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Yorkshire’s newest Spa has opened today at the region’s hotel of the year.  The Coniston Hotel & Country Estate, voted “Large Hotel of the Year” in Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2014 White Rose Awards, has developed the Spa as the final piece in the jigsaw at one of the north of England’s flagship hotels.

Nine months in development, the 16,500ft2 spa directly overlooks The Coniston Estate and its 24 acre lake and is expected to attract thousands of extra visitors each year to this part of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Coniston Spa is located adjacent to the 71-bedroom hotel, and is expected to create at least 35 new jobs for the local market.  Its state-of-the-art facilities include a 15m indoor swimming pool, thermal suite, gym, dance studio, 8 spa treatment rooms, relaxation area and a stunning outdoor spa pool and terrace.

The Spa also offers members and hotel guests a spa dining area called “Nourish” and chefs in Nourish will serve a special menu throughout the day which has been created in consultation with celebrity author, dietician and naturopath Elizabeth Peyton-Jones.

There are already well over 200 members of the Spa, and local residents who join before Christmas will receive a wide range of benefits including use of all the spa’s facilities, a gym induction and fitness test, an introductory spa treatment, two guest passes, free WiFi access, and discounts off hotel and spa services, including treatments, food and accommodation. Product and treatment houses selected for The Coniston Spa include Aromatherapy Associates, Jessica Nails and Kissed by Mii.

Leading the team at The Coniston Spa is General Manager Sam Wilson, who has worked in spas throughout the world, including the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, South America and Europe.  She has had experience as a Spa Director for the 5-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and has also worked as a spa manager on some of the world’s leading cruise ships, including Holland America, Princess, Regency, Disney and Royal Caribbean Cruiselines.

The Coniston Hotel, Country Estate and Spa is owned by Michael and Ethne Bannister and their family, and run under the direction of Hotel Director Louise Bolton.  “We are delighted to open The Coniston Spa today, the first day of National Spa Week”, said Mr Bannister.  “Taking The Coniston from a small hotel and farm shop to one of the north of England’s top country resorts has been a labour of love, and to a large extent the Spa is the piece that completes the jigsaw for our guests, local residents and dedicated staff”.  “We look forward to welcoming literally thousands of new visitors to the Spa and continuing to promote the Dales tourism product locally, nationally and internationally in the years ahead”, he said.

NH Hotel Group will bring its nhow brand to the UK capital in a new development located in one of the London´s most distinctive areas, within the districts of Shoreditch and the City of London. The area known as ‘Tech City’ concentrated around Old Street roundabout, is the heart of the Capital’s technology and digital sector, widely recognised as the most rapidly growing commercial centre in the UK. Thanks to a management agreement signed between the Company and AXA IM - Real Assets, NH is expected to operate its first nhow hotel in the country by 2019.

Located in a 5.5 acre mixed-use new development called ‘250 City Road’, designed by the world renowned architect Lord Norman Foster’s studio -Foster + Partners-, the 8-floor hotel will feature 190 rooms, a restaurant, bar, gym and meeting rooms. As with the other nhow properties, the hotel will offer an unconventional and unique experience that will elevate the guest’s stay by awaking their senses, and at the same time will make them feel welcomed and part of an unforgettable experience. The hotel will become a destination and hotspot for visitors to the city, whether they are business travelers, leisure travelers or London residents.

Lime Blue Solutions has recently launched an exciting charitable initiative to maximise the company’s employee and corporate fundraising ability. The company is giving its employees the opportunity to raise money for their favourite charity with Lime Blue Solution’s added support as well as their design partner Symbius!

Each month an employee will have the chance to ‘host’ their own fundraising event, promote it within the company and externally to get as many people on-board to raise money for local as well as national and international charities.

“This is a great way to harness the company’s fundraising ability and create a feeling of goodwill amongst our employees, as well as raising the profile of the company. We have some great ideas for 2016 and these will create perfect opportunities for team building too” says Nicola Miller, Managing Director.

The HBAA has announced the launch of their online charity auction as a result of their Big Site Visit on 3-7 September. The auction, which will run until the first week of December, invites participants to bid on a range of prizes including fantastic overnight and weekend stays, spa days and fine dining experiences.

Each week the site will auction lots generously provided by HBAA member venues with proceeds being split between two industry foundations - Meeting Needs, which delivers life changing assistance to those in need both in the UK and overseas, and the HBAA Foundation which supports the development and retention of talent in the hospitality and meetings sector.

Highlights from the first week of the auction include two nights stay at the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, two nights stay at the 5* Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria and a Beatles Story one night stay at Malmaison Liverpool.

Jacqui Kavanagh, HBAA chair commented: “Following the success of the Big Site Visit, we’re very excited to announce the launch of our online auction. The generosity of our members never ceases to amaze and the range and quality of prizes we have on offer is incredible.

“Both Meeting Needs and the HBAA Foundation are crucial to improving lives as well as bolstering the development of our industry and we believe it is our responsibility to use our sector influence and networks to support such pivotal causes.”

To view and bid on the auction lots please click here: http://www.bsv2015-auction.com/lite-ui/#home

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