What is your name and position within your company?
John Woodward – Resort Director
What is the name of your company and how long have you been involved with it?
I began my position at Broome Park in March 2019 when the company was sold to its current owner. Overseen by Countrywide Hotel, the property is now owned by Mr.Chan who is passionate about the properties renovation to its former glory, which I am proud to be a part of.
What does your company do and what makes it so special?
Broome Park Hotel is a unique property, with 250 acres of Kentish Grounds and a stunning mansion house. Our staff at Broome Park are hospitality experts, with a passion for food, drink and making people happy. The property is special to us because of its history and diverse offerings, from supporting local events to weddings and family holiday stays.
What is the most important value you hold onto in business?
Customer relationship is always the key to any environment I have worked in and is therefore always my biggest value. Working with and around a local community, relationships with suppliers and of course our valued guests are all extremely important to the business.
What advice would you give to people interested in becoming entrepreneurs in your industry?
The hospitality industry is like no other. You will work hard, commit a part of your life and soul and never have two days the same. The experience you gain from hospitality is like no other. You are not only responsible for being a part of a huge business, but also for the care of every guest that walks into the hotel. As the resort director, I have had experience as a chef, waiter, first aider, counsellor, mentor, finance, HR.. you name it, I bet I have had a day doing it! It is an amazing industry, and if you enjoy a fast-paced and diverse lifestyle then my only advice would be to go for it with a full heart and embrace every opportunity.
Why did you choose to “Be Part of The Community” and get involved with Community Driving School?
At Broome Park we have two known reputations; Golf Course or Wedding Venue. We want to change this image and involve our local community. We are always happy to invite the community around us into our ‘home’ whether that be for a birthday party, Sunday lunch or a drink on the terrace. It is great to be able to support a local charity through not only sponsorship but also by hosting key events for them.
Is there anything you would like to say to those people that will benefit from your generosity?
Keep going. Like hospitality, life is something you need to embrace and take fully in your stride. No matter how hard one day can be, the next could be totally different and whilst not everything seems to be in your control, only you can manage the result.