Kelly Jolliffe, Group Director of Sales at Somerston, was recently interviewed by recruitment website Salestarget.co.uk for their '20 questions' feature.
Kelly talks about flogging Creme Eggs for £10 to an unsuspecting sister, how she got her start in the hotel industry, selling ice to Eskimos and why Keith Griffiths, our MD, is the person she most admires in our industry.
Visit '20 questions with Kelly Jolliffe' to learn more about Kelly and get an insight into why she's such an asset to Somerston and has led her team to their second consecutive nomination at the National Sales Awards.
Somerston Sales Team shortlisted in National Sales Awards 2012
For the second consecutive year our Sales Team have been shortlisted for Field Sales Team of the Year at the National Sales Awards.
Finalists for the National Sales Awards were chosen from the hundreds of businesses and individuals that entered,and the next step for our team is to deliver a presentation to a panel of expert judges who will determine category winners which will be revealed at the awards ceremony on the 6th November in London.
All of the sales teams that have been announced as finalists will take part in short filmed interviews, with content from the winners in each category viewed at a special screening where judges will vote for the Sales Team of the Year.
Now in its 16th year, the National Sales Awards, in partnership with Huthwaite International recognise the outstanding collective contribution of the UK’s sales teams and individuals to the economic recovery with a focus on ethical, smart and professional selling.
The team, led by Kelly Jolliffe, will be pitted against teams from bluechip organisations and high profile organisations including Telefonica, LivingSocial and IHG, demonstrating the quality of the field.
Refurbishments unveiled in Swansea, Chingford and Droitwich
Somerston's own Olympic Torchbearer lights up the streets
We were extraordinarily proud when Paul Jasper of Holiday Inn Express London Luton Airport was selected to carry the Torch ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and all the training, excitement and anticipation built up to his special moment on Saturday 23rd June.
At around 6.50am Paul took hold of the Olympic flame to run a double-leg of the Torch Relay through the town of Lytham St. Annes in the North West of England. Cheered on by friends, family and well-wishers, Paul did himself and us proud and enjoyed every second of his once-in-lifetime-opportunity.
The countdown to the Games is on and we're thrilled that Paul was able to experience the Torch Relay.
Name change reflects Dartford hotel's proximity to the Capital
We're pleased today to announce that the hotel formerly known at Holiday Inn Express Dartford Bridge has been formally renamed, and will now be known as Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford.
The change of title relects the hotel's convenience for visiting London. Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford is already being seen as a great value option for guests visiting the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as it can be accessed in as little as 30 minutes by using the nearby Ebbsfleet train station which connects directly to Stratford. Rooms are available over the Games period, with rates from just £89.99 including our free Express Start breakfast buffet with hot and continental selections.
Our Dartford hotel is located just off Junction 1A of the M25 and gives easy access to both London and Kent, the Garden of England. We'll be updating our websites and signage in the coming weeks to reflect the name change.
All new TVs at four hotels
Guests at our Holiday Inn Express hotels at East Midlands Airport, Newport, Hemel Hempstead and Cambridge can kick back and relax in their comfortable guestrooms and enjoy an even better stay thanks to the arrival of new 32-inch flatscreen TVs from this week. The installation of the TVs is the latest example of our ongoing efforts to ensure that guests at our hotels have a great stay with every visit.
Come back soon to learn about some exciting refurbishment news!
Holiday Inn 2012 marketing campaign kicks off in style
We're delighted that Holiday Inn’s brand new TV advert, starring BMX star Shanaze Reade, is now showing. This launch marks the start of a campaign designed to inform guests about the Holiday Inn brand family being the Official Hotel Partner of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
The campaign will include TV, radio, cinema, outdoor and online advertising as well as some really innovative PR using new ‘augmented reality’ technology. To learn what augmented reality is all about take a look at this fantastic 'Making of' video.
It's that time of year again when the cream of the crop from Somerston's hotels and central office are honoured at our Annual Awards ceremony, hosted for the second year running at Hampton by Hilton Liverpool City Centre. After inspirational speeches by our very own Keith Griffiths and 12-time Paralympic medallist Marc Woods, we were delighted to announce our very worthy winners.
Hotel of the Year 2011 - Holiday Inn Express Lincoln City Centre General Manager of the Year 2011 - Fiona Frawley, Holiday Inn Express Oldbury and Stoke on Trent Deputy Manager of the Year 2011 - Gemma Goodwin, Holiday Inn Express Northampton Employee of the Year 2011 - Merryn Pollard, Holiday Inn Express Exeter Employee of the Year 2011 Runner-Up - Darren Cooper, Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport Employee of the Year 2011 2nd Runner-Up - Laura Roseweir, Holiday Inn Express Stirling Food & Beverage Hotel of the Year 2011 - Holiday Inn Express Warwick - Stratford-upon-Avon Special Recognition Award - Beverly Flint Sales Hotel of the Year 2011 - Holiday Inn Express Milton Keynes Guest Satisfaction Hotel of the Year 2011 - Holiday Inn Express Newport Contract Housekeeper of the Year 2011 - Liva Mika, Hampton by Hilton Liverpool City Centre Training & Development Award - Fiona Scott, Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront Training & Development Award - Sub Iyer, Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich and London Hammersmith
Congratulations to everyone who was recognised at the event and to Steve Williamson, Phillippa Brendon and all those involved in organising the event.