Tom Ross becomes group ops director at Home Grown Hotels as group grows to £20m business

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Tom Ross, previously operations director at The Pig near Bath and The Pig at Combe, is to become group operations director for Home Grown Hotels, Robin Hutson’s iconic boutique hotel portfolio.

Ross has been working at The Pig Bath since it opened in 2012 and his role grew earlier this year to encompass the newest ‘Piggy’ in the litter, The Pig at Combe, which opened in April 2016.

Now his new position of group operations director comes as CEO Hutson reports that Home Grown Hotels has grown to be a £20m business in just five years.

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Two other long term hotel directors, Lora Strizic and Jorge Gertrudes each add a hotel to their existing responsibilities.

The Pig on the Beach and the new Sussex Pig for Lora and the original Pig in the New Forest and The Pig in the Wall in Southampton for Jorge.

Hutson said: “In 2017 we will have five operating hotels and two in the pipeline, 500+ staff, occupancy north of 90% and serve an average of 600-700 covers a day. I personally have run out of bandwidth and need additional help on the operational side which will allow me to concentrate on developing the product and working with Judy on new sites. Tom is the perfect guy for this critical operations job, he knows our way and the Pig product inside out, he is a great food and beverage operator and is passionate about developing people.”

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