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Paving the way for a greener future: Edgbaston Park Hotel awarded ECOsmart Gold Award

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre has achieved a gold ECOsmart award for its commitment to the environment.

It’s the second successful milestone reached in the hotel’s quest to be one of Birmingham’s greenest, following a gold Green Tourism award in 2023.

The new ECOsmart award from Greengage is the leading accreditation used by organisations around the globe aiming to protect and save our planet from climate change.

Julie Crump, Director of Operations, was full of praise for the team: “I’m really proud! Not only is it a recognition of all the hard work by the team to drive forward sustainable initiatives, but it recognises the values of our business to be a positive influence on our people and community. There’s a lot more we want to achieve, and this gives us the boost to continue, with the recognition that we are moving the business in the right direction.”

ECOsmart award involves a comprehensive survey which covers six key areas – energy and waste conservation; building construction; waste management; recycling and plastic; sustainable food and beverage management; rooms; consumables and facilities management, and corporate and social responsibility. The hotel submitted evidence via the ECOsmart portal, which was then reviewed by a team of experts from Greenage.

This included:

  • Removing sauce sachets to reduce single-use plastic and replacing with planet-friendly condiments by Tracklements, for use in the bar and restaurant.
  • Removing single-serve jars from breakfast served in the restaurant to reduce glass waste.
  • Seamless waste management system which includes regular reviewing of buffet wastage; adding a food waste bin in staff canteen; new bins across the hotel which allows guests to separate their food, general and mixed recycling.
  • Stocking sustainable drinks, vegan wines, and alcohol-free beers.
  • Improving energy efficiency across the building which includes LED lighting, BMS system, motion sensor lighting, and regular review of equipment.
  • Use of eco-friendly chemicals and refillable toiletries in bedrooms.
  • Paddy & Scott’s coffee stocked across the hotel and bedrooms. Every coffee bag sold provides one meal for a child in coffee growing regions. The hotel contributed to 544 lunch box meals.
  • Raised £1,000 for Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust as part of hotel’s Family Fun Day, annual event.
  • All staff are given two days per year to volunteer in the community for a charity of their choice.
  • No waste to landfill.

Director of Sales, Krishna Pastakia added: “Being part of the hotel’s sustainability journey has been truly rewarding. This achievement not only recognises our progress but also gives us motivation to continue leading the way in sustainable business practices.”

Find out more about how Edgbaston Park Hotel is paving the way to a greener future.

Edgbaston Park Hotel Team Awards 2023

Last Friday marked a spectacular evening as the team at Edgbaston Park Hotel came together to celebrate hard work, dedication and passion that made 2023 an incredible year. The evening was a testament to the exceptional individuals and collective efforts of the entire team!

Richard Metcalfe, CEO at Edgbaston Park Hotel, commented: “A heartfelt thank you to our outstanding team for their hard work and commitment throughout the year. Without each team members dedication, we wouldn’t have achieved the success we did in 2023.”

The spotlight of the evening was on our remarkable award-winners:

  • Team Member of the Year: Nash (C&B Team)
  • Team of the Year: Maintenance Team
  • Leader of the Year: Tracey (Rooms Division Manager)
  • Guest Services Champions: Rhona (Reception Team) & Breakfast Team
  • Walking a Mile: Richard C (Maintenance Team)
  • Rising Stars: Natalia (C&B Team), Amy (Marketing Team) & Jenny (People & Culture Team)
  • Working Together: Matt (Reservations Team)
  • Always Aiming Higher: Clare (Revenue Team) & Lindsey (Finance Team)
  • Team Evolution: Kitchen Team
  • Unsung Hero: Linen Porter
Team award-winners

To everyone’s surprise, members of the management team made a special appearance as the iconic “Spice Girls” and CEO, Richard, also took the stage dressed in an inflatable snowman costume and delivered a memorable performance of “Ice Ice Baby”. A big shoutout to the Housekeeping Team who brought their dance moves during the performance!

Management team performing

In addition to the awards ceremony, the Volunteering Committee at Edgbaston Park Hotel demonstrated its commitment to its local community. The Volunteering Committee presented to the team, showcasing the collective efforts to make a positive impact beyond the workplace. Furthermore, they are proud to announce that their team’s generosity knows no bounds. The raffle on the evening raised an impressive £383.00 for the Hotel’s chosen charity, Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust.

As they reflect on this Team Awards Night, they are filled with gratitude for their incredible team and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Here’s to another year of success, collaboration, and making a difference – together!

Looking to join an award-winning Hotel? Visit our careers page today.

Edgbaston Park Hotel Shines Bright in 2023

A Year of Sustainability, Community, and Culinary Excellence

In the heart of leafy Edgbaston, Edgbaston Park Hotel has been bustling with activity throughout the year, making significant strides in sustainability, community engagement, and culinary innovation. Follow the Hotel’s journey as they showcase the standout moments of a remarkable 2023.

Green Success

Thanks to the unwavering efforts of the sustainability committee, Edgbaston Park Hotel proudly secured a gold accreditation for Green Meetings from Green Tourism. This achievement is a testament to the Hotel’s commitment to environmental responsibility. The Hotel said farewell to single-use plastics and encouraged guests to opt for eco-friendly transport options.  

Green Meetings Certificate

Strengthening Ties: Retaining Commercial Partnerships

Edgbaston Park Hotel has become a cornerstone of the Edgbaston community, retaining key commercial partnerships with Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Priory Club, and Edgbaston Golf Club. Together, they have worked collaboratively to enhance the local experience and put Edgbaston on the map as a destination.

Making a Difference: One Event at a Time

This year, the Hotel has been on a mission to give back to the local community, organising a series of impactful events. From a lively family fun day to a heartwarming MacMillan coffee morning, a spooktacular Halloween bake sale, and even contributing to the cleanliness of Edgbaston by litter picking. Through these events they have raised funds for some great causes including their chosen charity, Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, MacMillian Cancer Support, WWF and University Hospital Birmingham Burns Unit.

Unveiling New Menus

In June, taste buds were delighted with the launch of the new 1900 Bar menu, which featured an array of delectable light bites, sandwiches, and mouth-watering main courses. September saw the refresh of the 1900 Restaurant menu that combined classic flavours with a modern twist. At Edgbaston Park Hotel, they believe in offering a culinary experience that exceeds expectations.

Award-Winning Excellence

Edgbaston Park Hotel was overjoyed to announce their recent triumphs on the awards stage. The Hotel was awarded the prestigious Hotel of the Year Award at the Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards. Adding to the celebration, Director of Sales at Edgbaston Park Hotel, Krishna Pastakia, was honoured with the miaList Individual Award, recognising her remarkable contributions to the hospitality industry. But the excitement doesn’t end there! The Hotel also proudly secured the Highly Commended Green Initiative of the Year at the FamtasticRocks Awards, highlighting their commitment to sustainability.

A Great Place to Work


Edgbaston Park Hotel’s success this year extends beyond its physical accomplishments to its thriving people and culture. The Hotel has achieved a remarkable employee engagement score of 82.5%, showcasing how the Hotel has prioritised team well-being and created a positive working environment for all.

As 2023 comes to an end, Edgbaston Park Hotel proudly reflected on a year of sustainability, community, collaboration, and culinary excellence—achievements fuelled by the remarkable efforts of its dedicated team.

Explore exciting opportunities in the Hospitality industry by checking out our careers page today.

Edgbaston Park Hotel: Leading the way in green innovation and sustainability

Edgbaston Park Hotel has been awarded the “Highly Commended Green Initiative of the Year” award at the FamtasticRocks Awards 2024 hosted at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

Reflecting on their journey, in January 2023, Edgbaston Park Hotel proudly received the prestigious gold standard award for Green Meetings, from Green Tourism. This inspiring accomplishment means that the Hotel is now one of only 17 conference venues in the UK demonstrating the highest sustainability standards within the industry.

But their green revolution doesn’t end here! The dedication of the Hotel’s sustainability committee has led to the implementation of new sustainable initiatives and the FamtasticRocks “Highly Commended Green Initiative of the Year” award is a testament to this.

Corporate Sales Manager, Money Chopra from Edgbaston Park Hotel enthusiastically attended the awards evening and expressed her excitement upon receiving the award. Money commented, “This award is a significant achievement for the Hotel and acknowledges the dedication and hard work invested in our green initiatives from our entire team.”

The Hotel’s has set its sights on an ambitious goal – to achieve net zero carbon by 2035, aligning with the University of Birmingham’s commitment to attain net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Well done to our team building and events partner Eventurous for winning Green Initiative of the Year and Team Building Company of the Year. We are proud to work in conjunction to deliver inspirational team building that doesn’t cost the earth.

Explore Edgbaston Park Hotel’s unwavering dedication to a greener, more sustainable future.

A Hat-Trick at The Wedding Industry Awards

For the third year in a row, Edgbaston Park Hotel has been shortlisted as a regional finalist at The Wedding Industry Awards in the Wedding Venue (Hotel) category.

The Wedding Industry Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements within the wedding industry and are recognised as the only awards in the UK wedding industry that combines regional and national client voting and expert judges.

This is an incredible achievement that showcases the Hotel’s unwavering commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences for couples on their wedding day. Let’s delve into this remarkable achievement and what makes Edgbaston Park Hotel a top contender in the wedding industry:

  • Two beautiful wedding venues in the West Midlands: Hornton Grange a charming historic exclusive use house and the Fry Suite, our largest contemporary venue, accommodating up to 200 guests.
  • 188 bedrooms on site, all complete with plush interiors and the essentials you need for a great night’s sleep.
  • Luxury, bespoke wedding packages and menus to plan a wedding day that’s truly your own.
  • Friendly team of wedding experts on hand to help at every stage of the planning journey.

The Hotel is not only celebrating becoming a regional finalist but is also the proud host of the West Midlands Regional Awards event, set to take place in the bright, contemporary Fry Suite in November.

Wedding Team with certificate

Tasmin Sales, Wedding Sales Executive at Edgbaston Park Hotel commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for this award. It’s a fantastic testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire team from coordination through to the delivery on the day. We can’t wait to continue to create unforgettable experiences for our couples!”

To find out more about weddings at Edgbaston Park Hotel, join our exclusive wedding evening on Monday 6th November 2023 or Spring wedding showcase on Sunday 3rd March 2024. Email the team [email protected] to find out more.

Krishna Pastakia takes home
miaList Individual Award 2023

It was celebrations all round at the Meetings Industry Association Awards, as Edgbaston Park Hotel’s Director of Sales, Krishna Pastakia, was awarded the miaList Individual Award.

Hosted at the Park Plaza Victoria London, the team at Edgbaston Park Hotel celebrated Krishna’s success, enjoyed delicious food and drink and danced the night away!

This outstanding award win showcases Krishna’s astounding contribution to the hospitality industry. In the last 12 months, Krishna has:

  • Driven new and significant enquiries to the hotel during the year; contributing to the success of the hotel’s best financial year yet.
  • Established new commercial partnerships with Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Priory Club and Edgbaston Golf Club.
  • Led the Green Tourism project, where the hotel achieved a gold accreditation for Green Meetings.
  • Appointed as a new director to the beam leadership board.
Krishna with her award

After achieving this incredible award, Director of Sales, Krishna Pastakia commented: “It is an honour to be one of the winners for the individual category’ at the Meetings Industry Association. It is a hat-trick year for us!”

Looking for an award-winning hotel? Get in touch via [email protected] or visit our website for more information.

Spreading Happiness during International Week of Happiness at Work

Sweet surprises for the team at Edgbaston Park Hotel

This week, we took great pride in celebrating workplace happiness at the Hotel! Our senior management team went above and beyond to ensure the recognitions were nothing less than exceptional, treating our fantastic team to delightful, sweet treats throughout the week.

Monday – Biscuit Bliss

The week kicked off with a delicious surprise on Monday, as Director of Operations, Julie, surprised the team with freshly baked biscuits. It was the perfect start to a week filled with happiness.

Tuesday – A Fresh Start

Tuesday brought a healthy twist to the celebrations. Director of Commercial, Billy, treated the team to an array of fresh fruits and refreshing summer berry smoothies. These tasty treats left the team feeling energised and ready to tackle their tasks with enthusiasm.

Wednesday – Warmth in a Cup

Mid-week blues? Not at Edgbaston Park Hotel! On Wednesday, CEO, Richard, greeted the team with a warm and cozy hot drinks station. Coffee lovers enjoyed a cup of coffee, tea enthusiasts enjoyed a cup of English Breakfast tea, and those with a sweet tooth indulged with a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows – adding an extra layer of excitement and sweetness to the day.

Thursday – Doughnut Delight

As the week rolled on, Thursday brought another delightful surprise… doughnuts, strawberries, chocolate, and sweets! The team’s spirits soared when Richard, with a beaming smile, served these sweet treats.

Friday – Community and Compassion

Friday’s event was the icing on the cake. The Volunteering Committee at Edgbaston Park Hotel hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning. It was a heartwarming event that not only celebrated delicious coffee and cakes, but also supported a great cause. The team came together, donated sweet treats, and raised funds for Macmillan Cancer.

Coffee Morning

International Week of Happiness at Work at Edgbaston Park Hotel was truly a week to remember. It reinforces that happiness isn’t just about the work we do, but also the people we work with and the thoughtful gestures that can make a big difference.

Looking for a new role within the Hospitality industry and would like to join our team? Visit our careers page today.

Celebrating Excellence: Krishna Pastakia named finalised for miaList Individual Award

Edgbaston Park Hotel is thrilled to announce that their trailblazing Director of Sales, Krishna Pastakia, has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Meetings Industry Association Individual Award.

This prestigious award celebrates excellence within the meetings and events industry and showcases the best of the sector.

Richard Metcalfe, CEO at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre commented: “Fantastic news and well deserved! Krishna consistently goes above and beyond and it’s truly remarkable to see Krishna’s efforts recognised within the meeting and events industry.”

Krishna’s exceptional dedication and creative can-do attitude has had a huge impact at Edgbaston Park Hotel. Krishna has driven the meetings and events forecast to exceed budgeted levels for 2023, contributing to the success of the hotel’s best year yet! This has been boosted by the commercial partnerships she’s established with Edgbaston Stadium and Edgbaston Priory Club.  

Krishna Pastakia

Krishna’s lead in the Green Tourism project, achieved the hotel a gold accreditation for Green Meetings. Through collaborative efforts with senior management, the hotel achieved the highest-level submission, which encompassed the elimination of single-use plastic, promotion of public transportation usage among delegates and guests, and the prioritisation of team well-being through initiatives such as paid volunteering days and a comprehensive two-day mental wellness programme. As a result, Edgbaston Park Hotel stands proudly among the group of just 17 conference venues in the UK that demonstrate top-level sustainability initiatives within the industry.

Reflecting on this significant recognition, Director of Sales Krishna Pastakia stated, “This was a surprise! I’m delighted that I made it this far! This is an exciting time in my career and super excited to be recognised within this amazing industry. My fingers are crossed!”

Looking for an award-winning hotel? Get in touch via [email protected] or visit our website for more information.

Edgbaston Park Hotel’s Family Fun Day

A heartwarming Family Fun Day for Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust.

A sunny weekend brought together families, friends and colleagues for a delightful event aimed to raise awareness and funds for the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. The perfect blend of fun, delicious food, and community spirit made this fundraising day an unforgettable experience for all.

Edgbaston Park Hotel spared no effort in crafting a fantastic entertainment lineup, featuring an array of engaging attractions. From a vibrant DJ playing songs, to a toddler soft play area perfect for the little ones, and an enchanting disco dome bouncy castle that beckoned with excitement. The highlight, however, was the assortment of inflatable challenges, adding an exhilarating dimension to the family fun day. To top it all off, a tasty ice cream van and BBQ station were the perfect treats to enjoy after all the excitement and activities.

We’d like to thank all the local hotels and businesses who kindly donated some fantastic prizes for the raffle at the event. Hosted by our CEO Richard Metcalfe, all raffle proceeds were donated to our charity partners Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust is a local charity which aims to protect and restore wildlife, as well as preserving nature reserves within Birmingham and the Black Country.

Thriving community spirit was on full display, as Edgbaston Park Hotel’s Family Fun Day raised an incredible £1,000 in support of the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated and contributors to the conservation of our local wildlife habitats.

Sanya Bi, Volunteering Committee member at Edgbaston Park Hotel commented: “Being a part of the team that organised the hotel’s Family Fun Day was an incredibly rewarding experience. We wanted to create an event that not only showed our appreciation for our amazing team but also allowed us to give back to the community through our chosen charity which is the Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust. As a member of the volunteering committee, I was fortunate to contribute to the planning of this special day for our team and their family and friends!”

Edgbaston Park Hotel wins Hotel of the Year at the MDFA Awards

It was all glitz and glamour at the Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards as Edgbaston Park Hotel took home the Hotel of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony at The Eastside Rooms brought together some of the best Midland’s hospitality businesses. Edgbaston Park Hotel was shortlisted for Venue of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and won Hotel of the Year title in recognition of an exceptional year.

The hotel’s submission captured both the judges and public vote for their outstanding hospitality and sustainable practices, plus ability to host weddings, conferences and major sporting events, and commitment to investing in the local region.

Billy Harris, Director of Commercial commented: “I am absolutely delighted! This accolade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team – from our front-line staff to senior management, every individual has contributed to this success. We are truly grateful to our valued guests and partners for their continued support.”

In the last 12 months the hotel has:

  • Achieved gold standard for Green Meetings by Green Tourism
  • Donated over 100 breakfast bags to UHB NHS over the busy Christmas period
  • Established key partnerships with local Edgbaston businesses including Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Priory Club and Edgbaston Golf Club
  • Housed Team Wales during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Raised over £3,000 for local charities, including over £1,000 LoveBrum, a charity which funds small hidden gem community projects across Birmingham

Amy Thrush, Marketing and Social Media Executive was ecstatic with the news: “I am so proud of the hotel’s achievement. From the moment I joined the team, I recognised that the hotel strives for excellence in every aspect and goes above and beyond to deliver.”

Awards image

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