Market Marvels: Tom Ross, group operations director, Home Grown Hotels

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The Pig brand has become synonymous with luxury country boutique hotels since Robin Hutson created the model in 2011, with the launch of the very first Pig in Brockenhurst. Fast forward six years and now the ‘Piggy’ litter consists of a powerful five properties, in Bath, Dorset, Southampton and finally the Pig at Combe in Devon, which opened in 2016.

Ross and Hutson first met when Ross started working at the first Hotel du Vin in Winchester when the group was in its infancy.

From then his passion for the sector took him to the USA in various positions before returning to UK shores in 2004 to Hotel du Vin Brighton, followed by his first GM stints at the brand’s hotels in Tunbridge Wells and Cheltenham. Ross was given the new title of group operations director at Home Grown Hotels late last year.

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He has been working at The Pig Bath since it launched to the market in 2012 and his role grew to encompass The Pig at Combe when it opened its doors in April. News of his appointment came as CEO Hutson reported that Home Grown Hotels had grown to become a £20m business in just five years. The business employs 500-plus staff, serving an average of 600-700 covers a day and boasting an occupancy across the portfolio of north of 90%. With another two hotels already in the pipeline, Hutson brought in Ross so he could concentrate specifically on developing the product and working on these new sites. He said Ross was ‘the perfect guy for the job’, knowing the Pig product inside out and having a passion for developing people, which is a central focus for the booming boutique group.

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Home Grown Hotels

Properties: 5

Locations: Dorset, New Forest, Bath, Southampton, Devon.

Website: www.thepighotel.com

Twitter: @The_Pig_Hotel

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