£1m new-build suite for all occasions opens at Grimsby-area hotel
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Jan 2019
An early 30th anniversary 'present' will provide the setting for many a celebration as a £1 million occasions venue opened at a Grimsby-area hotel.
Stallingborough Grange has officially launched its brand new venue, creating five new jobs, with first guests already welcomed to Christmas Party nights.
The Buttercross Suite is a standalone, multi-functional venue designed to cater for weddings, celebrations, conferences, and the hotel’s own special events. The project has been three years in the planning, with construction beginning in March 2018.
Owner and general manager, Heather Dutton, said: “We’ve had weddings and special occasions here for a long time, but we always want to keep improving. The suite has more than met our expectations. It was completed on time, ready for the Christmas season, and we’ve had a lot of people excited for the venue.
“It has given the hotel another dimension. It has given us all a boost, especially the staff who have worked so hard to make the new venue work. It was a very intense year while the construction was happening, but the staff have been great and very helpful throughout. They’ve given it their full backing.”
Heather Dutton with Tim Maddinson in the new suite.
Stallingborough Grange was Heather’s childhood home before her family transformed the site into a hotel in 1989. In the intervening 30 years it has grown from five bedrooms, to 17, to 21, and finally 43, with an AA Rosette awarded to the restaurant three years running.
The Buttercross Suite has been Stallingborough Grange’s most ambitious project to date, with the new build incorporating a kitchen and catering facilities, bar area, and partitions, as well as space for up to 200 seated guests. It was completed with the help of a grant of more than £100,000 from the Leader Rural Development Programme Growth Fund, secured by E-Factor Business and Business Growth Hub advisor, Tim Maddinson.
He was introduced to the project by financial-signposting service Investment Hub NEL and worked closely with Heather and the management team throughout the application process, from developing business plans and forecasts to submitting the completed grant application with supporting evidence.
Heather said: “Tim has been fantastic, nothing has been too much trouble. He’s spent a lot of time here. It was a difficult process, but E-Factor helped to manage it and get us through. It was the right time for this project and we couldn’t have done this without the investment.”
The five new jobs could swell to 12 in the near future, with the construction carried out by Scunthorpe’s GS Kelsey.
Tim said: “It is extremely rewarding to have helped Stallingborough Grange mitigate what has been a significant investment in the venue with a grant from this national scheme. High quality venues and visitor attractions can only contribute further to the quality of life and the economic prosperity of the local economy, so all the best to Heather and her team.”