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Jurys Inn Edinburgh gives a warm welcome to new management

Jurys Inn Edinburgh has welcomed a new General Manager, David Shiels, to lead the team of 80 which runs the city centre hotel boasting 186 bedrooms and five dedicated meeting rooms. The hotel is located in the Old Town, moments from the famous Royal Mile, central to much of the city’s beautiful architecture.

David has been promoted by the hotel group in recognition of his excellent work as General Manager for Jurys Inn Southampton. The promotion demonstrates the continued commitment to invest in people and maintain excellence in service for Jurys Inn.

David, 31, joined Jurys Inn five years ago as Deputy General Manager for Jurys Inn Glasgow and brings over 15 years of experience in the leisure industry to the role. Originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, David discovered his love for the hospitality industry at an early age, starting as a waiter in a small independently run hotel, gradually working his way up the career ladder over the past 13 years. From Kitchen Porter and Receptionist to Duty Manager and Department Head across a range of big brand hotel groups, David has been driven to succeed by a passion for delivering exceptional service.

Having worked for Jurys Inn for the past five years at three different hotels across the group, David’s attitude to delivering the highest standard of service has enabled him to work his way up through the Jurys Inn ranks, giving him the opportunity at just 29 to take the post as General Manager for 270 bedroom Jurys Inn Southampton. David returns to Scotland to lead the team of 80 employees at Jurys Inn Edinburgh. David’s new role will involve promoting the central Edinburgh property to business and leisure guests alike, in addition to managing and developing the team to ensure all sales, revenue and customer satisfaction targets are met.

David Shiels, General Manager, Jurys Inn Edinburgh, says: “I’m delighted to be back in Scotland and have hit the ground running having started the role in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The location of the hotel on Jeffery Street in the Old Town makes it an ideal base to explore this great historical and cultural city. I can’t wait to start my new role and to showcase the hotel to business and leisure guests visiting the capital.”

John Brennan, CEO of Jurys Inn says: “At Jurys Inn, internal moves are very much encouraged and supported. We have a culture that focuses on developing individual employees through different roles and giving them opportunities to step up and reach their full potential. With any position at Jurys Inn comes the opportunity to build a life-long career and there is potential for everyone to progress to management level. It gives us great pleasure to reward such talented and committed people."

Jurys Inn introduced an enhanced management training programme in 2011 as part of the company’s continued commitment to engaging and retaining valued employees, as well as attracting fresh new talent. Jurys Inn has been awarded Gold Standard by Investors in People, in recognition of its consistent excellence at the highest levels of people management practice.

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