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Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel scoops prestigious accolade at national Family Business Awards


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Tamara Unwin, Susanna Rendall and Robert Rendall, family directors at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel,receive their award from Esther Wood (left) of sponsors Goodman Jones at the Family Business Awards. (12155725)
Tamara Unwin, Susanna Rendall and Robert Rendall, family directors at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel,receive their award from Esther Wood (left) of sponsors Goodman Jones at the Family Business Awards. (12155725)

A family-run hotel and leisure business near Boxford has scooped a prestigious national award.

Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa was crowned Hotel and Leisure Family Business of the Year at the recently-held Family Business Awards 2019.

The business is part of The Boxford Group, a family venture which started in 1938 with a 120-acre apple farm and now is a 600-strong enterprise encompassing hotel and country lodges, championship golf courses, a spa and fitness club, conference centre and restaurants.

The award was given to siblings Tamara Unwin and Susanna Rendall, and fellow director Robert Rendall.

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.”

In the London gala night final, Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa was up against six other family ventures for the award.

A total of 32 awards were given out on the night, with family-run ventures from all over the UK and Northern Ireland taking part.

The awards initiative is run by Family Business United, a network for the family business sector.

Paul Andrews, founder and managing director of Family Business United, said: “Stoke-by-Nayland are worthy winners, demonstrating great governance, family values and a steely determination that has seen them flourish over the years.

“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 recipient of the award.”

In recent years, the business has invested more than £5 million to install green energy, resulting in the hotel being almost self-sustainable.



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