24 Jobs Lost As Hotel and Spa Closes
6:06am 15th September 2014
Portland's Ocean Hotel and Spa closes today with the loss of 24 jobs.
Owner Verna Herry's closing it down because she can't guarantee the peaceful retreat she had planned for guests, while building work at the Portland Academy's taking place.
She's now trying to find work for those who have lost their jobs though she says she has been approached by employers wanting to take some of them on.
Verna said "We have worked tremendously hard in recent times to build and market the hotel as a welcoming spa retreat and our four star status from Visit England endorses this. However, with the building work on the new Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy about to commence we now recognise that the hotel and its location is no longer an attractive destination for guests seeking a luxurious peaceful break.
"We have taken the decision to close before building work commences in order to avoid compromising the essence of who we are as a company and disappointing future guests."
Verna further commented "My personal passion has always been focussed on training and sharing knowledge. In time we will re-locate our business and create a spa and training academy that will not only provide wonderful treatments but also offer training to students interested in health and beauty."