Sleeperz appoints management team for Newcastle Hotel

November 17, 2011

(Newcastle, November 17 – 2011) Sleeperz Hotels, the innovative budget hotel business, has announced the appointment of a management team for its soon to open Newcastle property.

Mark Armstrong has been named as general manager and brings with him 23 years experience in the hospitality industry, including time spent managing both The Staybridge Suites and The Caledonian Hotel in Newcastle.

Deborah Parkinson, of Denton Burn Newcastle, has been hired as sales manager. She joins with 11 years experience in the hotel industry having worked her way up from receptionist to a general manager position with Premier Inn Hotels in Newcastle.

Construction is well underway on the 98-bedroom, six storey hotel situated on the site of the former Parcel Works on Newcastle’s Westgate Road near Central Station. The hotel is scheduled to open in January.

Mark Armstrong said:

“This is a dynamic time for the hospitality industry in Newcastle and the North East. Sleeperz is bringing a completely new premium budget hotel product to the region and I’m excited about building a successful team, providing great service and building a first class reputation for the hotel.”

Mark, originally from Northern Ireland, started his hospitality career in Australia. He trained on the management development programme at the five-star Sheraton Sydney Airport Hotel. He moved to Newcastle in 2005 as general manager at The Caledonian Hotel.

Mark will oversee the recruitment and development of 25 staff at Sleeperz Newcastle and manage the hotel’s daily operations.
In his spare time, he likes to stay fit and runs two International Marathons every year.

Deborah will be responsible for developing the hotel’s profile within the corporate market and attracting bookings for meetings, conferences and business travel.

“This is a great opportunity to develop my career by helping grow a new and exciting budget hotel brand. The hotel is already looking superb and we are all looking forward to putting Sleeperz Hotels on the map in the North of England,”

said Deborah.

David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “We like to think of Sleeperz as the BMW Mini of the budget hotel world. Our hotels are colourful, classy, compact and highly affordable. We are pleased to welcome Mark and Deborah into the business and excited to watch them grow our Newcastle hotel.”

Rates start from £60 for stylish well designed bedrooms with wet-rooms featuring underfloor heating, steam proof mirrors and attractive glass desks designed for business travellers. Rates also include free Wi-Fi and telephone calls.

The development is Sleeperz second UK hotel and follows around £7m of investment in the Sleeperz brand and the opening of its Cardiff property in November 2008.

The company has plans to expand and has earmarked major UK cities, including Liverpool, Manchester and London as potential venues for hotels in the next phase of development.

For more about Sleeperz Newcastle, visit www.sleeperz.com

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Sleeperz Hotels is a new and innovative UK budget hotels business.

It opened its first UK hotel in the Welsh capital Cardiff in 2008 and is working to a plan to expand and build further hotels in major UK cities, including Liverpool, Manchester and London.

Sleeperz prides itself on introducing a new generation of compact lifestyle hotels into the UK budget hotels market and creating a design led philosophy of colourful, stylish, compact contemporary rooms at affordable room rates.

Its aim is for its customers to experience stylish urban living in a city centre hotel environment.

Sleeperz also aims to build distinctive buildings that make a positive architectural contribution to the cities in which it chooses to build hotels.

The growth in Sleeperz – and the construction of its second UK hotel in Newcastle – has been driven by a £7m investment in the business by the company's investors, including Andre Hoffmann, and Connection Capital. The debt finance for the Newcastle development is being provided by The Co-operative bank.

Videos detailing the hotel experience are available to watch on YouTube at the following link: www.youtube.com/sleeperzhotels

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