Edwardian Hotels London, which owns and operates 12 hotels in London and Manchester, will be collaborating with Imperial College Business School to improve its existing training programme.
As part of the relationship, the hospitality group will benefit from Imperial's Executive Education offer and join the Imperial Business Partners programme. The initiative brings together business leaders with Imperial College London's academics to exchange learning and insights.
The hospitality group has committed to a 10-year development programme and intends to train more than 250 people.
Paul Mansi, chief operating officer, Edwardian Hotels London, said: "We have always been focused on the needs of our hosts. This programme will not only help them to uphold the quality of service our guests expect, but also evolve our existing training and take day-to-day operational thinking to another level."
The first training course will begin on 1 March. Topics include Smart Cities - the future of technology and its likely implications for life, work and leisure in a modern metropolis; personal and organisational leadership; and Service Design - a design-led approach to business strategy and customer service.
Participants will also benefit from using Imperial's Impact Lab, a laboratory-based learning environment that encourages people to come up with new ways of thinking and working.
Professor G ‘Anand' Anandalingam, dean of Imperial College Business School (pictured above right with Jasminder Singh, chairman & CEO of Edwardian Hotels London), said: "We hope this alliance will provide deeper insights into the challenges facing hotel executives and look forward to working closely together to create an executive education programme that draws on our approach for real-world learning that meets the needs of professionals at all stages of their careers."
Edwardian Hotels London's portfolio includes the May Fair hotel in London and Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester in the city's Free Trade Hall.
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