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Malhotra Group grows management team as estate rapidly expands

Newcastle-based hospitality and leisure group, Malhotra Group PLC has boosted its management team with three senior appointments as it enters a period of significant expansion.

The firm has appointed barrister, Anu Kaura, as Head of Human Resources, Marcin Szmycinski in the role of Operations Manager and Joanne Padgett in the position of Project Manager.

Kaura has spent almost 20 years handling private and legal aid work for law firms, and will bring her experience to bear on complex employment matters and on property related agreements.

Szmycinski comes from The Vermont Hotel, Newcastle, where he held the combined role of operations manager and deputy general manager. His primary responsibility will be the day to day management of all leisure outlets in the Group’s portfolio.

Padgett is an experienced construction manager and will oversee a variety of projects from inception to completion.

The Malhotra Group, which owns some of Tyneside’s most popular hotels, bars and restaurants, along with a portfolio of residential care homes under its Prestwick Care division, has significant expansion plans.

Among these plans are the building of a 64-bedroom hotel at the Three Mile Inn site, Gosforth, featuring conference and function facilities, private dining, cafe and residents lounge, plus the complete refurbishment of the existing bar and Scalini’s restaurant.

The New Northumbria Hotel, at Jesmond, is also to be redeveloped to include a new sport’s bar within the former Louis restaurant, a new gin bar and additional bedrooms while Market Lane – known as Monkey Bar – at Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, is also to be fully refurbished over both floors.

In addition, Prestwick Care is embarking on two new care home schemes – a 66- bedroom home at Ryhope, Sunderland, which will open at the end of 2018 and the development of the former Rex Hotel, Whitley Bay, which will open as an 83-bedroom home in 2019. The construction of a new 87-room care facility is already underway in Alnwick, Northumberland.