Name: Chris Greaves
Position: General Manager (Newcastle)
Company: Dream Apartments
Dream Apartments has appointed Chris Greaves to the position of General Manager of Newcastle.
The move will see Chris, who has over 25 years’ experience in both the hospitality and catering industry and international recruitment work closely with the Managing Director, Tom Smyth in leading the rapidly expanding business across the North of England.
“Chris Greaves is an award winning Hotel Manager and with his vast experience I am excited for our future North of England projects” said Tom Smyth.
Dream Apartments was established in 2017, now has over 200 serviced apartments in Belfast, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dubai.
Dream Apartments offers guests a home away from home. Enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with the additional space of an apartment.
The property, at 1-3 Gallowgate is a large red brick and stone property on the corner of Gallowgate which was first built in the late 1800s.
In the shadow of St James’ Park, the Grade I listed building was initially renovated by Lugano in 2012 when it was turned into student accommodation. Now the building is set to be transformed into an aparthotel with eight apartments, each with two or three bedrooms, following a six-figure investment.
Lugano chairman Richard Robson said: “This beautiful building is very close to our heart. Lugano first renovated it a number of years ago and when we went in, it had been empty for decades. A former travel bureau, it was full of magazines and brochures from the 1960s and 1970s, painting a very different picture of our city than the vibrant destination it is today.
“The project itself is right up our street – the sympathetic preservation, restoration and repurposing of a property that is much loved by the city it calls home. It is a building that most city visitors will have seen, but few will have actually thought much about, beyond it being such a striking structure. We are passionate about not only protecting important listed buildings like this, but also ensuring they continue to get used and don’t fall into a state of disrepair. This project is a prime example of that and will ensure that it is not only preserved as a city centre icon, but also enjoyed by many from outside out region who come to stay,” he added.
“Lugano has built its reputation on repurposing properties that may no longer be deemed fit for purpose. We’re hoping to have the aparthotel completed later this year and hopefully welcome shoppers and visitors into the development and make sure they have a city break to remember,” said Robson.
Lugano has appointed Dream Apartments to manage the property, having worked with them on similar schemes at 66 Bigg Market and Aerial House, the former Tyne Tees building on Newcastle Quayside.
“This third project with Dream apartments ensures that they have a presence in each vibrant corner of the city, the tranquil Quayside, buzzing Bigg Market and now the vibrant Gallowgate, offering something for everyone throughout the city. I’m genuinely excited about overseeing this project and delivering another fine destination for people staying in Newcastle,” said Robson.
Dream Apartments is a leading Serviced Apartments provider located in Liverpool, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Paris we offer fully furnished apartments available for both long and short-term stays. We offer the services of a hotel but the privacy and convenience of staying in your own home. We are looking for a General Manager for our Newcastle properties, Aerial House and Bigg Market.
To implement high standards for all aspects of running the apartments. You will be fully responsible for the profit and loss of both the properties you will need to provide timely reporting of financial performance and projections to the Directors.
You will need to develop and implement property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and maximize revenue potential. You will be required to manage all aspects of revenue management for your properties. You will need to identify booking trends and maximize all opportunities.
You will need to manage a team to deliver an outstanding customer experience. The team includes Housekeeping, front office staff and maintenance.
You will be responsible for identifying buyers, understanding their needs, finding appropriate products, creating bespoke solutions and managing the relationship to ensure client aspirations are met at every stage.
You will also identify opportunities to create new products or provide new services and you’ll play an important part in developing the creative and commercial aspects of those opportunities.
We are looking for someone with at least 5 years’ experience in the guest services, front desk, housekeeping, sales and marketing, management operations, or related professional area. Ideally with knowledge of the local market
CORE WORK ACTIVITIES
Managing Property Operations
Works with directors to develop an operational strategy that is aligned with the brand’s business strategy and leads its execution.
Reviews customer engagement survey and prepares action plans based on guest satisfaction results and other data to identify areas of improvement.
Generate new business by identifying senior corporate buyers and promoting the range of products, solutions and packages to them
Engage with corporate buyers in a meaningful way to understand how our solutions can address their business needs.
Work with OTA’s to maximize leisure booking sales.
Accountable for meeting all sales performance targets
Working with the directors to develop and manage the creation of an effective evidence-based sales strategy (covering direct sales and re-sale) that achieves financial growth
Lead generation and prospect management & Planning, developing and presenting pitches
Work with new and existing corporate clients and affiliates to understand their clients and business needs so that we can maximise the sales through this channels
Adheres to Dream Apartments operational excellence: Owner and employee engagement, financial excellence and Property Management
Evaluates if reception team is meeting service needs and provides feedback on the reception team.
Coordinate walk-throughs with maintenance and Housekeeping to ensure apartments, public space and back of the house areas are well maintained and preventative maintenance processes are in place.
Reviews reports and financial statements to determine the residential property is performing against the budget.
Communicates a clear and consistent message regarding departmental goals to produce desired results.
Implements high standards for all aspects of health and safety, loss prevention, and privacy protection.
Works with direct reports to determine areas of concern and establish ways to improve the departments’ financial performance.
Identifies key drivers of business success and keeping leadership focused on the critical few to achieve results.
Develops and implements property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target
Provides timely reporting of financial performance and projections.
Managing and Conducting Human Resources Activities
Interested? – email your cv & cover letter: firstname.lastname@example.org
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British Machine Vision Conference Newcastle
3 – 6 September Northumbria University
International Sports Science & Sports Medicine Conference
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Wed 5 Sep, 09:00
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Great Exhibition of the North: building a legacy for North East businesses
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International Conference on Automation and Computing
6-7 September Newcastle University
Challenger Conference 2018
The 18th Biennial Conference of the Challenger Society for Marine Science.
Newcastle University, 10-13 September 2018
BERA Annual Conference 2018
Tue 11 – Thu 13 September
Northumbria University, Newcastle
Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association
International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, 4th European Meeting
12 – 14 September Newcastle University
2018 FL National Summit & Awards – Yorkshire, North East & Scotland Regional Final
14 September 2018 from 11:30 to 16:00
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41st Annual Meeting of the European Thyroid Association
15 – 18 September
Sage Gateshead St Mary’s Square
LAC: Landscape Archaeology Conference 2018
17 – 20 September
IST Technical Conference 2018
20th September 2018
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EMSEA Conference 2018
2 – 5 October
SCHOOLS NorthEast Annual Summit
St James Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Imagine If… 2018 conference
Culture Bridge North East Discovery Museum
QIST Orthopaedic Conference 2018
16 – 17 October
Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Transport Technology Forum Conference
17 October 09:30 – 16:30
The Core Science Central Newcastle
International Conference on Business and Technology Transfer Technology and Society
29 – 30 October
14th Newcastle Voice Conference
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Expo North East
Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club
8 – 9 November
Crowne Plaza Newcastle
North East Collaboration Conference 2018
14 November 2018 08:30am – 13:00pm
International Perspectives on Evaluation of PPI in Research Conference
15 – 16 November
Institute of Health & Society Newcastle
International Lean Six Sigma Institute Conference 2019
21-25 Jan 2019 Novotel Hotel
Newcastle International Airport
United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle is a diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. Here are the Top 10 Attractions in the city, and you can vote for your favourite! You can check out our Newcastle properties here
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We believe our serviced apartments offer huge advantages to corporate and leisure travellers so we’ve compiled the top 8 reasons you should chose Dream Apartments as your accommodation!
1. Home Comforts
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2. City Living, Dream Lifestyle
Staying with Dream Apartments is an exclusive, customised experience. We cater for all special requests in advance as well as secure parking and stocking up on treats such as welcome breakfast baskets and drinks so you don’t have to rush to a grocery store on arrival.
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Choosing a serviced apartment over a hotel can be pretty cost effective also. With a fully integrated kitchen equipped with an oven/cooker, washer/dryer you can cater to your own dietary requirements without having to to spend extra money eating out… And you can save on the dry cleaning! With rates charged per apartment as opposed to per person, this can be ideal when travelling with others.
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At your temporary home with Dream Apartments you can expect to be stocked up with all essentials such as tea, coffee and toiletries on arrival. We have everything you need so you can get comfortable and relax in your new home.
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Edinburgh the next visitors to Kingston Park Stadium to play Newcastle Falcons.
Newcastle Falcons’ next home game comes on Friday August 24 when Edinburgh are the visitors to Kingston Park Stadium.
The 7.45pm kick-off is a prelude to the club’s Heineken Champions Cup clashes, Newcastle having been drawn alongside Scotland’s capital club during the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition.
The match could see a return to Kingston Park for Argentinean centre Juan Pablo Socino following his summer move to Edinburgh, not to mention a look at the Falcons’ latest signings, the two clubs having enjoyed a series of keenly-contested pre-season games in recent years.
Newcastle Falcons 2018-19 season ticket members are entitled to free entry for the match as part of their package, but must reserve their free space before 4pm on Friday August 17 by emailing email@example.com , calling 0871 226 6060 or popping to the ticket office in person during office hours.
Only the East, West and South Stands will be open on the night. Season ticket members in the North Stand can claim a South Stand ticket.
Season car park passes will also be valid, with non-seasonal pass holders able to park for £5.
Non-season ticket members can buy match-day tickets for just £10 for adults and concessions, and £5 for juniors, call 0871 226 6060 or from the stadium in person. Tickets will be available on the night.
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From its humble beginnings, Stomp has grown into a truly global phenomenon that will set your toes tapping and your pulse racing.
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