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Suffolk Chamber member Stoke-by-Nayland take hotel and lesiure crown

Suffolk Chamber member Stoke-by-Nayland take hotel and lesiure crown

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Country Lodges triumphs as Hotel & Leisure Family Business of the Year 2019 at the national Family Business Awards hosted at London’s May Fair Hotel last week.

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa resort is part of The Boxford Group, a 100% family owned business on the Suffolk/Essex border which started back in 1938 as a 120 acre apple farm. Recognising a business opportunity back in 1972 when a shortage of golf courses was identified, Bill and Devora Peake diversified by creating one, and then a second championship golf course on their own undulating, arable farmland on the Suffolk/Essex border. 

The entrepreneurial second generation of the family continued to invest in the golf club business since 2000 and today the multi-award winning resort includes an excellent 80 bedroom hotel, five luxurious country lodges, a spa and fitness club, extensive conference centre, restaurants, golf and gift shop – and much more besides. During the past few years the Peake family has also invested over £5 million in the installation of green energy sources which has resulted in the hotel and parts of the farm being almost totally self-sustainable.

The Boxford Group were also delighted to be announced as runners up for the overall Family Business of the Year Award for the East and East Anglian region.

Sister directors Tamara Unwin and Susanna Rendall, and 3rd generation director, Robert Rendall received their award from Esther Wood, Partner at sponsors Goodman Jones, who commented; “Strong family involvement and a team of over 600 staff in the Peake family’s Boxford Group of companies helps them to do what they do in a business that has significantly evolved over time to encompass an excellent range of first class facilities.  This is very much an innovative family that is always pushing the boundaries and is a great ambassador for the hotel and leisure sector.”

Susanna Rendall, Group Managing Director said, “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have received this award.  As a third generation family business we are really delighted to have been recognised in this way, and we are particularly grateful to our team of 600 staff, who are our greatest asset, for all their hard work and dedication over many years.”

The Family Business of the Year Awards, organised by Family Business United, celebrate the vital contribution that family businesses of all sizes play in the UK economy.  Innovation, investment, passion and pride are evident in family businesses across the UK confirming that the family business has much to celebrate. 

With around 5 million family firms in the UK providing around 12 million jobs and generating a significant contribution to GDP, these national awards certainly help to put the family business sector on the map and give them the recognition they deserve. 

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explained: “Stoke by Nayland are worthy winners demonstrating great governance, family values and a steely determination that has seen them flourish over the years too. It’s a privilege to organise these awards and to find out more about the fantastic people behind the family firms that are the backbone of the UK economy.  Stoke by Nayland is one such firm - a great family business and worthy recipients of the Hotel & Leisure Family Business of the Year Award 2019."

Article by Suffolk Chamber