Puma Hotels Collection

General Manager of the Buxton Palace Hotel, Joel Fagg, has won the esteemed Acorn Award, which recognises the most promising talent under 30 in the hospitality and catering industry across the UK.

The award, which is hosted by Caterer and Hotelkeeper Magazine, is presented to 30 hospitality and catering employees each year, whether they work for a budget hotel, Michelin star restaurant or contract caterer. The award highlights individuals who have reached prestigious roles at a young age and are dedicated to the industry and its future. Previous winners include Marco Pierre White and Michael Caines.

Joel, 26, was nominated for the award by Jane Sunley, CEO of LearnPurple. He was strong candidate with his impressive career history, starting by setting up his own entertainment business aged 15, from where he fast tracked to hotel General Manager aged 26. Joel’s success has already been reflected in other awards including Most Promising Tourism Student in Lancashire, Paramount Hotels Foundation Degree Prize and winner of the Acorn Scholarship 2011. Joel has also shown dedication to the industry though his roles as Springboard Ambassador, PATH Committee (Placement Advisors for Tourism and Hospitality) and on the panel of the Acorn Scholarship Committee.

Joel is currently in a new role as General Manager of Buxton Palace Hotel. Previously, he was Operations Manager at Walton Hall and Hotel, Food and Beverage Manager at Shrigley Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club and Conference and Banqueting Manager at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, which are all part of the Puma Hotels’ Collection.

Joel comments, “I am delighted to have been chosen from hundreds of applicants and the shortlist of 115 for this prestigious award. With my new senior role at the Palace Hotel I hope to continue my hard work and dedication to the industry, and maintain the high standards our guests expect.”


Editorial Notes

With over 2800 bedrooms and 215 conference and meeting rooms, plus Health & Leisure Clubs and Spa’s, Puma Hotels’ Collection offers excellent facilities for both leisure and corporate guests.

Puma Hotels’ Collection has 21 hotels throughout the country, from traditional coastal and country retreats to vibrant town and city getaways, all the way from Scotland to Torquay.

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Portfolio Includes

The Stirling Highland Hotel, The Marine Hotel, Troon; Redworth Hall Hotel, Country Durham; The Carlton Hotel Edinburgh, The Lygon Arms, Broadway; The Old Ship Hotel Brighton, Combe Grove Manor Hotel, Bath; Billesley Manor Hotel, Nr Stratford-Upon-Avon; Daventry Court Hotel, Northamptonshire; Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire; Basingstoke Country Hotel, Hampshire; Walton Hall, Warwickshire; Walton Hotel, Warwickshire; Shrigley Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club, Cheshire; The Palace Hotel Buxton, Derbyshire; The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, The Imperial Hotel Blackpool, The Oxford Hotel, Cheltenham Park Hotel, The Angel Hotel Cardiff, The Imperial Hotel, Torquay.


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