We’re delighted to announce that we’ve recently started working with another new client: Golden Bay Holiday Village, which is in the heart of Westward Ho! on the breath-taking North Devon coastline.
This exclusive community of luxury holiday homes, beach cottages and surf lodges is fronted by a two-mile sandy beach and has stunning panoramic coastal views across Bideford Bay to Lundy Island.
Chris Hall, co-owner of the family-run village, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Porcupine and are very much looking forward to benefiting from the team’s experience and expertise in the future.
“Golden Bay is first and foremost a beautiful holiday village and it commands one of the most picturesque sea front positions imaginable. Those that come here have a passion for the area and a love for the scenery, which is paramount.”
Golden Bay offers a variety of self-catering holiday homes to suit every budget, from standard accommodation to luxury two-storey homes looking out to sea and provides the perfect base for a short break or family holiday.
Visitors to the village can also enjoy direct access to a Blue Flag beach and are close to the South West Coastal Path, historic places of interest and to various wildlife and birdwatching spots.
The village’s shops and eateries are a short stroll away and Golden Bay, which is pet-free, is centrally located for many north Devon family attractions and places of interest.
Our MD, Rachel said: “Golden Bay Holiday Village is a wonderful place with views across the sea that are divine. The team is dedicated to providing the very best in customer service and this really stands out. We’re very excited about working together.”
Golden Bay also sells properties to individuals and operates a ‘buy-to-let’ scheme.
Chris continued: “We provide the perfect hideaway for those wanting a quiet second home or a holiday bolthole and, unlike other similar sites, we offer some properties for a 12-month season, enabling owners to use their holiday home whenever they wish.”
Buy-to-let purchasers can also enjoy a return on their properties and owners can have regular holidays on site too.
Golden Bay’s new development, Lighthouse View, has been built specifically for the holiday buy-to-let market and all-year-round use. Each of the spacious, modern properties has three bedrooms and offers a 999-year lease.
Chris added: “We offer a second to none letting service, both for our own properties and for those owners who wish to let their holiday homes with as little input as possible, so laundry and cleaning are all taken care of, along with advertising, bookings, pre-heating the properties and generally making sure that every stay with us represents the best experience possible.”
For more information about Golden Bay Holiday Village, please call 01237 474161, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.goldenbayholidays.co.uk or log on to www.facebook.com/GoldenBayHols/ or follow @GoldenBayHols.
A NEW recruitment agency specialising in the hospitality industry and using the latest in hi-tech equipment to match-up employers and employees has officially launched its headquarters in Weston-super-Mare this week (February 5, 2018).
AAA Recruitment has opened offices at Oldmixon Crescent and will be using its new premises to provide assistance to restaurants, hotels and tourist-based businesses nationwide via the latest technology.
Managing Director, Andrew Tregenza, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, explained: “We are introducing innovative methods of matching employers and employees, so that both parties fully understand the commitment to the role. We’re fairly unusual, as we aim to match people’s personalities, as well as skill sets. We also ensure that the candidates understand what is expected in the role and that the position provides all the tick boxes for their individual career development.
“As a result, we provide a very personal and straightforward approach, as we understand time is precious and valuable to our clients. We aim to take pressure away and to fill each vacancy personally. We also realise it is important to keep clients up to date and give them a straightforward approach to recruitment and we use technology to help us do this.
“In order to meet the demands of the modern jobseeker, we offer FaceTime or Skype interviews to candidates. Busy people wanting a career change can e-meet us via FaceTime or similar applications and find out about the roles we have to offer. The same applies to those wishing to fill vacancies, we’re using technology like this to help save time, money and the world’s invaluable resources.”
All of the directors and employees at AAA come from a hospitality background and understand the pressures of working in that environment. Andrew believes that employing a new member of staff requires a relationship building approach.
“Bringing in technology doesn’t make our method impersonal, it in fact enhances it and gives us an added dimension. I’ve worked in human resources and recruitment all my working life and have been employed by many top hotel chains nationally including Kew Green Hotels, Four Pillars Hotels and Corus Hotels. I also worked on recruiting some of the staff for the 2012 Olympics.
“We decided to select Weston-super-Mare for our headquarters as it’s an iconic tourist-industry-orientated town and has many fast-growing and strong hospitality companies at its backbone.
“We love it here and are committed to employing local people within the business and helping others in the area find employment. Weston-super-Mare is growing fast and people are looking for the services we provide and the contacts we have when it comes to head hunting and matching employers and employees.
“We’re keen to provide a service to any local business looking for hospitality staff but we’re not just centred on this part of the world and the Westcountry. We have vacancies all over the country currently including Anglesey in Wales and across to Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the South East as well as further afield.”
The team at AAA Recruitment has a wealth of experience and knowledge in restaurants, hotels and leisure parks and specialises in capturing the very best talent through advertising, networking and head hunting.
For further details, please call 0345 163 2170, visit www.aaatrainingandrecruitment.co.uk or follow the company on Twitter at @AAA_Recruitment or log on to www.facebook.com/AAARecruitmentAndTraining/.
We’ve recently been taken on by a fast-growing, responsive, customer-driven website design agency with its head office in Bridgwater, Somerset and a sister office in Marble Arch Tower, London.
Director and founder of the business, Alex Locke says: “We’re delighted to have signed up the Porcupine PR team to help with our publicity going forward. We’re working together to maximise awareness of our brand and encourage opportunities to grow the business.
“We’ve many years’ experience in designing, building and delivering bespoke and innovative websites, including complex ecommerce sites, which have been created to help increase clients’ sales and meet their specific needs.
“Our clients include start-ups, SMEs and multi-nationals and we have a proven track record of sustaining a long-term commitment to them to create and develop tailor-made websites, often with a design twist, which become their most powerful marketing tool.
“We take the time to get to know our customers, to listen to them and to appreciate what makes them unique. We meet them in their business environment and get to understand what it is they need from a website, whether it’s a static, content managed site or a full ecommerce one. So, now we need more people to know about us further afield and professional PR will help us with this.”
Media Orb specialises in website design and development, ecommerce sites, web hosting and support, print, branding, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), web security and social media marketing.
“Our clients receive a professional service that is sympathetic to their budgets and time scales, big or small, and we can even help them with their content.
“But we’re not just about building a site and then disappearing, we also offer marketing assistance, as there is no point in having a new and whizzy website if no one can find it. So, our online marketing kit includes search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media assistance too.”
Media Orb provides free phone-based and ticket-based technical support and its team pledges to be completely customer-focused.
Our MD, Rachel Burks said: “Media Orb is a new generation website design agency and we’re very much looking forward to working with them. When calling Media Orb you can talk to an expert, who is a friendly, approachable human being, and their service mantra is not to let anyone down, which is very much like our own. The solutions they provide are also easy to use and full training is given, which is a breath of fresh air when it comes to web companies.”
For further details, please contact Media Orb, which has its headquarters on Bristol Road in Bridgwater, on 01278 450 312, visit www.mediaorb.co.uk, www.facebook.com/mediaorbltd or @Mediaorb1.
THE SWAN at Bampton is celebrating this week after being named for the second year running as one of the top 50 gastropubs in the country at an industry-wide awards ceremony in York recently (January 29, 2018).
The multi-award-winning pub has polled in at 28 this year and received a special award as the highest climber in the list, as in 2017 it was positioned just inside the chart at 50.
Chef-patron Paul Berry, who co-owns The Swan with his wife and fellow award-winning chef Donna, said: “We’re thrilled to bits and can’t stop smiling. Last year we were delighted to get into this elite group of pubs with chefs and teams who are at the very top of their game, but now to have moved so much further down the list and closer to the top 20 is amazing. We’re in such great company, it’s amazing!
“The ‘Estrella Damm’ Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by a group with members including food writers, executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. We’re the industry’s choice and are delighted to be part of these awards again this year.”
The ceremony is organised by the publican’s publication The Morning Advertiser, which says the top 50 is the definitive list of the best gastropubs in Britain.
The Morning Advertiser’s Editor, Ed Bedington said in The Morning Advertiser earlier in January: “The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list highlights the great work and culinary importance of some of the most unique pubs in the UK.”
The Swan, which is an AA Four Star Gold Inn and the oldest pub in Bampton, has scooped a plethora of other awards for its food in the past few months and years, including being voted Best Dining Pub for 2018 in the Trencherman Awards and receiving a Gold Tourism Pub award in the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards. It also has two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence as well.
Paul added: “The AA inspector said we were really thinking outside the box and that was a huge compliment.”
The team has a passion for food and embraces the use of produce from the area to create some real pub classics, as well as some more modern English dishes.
Donna said: “We try to keep our dishes simple yet bursting with flavour and imagination. Our kitchen produces everything we serve here at the pub and we’re really proud of each and every dish we produce. Awards like these are a testament to our team and our local suppliers too, whose support we rely on.”
The Swan’s menu is created from fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced from nearby, on a daily basis, by Paul and Donna and their team.
Paul, who is a leading chef with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, explained: “We are dedicated to using all the local or regional produce available to us, needless to say we are so lucky living here in the Westcountry, we have local farmers supplying us with their beef, pork and lamb and the fishing communities providing us with the freshest seafood.”
As well as being famous for its food, The Swan also has three comfortable B&B rooms – a double with a queen size bed, another double and a twin. All three are en-suite and have luxury toiletries, towels and linens.
To find out more about The Swan, please call 01398 332248 or visit www.theswan.co.
Porcupine PR team