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Gatwick Hotel lights up in appreciation and support for NHS

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As the weekly clap continues to show the incredible support the nation has for NHS and key workers, one local hotel has found a unique way to join in.

The Premier Inn at Gatwick North Terminal, the largest Premier Inn in the country, has lit up some of its rooms to create a visual show of support.

With no usual hustle and bustle due to the hotel being empty the staff wanted to come up with an initiative that would give them a positive focus.

Now the Premier Inn is an impressive sight with the hotels rooms not only spelling out NHS but they have also created a huge heart and the word HOPE.

Hotel Manager Parik Zala explained how it all came together. He said:

“The idea originally came from a team member whose family works for the NHS so we all wanted to get together and support this good cause. Our team has really enjoyed getting behind this – it’s a group team effort across the UK from Scotland down.

Our team here at Gatwick North is about 260 team members – we’re a highly enthusiastic bunch and we all get excited about choosing the ideas for each day – so far we’ve done a heart, a ‘hope’ sign and the NHS. This is the largest Premier Inn – 701 rooms – so we know it’s a real showstopper.”

But with such a large hotel how do you even go about planning which rooms to light up?

Planning which rooms to light.

Parik explained:

“We have a spreadsheet with the room numbers’ and we plan round this, having a practise first to make sure we’re lighting up the right rooms! Then we go floor by floor and another team checks outside to ensure its correct – it’s great teamwork. The person outside communicates by radio to the light switcher to make sure it’s completely perfect and make any last-minute technical adjustments. We also have to stand outside at the right distance and time to ensure it’s properly dark to check.”

Premier Inn Hotel Manager Parik Zala.

So how long does it take to set it up and who gets the job?

“It’s a good hour to make it happen between planning and execution but it’s worth it! When we’re open there is up to 1500 people in a day so it’s great to have this task when we are closed. From a wellbeing perspective it’s great to have a focus, make ourselves useful and show our support. We’re alternating which team members are available each evening and we’ve all taken real pride in making it happen and showing our support for the NHS and all the amazing key workers.” Parik adds.

The reaction has been incredible with the hotel receiving lots of thank-yous including from Gatwick Authorities and from people whose relatives work in the NHS and other key roles.

Parik said it has inspired other hotels to put their lights on as well and he adds they will continue to light up the hotel as long as they can with the team trying to come up with new words to put on the building.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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