In our current climate, it can feel that a lot of the media that we can consume can be somewhat gloomy and trying. However, within these difficult times come examples of kindness and community in all walks of life and the property industry is no exception.
Former Manchester United and England defender turned hotel developer Gary Neville has opened his hotels free of charge to health workers to assist with the coronavirus crisis. Neville’s two lavish Manchester hotels closed their doors to the public amid the current situation, meaning that 176 beds have been freed up for NHS and other medical staff. On top of this, Neville has also revealed that none of his staff will be made redundant or asked to take unpaid leave.
Neville co-owns two hotels, the Stock Exchange in the city centre and Hotel Football which is at Old Trafford, with former team mate Ryan Giggs. The Stock Exchange Hotel provides ‘luxury in the heart of Manchester’ and Hotel Football is known as the ‘go-to destination for sports lovers in Manchester’. Both hotels have proven themselves as popular additions to Manchester’s hotel scene and now they will act as an example of togetherness. Neville explains how ‘staff will operate the hotel as normal when health workers are allowed to stay there without any cost whatsoever when they need isolation away from family members who might be affected.’
Neville states how ‘it is something we are delighted to have been able to come to an agreement with.’ He also went on to say how ‘it is at this moment in time that the whole of our industry needs to show solidarity, not just for our staff in these uncertain times, but for those who need accommodation most in the coming months.’ The hotel and property industry can often be centred solely on numbers and profit margins; therefore, it is refreshing to see a more human side to the industry which Neville is providing.
It appears that other hotels are following Neville’s example and
opening up their properties to those in need during these difficult times as
well. Chelsea Football Club also announced that they too will open the hotel
owned by their club to NHS staff. In London, homeless people are being offered
hotel rooms in a bid to protect them. London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office and
Intercontinental Hotel Groups have made 300 hotel rooms available to vulnerable
people already known to homelessness charities as part of an initial trial with
plans to extend it if successful.
It’s easy to become cynical when watching the news or reading about current affairs, but the above demonstrates that community spirit can still be prevalent in all industries including the world of property and specifically the hotel industry.
Written by Rachael Gray.
Rachael Gray is a Director at Clifton Gray specialist property recruitment company. Follow Rachael on linkedin or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss current Liverpool and Manchester property jobs, or to find out how Clifton Gray can secure the best talent for your property business.