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A UK First: Academy Hotel To Open In Greater Manchester

Jill Burdett on a brave new initiative to hit Oldham but for the region to benefit

Published on February 24th 2012.

A UK First: Academy Hotel To Open In Greater Manchester

A DEAL has finally been agreed to build a new hospitality academy hotel, the first of its kind in the UK.

Hotels in Manchester employ 9,000 people and generate £1bn to the city economy, it is a vitally important sector.

After trying to find a site in city centre Manchester for the last five years Manchester Confidential understands that the £40m project will now be built in Oldham.

The Manchester Hoteliers Association which is behind the idea is expected to confirm the exact location next month.

A spokesman said: “We have signed the agreements and hope to be on site by the end of this year and open for late 2013. It is a tight timescale but this is a crucial initiative for our industry.

“It’s a real coup for the region and it is only because everyone is so connected and ambitious that we have been able to pull it off.”

Previous possible locations have included Whitworth Street, the former Boddingtons Brewery site and within the Co-op’s NOMA development.

Hotel Future will be an 'up-scale', fully functioning hotel with 80 bedrooms, a destination bar, two restaurants, spa facility, lecture theatre, meeting rooms and a terrace adapted at design stage to accommodate teaching.

The project is being privately funded and it will be run as a charitable trust with any profits re-invested in the hotel.

The aim is to provide top level training across all sectors and levels of the hospitality industry for around 200 apprentices a year and shorter courses for management and professional development.

The curriculum and accreditation is being co-ordinated by Manchester College, Oldham College and Rochdale College and the hotel will employ 33 full-time professional staff.

The spokesman said: “Hospitality is the fourth biggest industry in the country. Hotels in Manchester employ 9,000 people and generate £1bn to the city economy, it is a vitally important sector.

“To provide a top class service we have to give staff the right skills and training and this academy hotel will take that provision to a different level.

“At the moment the hospitality industry is not highly respected in this country but we expect this initiative to help change that and expect competition for places to be tough. We want to train the next generation who see hospitality as a rewarding and worthwhile career.”

The hotel will get revenue from both paying guests and from government for providing training apprenticeships.

As the MHA spokesman said: “Students will be delivering a real life experience to real life guests spending their hard earned money. What better training can you get?”

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2012.

Actually as yourstory makes clear but the headline does not this fantastic new venture will not be in manchester but in oldham.

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kisscurlFebruary 25th 2012.

That depends how you look at it, we (Oldham) are part of Greater Manchester!

HarveyFebruary 24th 2012.

Given that Oldham centre is about seven miles from Manchester this is all the same.

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AnonymousFebruary 24th 2012.

Granted but this proposal has been around for the last five years with nothing happening. I think we should recognise that the council in Oldham worked really hard in the last few months to make a reality of it all.

Elizabeth AllenFebruary 25th 2012.

the headline says Greater Manchester - Oldham is Greater Manchester - the headline is pretty clear....

MaggieFebruary 25th 2012.

We have eaten a couple of times at the L'Escuela de Hoteleria in Benalmedina Pueblo, Spain. The restaurant is so popular that you have book 2-3 months in advance because the quality of the food is so good. If this academy can emulate their standard I for one will happily travel to Oldham to try it out. What all the 'negatives' in this rant fail to recognise is that this is a fantastic opportunity to put the Greater Manchester food scene on the map - get with the programme!

Jonathan SchofieldFebruary 25th 2012.

Maggie, well said. Of course it is wonderful news and the minor point of geography is irrelevant.

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MaggieFebruary 27th 2012.

Jonathan, i'll write you a review next time I go there if you are willing to pay my travel expenses....................well, woth a try!!

MaggieFebruary 27th 2012.

I'll write you a review next time I go if ManCon are willing to pay my travel expenses..........................well, it was worth a try!!

Reader XxxFebruary 26th 2012.

To have the national Hosptality academy in Manchester sends a real message!!!!

This is an industry led project. Mancs should be very proud that we have chosen yourCity.

With the Metro link the Travel to Learn time will be 20 mins.....if you attend a course in London they will not be in May fair or Kensington .

Thank you. Charlie and your team for your support

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