Ho­tel takeover pure Bliss for new own­ers

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

THE Ra­mada Plaza Ho­tel in South­port has new own­ers. The team be­hind Bliss In­vest­ment Part­ners (BIP) say they are “hugely ex­cited” by their ac­qui­si­tion, which they aim to use to grow the com­pany across the UK.

The Ra­mada Plaza em­ploys more than 100 mem­bers of staff and is the the top-rated ho­tel in South­port ac­cord­ing to Tri­pAd­vi­sor. It also holds the dis­tin­guished Trav­ellers Choice Award.

BIP aims to work with the suc­cess­ful team in charge at the ho­tel: gen­eral man­ager, Enda Ry­lands; deputy man­ager Lisa Lit­tle and sales of­fice man­ager Nicky Good­win.

With Royal Birk­dale host­ing the Open Golf Cham­pi­onship in 2017, the ho­tel will re­main a prime des­ti­na­tion for tourists and pro­fes­sion­als alike.

BIP man­ag­ing part­ners, Robert Ag­steribbe and Daniel Broch, said: “We are hugely ex­cited about this ac­qui­si­tion. We love the busi­ness and par­tic­u­larly the great team of peo­ple; we’re so pleased that Enda, Lisa and Nicky will be join­ing us as fel­low share­hold­ers in the new­ly­formed com­pany, Bliss Ho­tels.

“We are also very proud to be a sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness in South­port and we’re keen to dis­cover more about our new lo­ca­tion.

“Bliss Ho­tels is a new ven­ture for us. This ac­qui­si­tion locks in a great prop­erty with an es­tab­lished and highly-ef­fec­tive man­age­ment team which pro­vides the per­fect plat­form from which to grow the com­pany across fur­ther lo­ca­tions in the UK.”

Ra­mada Plaza Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager, Enda Ry­lands, said: “We are de­lighted BIP has stepped in, which is no co­in­ci­dence, as BIP joint man­ag­ing part­ner, Robert Ag­steribbe, orig­i­nally set the ho­tel up eight years ago.

“In my six years as gen­eral man­ager, the ho­tel has es­tab­lished it­self as a firm favourite in the area for leisure guests vis­it­ing our won­der­ful sea­side re­sort, for con­fer­ence clients and for events, whether it be wed­dings, char­ity func­tions or sports­man’s din­ners.

“With BIP’s sup­port and com­mit­ment we look for­ward to achiev­ing even greater suc­cess in the fu­ture.”

Ho­tel deputy man­ager, Lisa Lit­tle, said: “For us it means lo­cal con­trol and jobs for lo­cal peo­ple, real com­mu­nity own­er­ship.

“The ho­tel cur­rently em­ploys over 100 staff and we want to use this op­por­tu­nity to re­vi­talise the ho­tel again in 2017.

“With ex­cit­ing new plans and the bril­liant Marine Brasserie in our leisure as­sets, we are con­fi­dent we are go­ing from a great ho­tel to a truly amaz­ing one.

“With this be­ing very much in line with South­port’s vi­sion for growth plan, this back­ing is the spring­board we need.”

Ho­tel sales of­fice man­ager, Nicky Good­win, said: “Hav­ing been part of the ini­tial open­ing team back in 2008, this feels like the start of a new be­gin­ning for the ho­tel.

“I have en­joyed the first eight years cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful ho­tel and to be part of the team look­ing to its fu­ture suc­cess is an amaz­ing feel­ing.”

Gen­eral man­ager Enda Ry­lands and as­sis­tant man­ager Lisa Lit­tle, pic­tured be­low, will be work­ing with the new own­ers of The Ra­mada Plaza Ho­tel

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