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Hotel power list features Gloucestershire business talent

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 27 April 2020 15:41

Hotel power list features Gloucestershire business talent

In a sector broadsided below the waterline by the coronavirus pandemic we bring you some good news from the hotel sector for Gloucestershire. 

Sector publication Boutique Hotelier has published its 2020 power list, ranking everything from industry titans, business leaders and marketing marvels to young trailblazers and unsung heroes. 

Finding their way into the mix are two Gloucestershire businessmen – one very well-known indeed, but less often for achievements in the hotel trade. 

“The annual guide celebrates the owners, operators and business leaders who are integral to the growth and success of hotels up and down the country, and bring some much-needed good news to the sector. 

“From the chief executives and managing directors, to the general managers and senior heads of departments, the 2020 Power List provides a rundown of those who are inspiring their business to hit new heights,” said the website, which left it up to the industry to do the voting. 

Among the 50 winners across the categories is one Julian Dunkerton (pictured below), perhaps best-known for his empire building at fashion chain Superdry – turning it into a world-wide brand before stepping down then coming back to help re-establish its fortunes.

Back in 2018 he took full control of small group of hotels and restaurants built up in the Cotswolds and Cheltenham run by Sam and Georgie Pearman, called The Lucky Onion. 

The group includes boutique hotel No. 131, The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, No. 38 The Park, The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, The Crown Inn, Minchinhampton, and The Tavern restaurant. 

His commitment to the hotel trade was underlined this year by the launch of The Cult Hotel Group, with Cheltenham’s The George hotel to the fore. 

No stranger to publicity, Mr Dunkerton sees himself ranked among such luminaries of the hotel world as Olga and Alex Polizzi, owners, The Polizzi Collection. 

In the business leaders category another Gloucestershire name checks in - Stephen Browning, general manager, Dormy House on the Farncombe Estate, near Broadway, in the Cotswolds. 

According to the Boutique Hotelier Mr Browning “had big shoes to fill, taking over from Pim Wolfs, butwas armedwith extensive experience of driving excellence at hotels up and down the country”. 

It helped that he accumulated extensive experience working for the Exclusive Collection as general manager of The Manor House in Castle Combe for nine years, which also entailed running the 12-bedroom Castle Inn. 

Dormy House is a 38-bedroom hotel and spa with three restaurants. Last year saw the hotel achieve record revenue and in February this year it launched a new ‘mega suite’ and music den.