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Hotel opens in a historic city building

The new Park Inn By Radisson Glasgow City Centre, part of The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has opened following a multi-million pound investment in the historic grade two listed Pearl Assurance building on the corner of West George Street and Renfield Street. The contemporary new Park Inn

by Radisson Glasgow City Centre features a self-check-in area, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, on- site gym and an internet kiosk. Forty new jobs have been created as a result of the opening. Designed by Robert Alexander

Bryden, who was born in Glasgow on 7 July 1841, the six-storey Pearl Assurance building was built in 1900 for General Life Assurance and boasts many original features including polished red ashlar stonework, sash and case windows as well as


Craig Kennedy, Senior Manager Commercial, SME Banking, Scotland South, Bank of Scotland

The newly

refurbished Park Inn

polished granite stair and balustrade which have been loving restored in collaboration with Historic Scotland. The opening marks the return of

the Park Inn by Radisson brand to the city after the former Park Inn at Buchanan Bus Station, which was managed by Park Inn on behalf of another company, was converted into high-quality student acccommodation.

Describe your role/job? I manage and develop a team of 10 Relationship Managers who look after more than 1,500 SMEs with turnover up to £25 million, primarily in the Glasgow area. My key role is to support my team so that we consistently deliver excellent customer service and help our clients achieve their strategic objectives.

What skills do you bring to the table/are required in your role? It is the ability to see the “bigger strategic picture” when working with our clients and their advisers, and help deliver the necessary support for them. Having an abundance of “grey hairs” also helps when dealing with situations/challenges that some of the younger members of my team may not have come across before. In addition, my extensive professional network enables me to bring in the right support and/or introduce the right people to a client opportunity or situation.

The Holiday Inn Express has been refurbished


Fresh new look for established Glasgow hotel

The Holiday Inn Express, the Glasgow Theatreland hotel owned by hospitality entrepreneur Maurice Taylor, has unveiled a new look, as a result of a six-figure investment. This is the third major renovation

project at the 118 bedroom hotel, which opened in Glasgow city centre in 1999, and which is located adjacent to its four star, sister hotel, Holiday Inn Theatreland in West Nile Street. In 2003 the hotel, which originally

opened as a 98-bedroom property was extended to incorporate 20 additional bedrooms. In 2010, as a part of a $1 billion brand relaunch, every one of the Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn Theatreland Glasgow’s 234 bedrooms – including 23 executive and feature rooms and three exclusive penthouse suites, together with all en suite bathrooms – were given a fresh, contemporary new look. The refurbishment works have

seen a transformation in all of the hotel’s public areas, with the lounge, bar and the hotel’s Great Room – from which guests are served complimentary breakfast – all benefiting from a change of image to bring it more into line with its award- winning four-star neighbour.

What has been your career highpoint? As I feel I’ve a good few years ahead of me I believe the best is yet to come! I’m someone who looks forward and tries to do the best I can everyday for my clients and colleagues. My team and I have the ability to change lives for the better and it’s important that we use this wisely. Maybe once I’ve hung up my boots I’ll reflect on my career and hopefully one or two things will stand out that I’ll be particularly proud of, especially around making a difference to clients and colleagues.

What’s the best thing about Glasgow Chamber of Commerce? The attitude and energy of everyone involved from staff, fellow directors, and members who all want to make a difference for Glasgow, its businesses and its people. If I could bottle and sell it then that would be my “career highpoint”!

What one thing would you wish for Glasgow between now and 2014? That everyone who has the city’s best interests at heart continue to do all they can to show the world that this is a great place to visit and do business in.

What do you do to relax at the weekend? Catch up with friends and family over good food and wine. Also, continue with my training to tick off a sub-40min 10k from my “bucket list”!

Name your favourite book/ film/album? » Book: Hard Times by Charles Dickens – as relevant today as it was when first written. » Film: It’s a Wonderful Life – the ultimate feel-good film. » Album: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys – a groundbreaking and timeless album which still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1966.

What four guests would you choose for a dinner party (two living, two dead)? » Danny Baker (broadcaster) for his great stories from the British music scene in the 1970s/80s. » Adam Smith (economist) to hear his views on the current economic environment and challenges. » Woody Allen (comedian) for his views on life, the universe and everything. » Ernest Shackleton (explorer) to learn more about his leadership skills in very challenging circumstances.

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