The founder of Apex Hotels has been awarded an
OBE for services to the Scottish Tourism Industry in the Queen’s
Birthday Honours list 2018.
Norman Springford founded the company in 1996
with the opening of his first hotel in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
Since then he has grown the company from a
single hotel to a portfolio of ten spanning five cities –
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Bath and London.
family-run, four-star contemporary hotel group now employs more
than 1,000 (FTE) staff and offers a combined total of 1,456 rooms.
Reacting to the news, Norman
Springford said, “Our company was founded on the principle of good
old fashioned hospitality and service with a smile. Fast forward
22 years and we still remain as committed as ever to extending a
warmer welcome to every guest in all of our hotels. The
success of the Apex brand comes down to the tremendous work of the
amazing, talented and dedicated people working across the group. I
am humbled to receive this honour which is testament to a huge
When Norman Springford stepped down
as chairman of the company in 2014 he was replaced by son Ian
Springford who emphasised his commitment to upholding the values
and standards instilled by his father.
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