Andrew Brownsword, the entrepreneur who swapped greetings cards for hotels and Howard Hastings, of Hastings Hotels have been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Brownsword, who owns Gidleigh Park, Bath Priory Hotel and the Abode Collection is to be a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Hastings, who owns the Culloden and the Ballygally Castle Hotel in Northern Ireland is to receive an MBE.
Brownsword, who set up a foundation which buys and loans works of art to museum – including work by Gainsborough who lived for a time in Bath – received the award for services to arts, health and heritage in and around Bath and the south west.
Another philanthropic vehicle, The Brownsword Charitable Foudation is primarily a grant-making body that has given more than £1.5m to two museums in Bath; The Holburne Museum of Art and Number One, Royal Crescent.
He also donated towards the cost of refurbishing public spaces outside Exeter Cathedral and supported a three year project in conjunction with Cancer Research.
Howard Hastings, MD of Hastings Hotel Group in Northern Ireland received an OBE for services to tourism and hospitality.