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Up to 60 jobs created in Horley after hotel is bought following fall into administration

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Following its fall into administration in November 2013, the Chequers Hotel, Horley, has been acquired by hotel and investment company Nine Group in an off-market deal.

Positioned to act as a community hub for businesses and Horley residents alike, the hotel is set to be extensively renovated after being closed for four years, with a multi-million pound investment bringing it up to a 4 star rating with an international hotel brand.

Headed up by Vivek Chadha – who was recently announced as the winner of Entrepreneur of the Year for the London and South region in Ernst & Young 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year awards – Nine Group is one of the fastest growing private hotel companies in the UK, employing nearly 800 people.

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Previously owned by the Menzies hotel group, the Chequers hotel in Bonehurst Road, Horley – ideally situated to serve Gatwick airport – first opened in the 1800s and was a landmark pitstop on the London to Brighton veteran car run.

Administrators were appointed and the hotel closed after its parent company failed to find a buyer in 2013, resulting in the immediate loss of 50 jobs.

Upon the announcement of the acquisition, director of Nine Group, Vivek Chadha said:

‘I am delighted to be re-opening the Chequers hotel following its closure 4 years ago. We’ll be bringing new life into the area, putting this landmark hotel back on the map. Nine Group are investing substantially in the renovation to transform this Victorian building into an internationally branded hotel. We plan to retain the hotel’s famous on-site pub as a destination for locals and guests alike to enjoy a drink. We expect to create up to 60 jobs in the locality.’

The Nine Group portfolio is diverse, with a mixture of residential and commercial property, plus hotels including the Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, Holiday Inn London WatfordJunction and the recently acquired Trafford Park hotel in the centre of Manchester.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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