Professional Beauty Awards 2012

Professional Beauty Awards 2012



Country house hotel collection, Hand Picked Hotels, has been awarded ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Professional Beauty Awards 2012, recognising excellence in spa and beauty since 1997. 

Hand Picked Hotels entered the ‘Employer of the Year 21 employees or more’ category and went through a rigorous judging process which included written applications, online questionnaires, interviews and presentations. The Clubhouse Spas at Virgin Atlantic Airways, Independent Mindbodysoul and Skin Health Spa were also shortlisted for the award but Hand Picked Hotels was the worthy winner and took away the trophy on the awards evening, Sunday 4 March 2012.

The awards gala dinner, hosted by comedian Rufus Hound, was held at the Hilton Park Lane and more than 700 guests from the UK & overseas attended. Joining Hand Picked Hotels in the celebrations, Pure Spa, The Potting Shed, Bodylines and The Cosmetic Skin Clinic were among the 12 winners of the Professional Beauty Awards 2012.

Lesley Bacon, Group Health Club and Spa Manager commented: “We are delighted to win this award. We focus on delivering exceptional treatments by employing highly skilled therapists and investing in their training so it is fantastic that this is being recognised. Current spa managers have been internally promoted and they have been instrumental in the continued development and operational and financial success of the spa product within Hand Picked Hotels.”

In the last year, Hand Picked Hotels has increased the number of beauty brands it uses in order to provide its clients with the most extensive and updated spa menus possible. Therefore, all the therapists across the spa group, seven hotels of 17, have been trained to the highest standards in at least one new product house. Hand Picked Hotels continually runs internal training to make this possible and the spa teams take part in all courses including the group’s award-winning customer service programme, Being Hand Picked. Hand Picked Hotels uses products from Elemis, the UKs leading skincare brand, as well as new treatments from brands including Comfort Zone, NEOM organics, Lava Shells, Bamboo massage, Gel Nails by Jessica, Speizia Organics, Fake Bake tanning and Bare Essentuals mineral make up to keep the product current.

With seven Hand Picked Hotel spa destinations across Britain, guests have the choice between staying close to home or travelling further afield for their spa experience. The spa hotels include Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa in Kent, Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa in Surrey, Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa in Cheshire, New Hall Hotel & Spa in North Birmingham, Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in West Yorkshire, Norton House Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh and L’Horizon Hotel & Spa in Jersey.

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Notes to editors:
Pictured from right to left:
• Lisa McDonald, Spa Manager, Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa
• Amanda Sansom, Spa Manager, Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa
• Carla Allen, Spa Manager, Norton House Hotel & Spa
• Lesley Bacon, Group Health Club & Spa Manager
• Lesley Pritt, Head of Quality and Training
• Rebecca Smitten, Spa Manager, Wood Hall Hotel & Spa
• Helen Wynne, Projects Manager
• Amanda Cooper, Spa Manager, Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa
• Charlotte Holloway, Senior Therapist, New Hall Hotel & Spa
• Olivia Peach, Spa Manager, New Hall Hotel & Spa

For further press information or images, please contact Marion Hardman or Lois Kettlewell at Four Communications on 020 3023 9030 or
About Hand Picked Hotels
The award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection, created by former City lawyer Julia Hands, are luxurious country house hotels renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and excellent service in stylish, relaxing surroundings. There are 17 hotels across the UK, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to Yorkshire and Edinburgh.  Hand Picked Hotels has focused on the quality of its service and cuisine and in the last three years 16 hotels have achieved two AA rosette status with Norton House in Edinburgh winning three AA rosettes.  Eight hotels have achieved red star status, being recognised as amongst the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland.  Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa has been awarded and retains 5 bubbles from the Good Spa Guide.




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