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Kudos for historic Aldermaston

17 October 2011

Aldermaston House

Kudos, part of the Crown Group, is making its first foray into the hotels industry by signing a multi-million pound contract to provide all food and venue management services at the historic Aldermaston Manor Hotel at Aldermaston, Berkshire.

The five-year contract, expected to be worth almost £8 million in total turnover, will see the food and venue experts deliver a wide range of services including: conferencing and banqueting, restaurant dining, security, reception, cleaning, portering, sales, marketing and all room maintenance services.

Aldermaston Manor can trace its history back to 1066 and was once the home of William the Conqueror. It boasts 33 bedrooms, and four conference and banqueting rooms, with capacities of up to 100 people and an additional three syndicate rooms.

The hotel is set in a 140-acre estate of rolling, landscaped, grounds with the benefit of a 14 acre lake on the edge of the village of Aldermaston. The estate is managed by Serviced Office Group plc, an AIM-Listed group which owns or manages some 23 office and commercial properties, principally in the London area.

Charles Beer, managing partner, Crown Group, said: “We are really excited about this contract as it demonstrates the fact that our reputation for good food and strong sales ability is growing outside of our traditional sectors.

“Our view is that good food is good food, no matter what the venue. Our food credentials, coupled with our commercial know-how, will enable us to deliver a level of service that this historic venue truly deserves.”

Michael Kingshott, chairman, Serviced Office Group, added: “We are excited to have Kudos on-board as we believe the companies will work well together to maximise the potential from the estate and transform it into a world-class business and leisure environment.”

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