Tamworth's second Travelodge is officially opened by Mayor Tina Clements
TAMWORTH'S Mayor Tina Clements has officially opened the town's second multi-million pound Travelodge hotel.
The £3 million investment has created 10 new jobs and is part of a mixed-use development scheme with a Lidl store, which is due to open today (Thursday).
The hotel, located on Bolebridge Street, will be managed by Samantha Chambers (26) who has worked for the company since 2003.
Samantha has worked her way up the ladder at Travelodge, starting her career as a cleaner in Burton, before she was promoted to be a supervisor.
She then undertook the Travelodge Management Development Programme before becoming an Assistant Hotel Manager in Derby.
Samantha's new team has been recruited via the Job Centre Plus Scheme – which helps the long term unemployed back into work.
As part of their induction training staff members undertook a comprehensive four-week training programme at a nearby Travelodge hotel. They also attended a sleep seminar to ensure they are fully equipped to guarantee their customers get a good night's sleep.
The team includes mother and son Wendy and Bradley Dukes, who will both work as receptionists at the hotel.
Bradley is studying carpentry at Burton College, and previously worked at KFC.
His mum, Wendy, is working for Travelodge for the second time in her career, having previously worked at the Tamworth M42 hotel before taking a career break.
Mayor Cllr Clements said: "As more and more people look to stay in the UK it is important that Tamworth is able to provide visitors with a choice of affordable and modern accommodation – which is what the new Travelodge will bring to our town.
"As I've seen today from meeting the staff, the new Travelodge hotel is providing much needed employment opportunities for the community and is a real shot in the arm for the town."