Nick Holmes, MD of Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham, has received one of the highest industry accolades after being shortlisted for a major award.
Nick has made it down to the final three in the ‘Manager of the Year’ category of the Caterer and Hotelkeeper ‘Catey’ Awards, regarded as the hospitality industry’s Oscars and recognising the sector’s highest flyers, strongest performers and best brands, as determined by industry insiders.
The final award winner will be announced on 1 July at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel where Nick will be up against Erick Kervaon from the Bingham in Richmond-upon-Thames and Peter Avis of the Babylon at The Roof Gardens in London.
Other categories in the Catey Awards include Best Employer, Hotel of the Year, Education and Training and Restaurateur of the Year. Rockliffe Hall is the only hotel in the North of England to have made it onto the shortlisted entries.
Nick Holmes career to date has spanned 35 years starting at Gleneagles Hotel during the 80s as one of the executive management team, before becoming general manager of the 4 star Craigendarroch Hotel in Ballater, near Aberdeen, and then opening Cameron House, on the banks of Loch Lomond, as resort managing director. Nick then became involved with the development of a number of award winning golf and leisure projects in the Midlands and the South West and joined Rockliffe Hall, pre-opening, in 2008.
Speaking about making it to the final three of the Catey Award, Nick Holmes said: “The industry is so full of talented individuals and it’s a privilege to work with so many at Rockliffe Hall, meet so many on my travels and constantly learn from so many. To have made this incredibly prestigious shortlist is such an honour and I’ll be flying the flag for the North of England. These awards are considered the most high profile in the hospitality and catering sector as they are decided by industry insiders and experts so it’ll be quite an exciting ceremony to attend later this year.”
Earlier this month (April), Rockliffe Hall announced that it had been shortlisted for VisitEngland’s ‘Large Hotel of the Year’, a title it also clinched in 2012. The 5* resort is the only hotel in the North of England to have made VisitEngland’s final five in the Large Hotel category and will compete against other properties including Burleigh Court in Loughborough and Peckforton Castle in Tarporley, Cheshire at the awards being held at Cheltenham Racecourse on 12 May.