Function rooms and meetings at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest independently owned hotel group, has started 2015 with success, following five prestigious industry accreditations from VenueVerdict.

Just months after winning BDRC's Most Improved Brand in the MeetingsMarketMetrix survey 2014, Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham and Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, part of the collection of over 40 hotels across the UK, have both retained Gold Standard Accreditations from VenueVerdict - the UK's largest independent market research agency.

Macdonald Houstoun House, near Edinburgh and Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Spa near Southampton were also accredited by VenueVerdict in the highly commended category whilst Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel in Preston and the iconic five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford were both Commended for their results across 2014.

The accolades are based on rigorous research conducted by BDRC Continental, looking at feedback from conference and event hosts and delegates who used the hotels throughout 2014. Over 21,000 people were surveyed in the last quarter of 2014 across 375 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland.

Ruaridh Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, commented: "VenueVerdict accreditations are a world class endorsement of our conference and events offering.

The latest results show a great improvement on 2014 and indicate that we are consistently exceeding the expectations of our delegates and event bookers and delivering on our aim to provide the highest quality service.

"Feedback from our guests - whether they're with us on business or leisure - is fundamental for us to develop and adapt our offering according to their needs. Each hotel within the collection listens and reacts to customer feedback so it is great to see that the hard work of our hotels is recognised by the most important people - our guests."

The announcement of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts VenueVerdict accreditations follows a reported continuation of improvement in the group's trading performance and financial position, with group turnover up 5 per cent to £145.5m for the year ended 27 March 2014.