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AWARD-WINNING HAND PICKED HOTELS SHOWCASES BUSINESS OFFERING AT INTERNATIONAL CONFEX 2013

Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 17 country house hotels across the UK and Jersey, will showcase its latest business facilities as well as launch the new Hand Picked Business Meetings and Events booking service at International Confex at Excel London 19 - 21 March 2013.

Winner of AA Large Hotel Group of the Year 2012-2013, Hand Picked Hotels is the perfect choice for any meeting, event, training or conference – from large scale events with 300 delegates, or exclusive use, to a more intimate boardroom setting.

Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive, Hand Picked Hotels, said: “We have developed an inspirational approach to corporate business with our meetings etc brand. Time away from the office can be the best investment a company can make to boost motivation, creativity and new ideas. Meetings etc. is designed to deliver a bespoke experience to every company that books with us. All hotels have free wifi in the public areas and an electronic support packs with an emailable printer and wireless presenters as well as priority reserved parking for the organiser.

“We have invested more than £100 million in restoring and developing the hotels and have created new spa/health club offerings and the latest meeting and conference facilities, backed by state-of-the-art technology, within a heritage setting.

“Our acquisition of Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, which will join the collection in the autumn 2013, has given us a strategic presence in the south-west and we are looking to buy another two hotels to enhance our geographical spread and strengthen our position as the UK’s leading collection of country house hotels.”

The newly launched Hand Picked Business Meetings and Events Desk benefits from a small, highly experienced and knowledgeable team who work with live availability across the Hand Picked Hotels collection to respond to single or multi-site enquiries within 2 or 4 hours respectively.

All bookers are eligible to become associate members of The Club, Hand Picked Hotels’ loyalty programme where points can be exchanged for hotel rewards or retail vouchers.

Hand Picked Hotels introduced meetings etc last year, its bespoke business brand which delivers a fresh approach for board meetings, events, training workshops or conferences, offering exceptional value in spectacular surroundings at one of the former private country houses, seven with spa and health clubs. All the hotels are close to major gateways, regional airports and rail stations, with seven in easy reach of London, and are ideal for exclusive corporate events and for outdoor team building activities in the grounds.

For more information on booking a stay with Hand Picked Hotels, visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk or call 0845 458 0905.

Media enquiries to: marion.hardman@fourcommunications.com or 07961 578 401 or 020 023 9030

About Hand Picked Hotels

Hand Picked Hotels created by former City lawyer Julia Hands, is the leading collection of architecturally splendid country house hotels, with an exciting new approach to business for companies looking for an inspirational setting for board meetings, events, training or conferences. The award-winning hotels offer the opportunity to focus on the business without the distractions of the office, with imaginative event organisation, the very latest technology, exquisite food, fine wines and excellent service by Hand Picked people in stylish, relaxing surroundings. There are 17 classically British hotels across the UK, with locations ranging from North London, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire, to Birmingham, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Edinburgh and Jersey. All the hotels are close to major gateways, regional airports and rail stations, with seven in easy reach of London. Hand Picked Hotels has won an impressive number of awards, with 16 hotels awarded two AA rosette status and Norton House in Edinburgh recognised with three AA rosettes. Eight hotels have achieved red star status - the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. Seven of the hotels have spas offering the latest therapies and treatments to promote wellbeing and relaxation.

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