Hotel group keeps it in the family for national award

Ben Berry (left) and Simon Berry collect the Family Business of the Year award
Ben Berry (left) and Simon Berry collect the Family Business of the Year award

The family which runs Morecambe’s Midland Hotel and Lancaster House Hotel has picked up a prestigious accolade at a glittering awards ceremony in London.

Simon and Ben Berry from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues carried off the ‘Hotel and Leisure Family Business of the year’ gong at the Family Business United awards held at the May Fair Hotel.

The awards showcase the best of British family firms, and those who seek to use their family nature and values to build successful businesses and become ambassadors for their sector. The Berry family emerged from strong competition to take the hotel and leisure industry title.

The hotel group, which has been run by the Berrys for more than 60 years, was assessed taking into account a range of criteria. These included its approach to corporate social responsibility, green tourism, charitable work, creativity and innovation and commitment to staff development and training.

Simon Berry, managing director of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, said: “Winning this award is a real feather in the cap for the entire team. It reflects our business ethos, our approach in terms of pastoral care, and family values which go back several generations.”