Hotel chain Premier Inn is investing £14m in the creation of a new hotel in Glasgow, with the promise to generate 70 jobs.
A contemporary 210-bedroom hotel on West Nile Street in Glasgow city centre aims to be open by October.
Recruitment for the new jobs is a process being run in partnership with Working Links, an employment specialist.
Premier Inn have guaranteed that half of the 70 roles would be filled by young people who are currently not in education, training or employment.
This is a highly positive commitment from Premier Inn towards investment in the Glasgow region. According to figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 5.6% of central Glasgow’s population claimed JSA in July 2012. Premier Inn’s forthcoming opening, therefore, will undoubtedly yield positive results on both the local jobs market and employment ambience.
Speaking on behalf of Premier Inn, Barry Halfpenny stated that
“By partnering with Working Links, we are giving people the opportunity to get their first start on the job ladder, and it will be fantastic to watch them progress in their career. We are very interested in hearing from committed, enthusiastic individuals who are looking to push forward with a career in hospitality. Our West Nile Street hotel will be the jewel in the crown of our Glasgow offering and the significant investment highlights the business’ commitment to employment in the city.”
With already four other Premier Inns in Glasgow City Centre, this opening will take the total number of Premier Inn bedrooms to more than 2,000 within the city centre alone.
Premier Inn are moving from strength to strength. Having been voted Hotel Chain of the Year at the 2011 British Travel Awards for the second year running, including Leisure Hotel and Business Hotel Chain of the year, further expansion may be imminent in more places than Scotland.
6th September 2012