The company says it is doing this to ensure that the health and welfare of all of its team members as well as that of its guests is safeguarded to the best of its ability.
GG Hospitality, the hospitality management company which is co-owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, also announced that it will not be making any member of its staff redundant or putting anyone on unpaid leave.
And following discussions that took place over the past week with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), the company has announced it will be accommodating their healthcare workers and medical professionals free of charge at Hotel Football and at Stock Exchange Hotel in order to provide them with a comfortable place to stay in these challenging times.
“We have taken this decision as we believe in being proactive and decisive,” said Gary Neville, one of the main shareholders of GG Hospitality and the two properties.
“We feel that we have a responsibility to protect our team members and as shareholders we have put together the resources to put us in the best position to do this. Our company’s success is all down to our team and we feel it is critical that we look after everyone in these challenging times.
“We have been putting plans together for the past four weeks and have triggered various actions as things have developed.
“A key consideration in our plans was to try and support the wider community and more specifically our local NHS hospitals. By offering both our hotels without cost to the health service we hope that this gives some support to the healthcare professionals in a time when they need it.
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“We will reopen once the situation is declared safe and, in the meantime, we will do our utmost to ensure our team members are looked after and where possible we will help the wider community.
“These are not easy times, but we are confident we will come out on the other end stronger as a company and as a community.”
“A huge thank you to Gary and the team at GG Hospitality for this incredible gesture,” said Gill Heaton, group deputy chief executive at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).
“This will give a real boost to our hard-working NHS staff at MFT who are working round the clock to provide care for the communities we serve.”