Brook Hotels saves 400 jobs by buying six ex Swallow Hotels

29 September 2006
Brook Hotels saves 400 jobs by buying six ex Swallow Hotels

Kent's Brook Hotels has bought six ex-Swallow hotels from administrators Ernst & Young, safeguarding 400 jobs.

The package deal for an undisclosed sum was completed early this week and takes Brook's portfolio to 14 properties.

Brook said it would be spending a "substantial" amount upgrading its newly acquired hotels to the four-star standard of its existing estate.

Managing director Umesh Ummat said: "This acquisition is very significant to the continuing expansion of the group."

The hotels included in the deal are the Beverley Arms in East Yorkshire; Crabwall Manor hotel, Chester; New Bath hotel in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire; Bank House hotel and golf club, Worcester; Kingston Lodge hotel, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey; Whitehall hotel in Dunmow, Essex.

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By Chris Druce

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