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Sketchley Grange Bolsters Team with Two Key Appointments

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Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is delighted to announce two exciting new additions that will strengthen its management team.

Jo Phillips has been appointed as Sales Manager, while Ian Reynolds takes on the role of Restaurant Manager at this four-star hotel, which is operated by Focus Hotels Management.

Jo, 42, began working at Sketchley Grange in August with the ambition of working with an independent operator, which she felt opened up more opportunities to build and invest in longer-term relationships – both locally and nationally.

“The property itself appealed to me straight away as it looks amazing,” explains Jo. “The hotel is back on the radar after an ongoing refurbishment project ensuring it is competitive not just in the local market, but also stamping its mark in the Midlands as a key destination.”

Jo, who lives in Leicestershire, has enjoyed a varied career in customer-facing sales roles, and is excited about bringing her experience to this position.

She says: “Since taking the appointment I have thoroughly enjoyed being the face of Sketchley Grange and I have had the opportunity to meet with many local businesses whilst receiving sponsorship requests too, and I can see the huge potential for business at the hotel.

“We already have a substantial amount of business on the books for Christmas and for the New Year and in my opinion the future is looking very bright.”

Ian, 51, joined Sketchley as Restaurant Manager in July and has spent 19 years in the hospitality sector, his previous position being food and beverage manager at Scalford Hall Hotel in Melton Mowbray.

“I’m absolutely loving it here,” he says. “Sketchley is a very modern, high-tempo hotel and I really like the recent refurbishment they’ve done. When I saw it at the job interview I knew I only wanted to go to one place.”

Ian started his catering career as a kitchen porter at Loughborough University, working his way up to assistant cook, chef de partie, sous chef, head chef and then executive chef before stepping out of the sector for a sales management role at a mobile phone company, returning to hospitality again 13 years later.

“I’m looking forward to bringing real stability to the restaurant team,” he adds. “Training and developing the staff appealed to me about the role, and I’ll be using my experience in hospitality to make us stronger going forward.

“My aim is to add to the already flourishing reputation that the Garden Restaurant has by driving the service standards and products that all of our guests over the years have come to expect.”

For more information about Sketchley Grange, call 01455 251133 or visit

Focus Hotels Management is a leading independent hospitality company with a UK portfolio of 16 hotels, with more than 1,500 bedrooms.

As well as operating independent hotels, including Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa and Oxford Witney Hotel, the company also operates hotels under franchise agreements with Hilton, Accor and IHG.

For more information, call 01707 266 156 or visit

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