Celebrating the achievements of some honey2cornwall members

The honey2cornwall programme has been running since 2005 and in that time there has been great success by our members in increasing their National Quality Assurance Scheme (NQAS) ratings and in achieving many awards and accolades.

This has been assisted by the business mentoring support and grant aided funding offered by the honey2cornwall programme thus enabling the increase of establishment persona and quality for visitors to Cornwall. The honey2cornwall project and its predecessor HONEY have both received Objective One investment.

The NQAS was set up by VisitBritain to assure an across the board standard for measuring tourist accommodation standards.

Anchorage House has just been awarded the rating of '5 Stars Highly Commended' by the AA, which is their latest accolade for guest accommodation that is in the top 10% of their star rating. It is the follow-on to their former Red Diamond Award, which had been held since 2002.

Stephen and Jane Epperson say: "We have gained a great deal from the business mentor programme, which enables people like ourselves who change careers to get professional insight into how to improve all aspects of the business. Anchorage House has been fortunate enough to have been awarded two grants for improving the infrastructure of our guest house, and set us apart from practically everyone else in the South West with our newly constructed indoor swimming and leisure complex. Thank you for your support this past 18 months."

After two years of re-branding, The Hundred House Hotel and Fish In The Fountain Restaurant has been awarded its third black star from the AA and its first Rosette for cooking. Set in the heart of the stunning Roseland Peninsula at Ruan Highlanes, the Hundred House is now the AA's smallest country house hotel in Cornwall and is one of the top 50 hotels in Cornwall.

"All of the mentor support and specialist help provided by honey2cornwall has been very valuable to us and what is more important it made sense. The support has been tailored to our ideas and it is this personalisation of your programme that makes all the difference for small businesses like ours. Our next stage is to refurbish the kitchen over this winter, which will assist in greater achievements in the future," added Richard and Denise Maior-Baron.

There are but a few places left to take advantage of potential grant support for upgrading of four or more bedroom serviced accommodation in Cornwall. With less than a year of the programme remaining time is quickly running out. To find out more about honey2cornwall please contact Ruth Vincent, Director of Newquay for Excellence Training on 01637 871067.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media Relations Manager for the Partnership Office. Tel: 01872 223439 / 07973 813647. Email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in honey2cornwall through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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