Pride of Britain Hotels, a collection of independently-owned hotels, has announced Paul Milsom, as Life President of the organisation.
The honour has been given in recognition of Milsom’s unique contribution to Pride of Britain Hotels over many years. It was Milsom’s late father, Gerald Milsom, OBE, who founded Pride of Britain Hotels, a not-for-profit organisation representing some of Britain’s finest independent hotels, in 1982. The consortium was set up as he believed that there was need for a UK-specific hotel marketing collection. Maison Talbooth (part of the Milsom Hotels & Restaurants business) is the longest-standing member property of Pride of Britain Hotels which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2022.
Gerald Milsom remained Life President until his death in 2005, when the title passed to George Goring, OBE, from The Goring. With the sad recent loss of George Goring, it seemed an obvious choice to make Paul Milsom the new Life President. Paul served as Chairman of Pride of Britain Hotels from 2003-2006 and has acted as a mentor for member hoteliers over many years, generously and eagerly sharing his wisdom and hospitality experience with others.
Says Pride of Britain’s Chief Executive, Kalindi Juneja: “I am absolutely delighted that Paul Milsom is Pride of Britain Hotels’ new Life President. His enduring commitment to the organisation and to UK hospitality is highly appreciated. Paul is a hotelier I deeply admire; his business acumen and industry knowledge have been invaluable to me as I stepped into the role of Chief executive last year. He is always available to help the team or any member hotelier; we are very lucky to have him.”
Paul Milsom, Chairman & Managing Director, Maison Talbooth, comments, “It is an honour to follow in my father’s footsteps as Pride of Britain Hotels’ Life President. I have always believed in the power of Pride of Britain Hotels consortium and the support it provides to UK hotels. Under Kalindi’s leadership, we are embarking on a new chapter for our brand and I look forward to my many more years of service.”
Despite the global pandemic, Pride of Britain Hotels’ membership continues to go from strength to strength, with five hotels accepted during the last 18 months, including Palé Hall Hotel, in Wales, which joined this month. Admission to the group is subject to each hotel successfully passing an anonymous overnight inspection and a ballot of the membership.