Weetwood Hall Estate Complaints Policy
This policy statement sets out the hotels approach to dealing with complaints during your visit to Weetwood Hall Limited.
1. We pride ourselves on offering a high level of service across all areas of the estate and will, therefore, do everything we can to establish and maintain our standards. This includes seeking to resolve any concerns or complaints promptly, and to the satisfaction of all concerned.
2. We welcome feedback on your stay. We will carefully consider all feedback, whether positive or negative, and will review our policies and practices accordingly.
3. We will treat all concerns and complaints seriously and courteously. In return, we expect guests to behave respectfully towards all members of the Weetwood Hall Limited. In particular, any disagreement with the Weetwood Hall Limited should not be expressed inappropriately or in front of other guests.
4. All team members and members of the Senior Leadership Team, will receive a copy of this policy statement and will be familiar with the estates procedures for dealing with concerns and complaints, to which they will have access as required. The policy is available on request to guests and is on our website.
5. This procedure will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary.
6. Staff will receive training in handling concerns and complaints as appropriate. This may be on an individual basis, or as a group activity for all staff, or for specific departments.
7. Whilst we will seek to resolve concerns and complaints to the satisfaction of all parties, it may not be possible to achieve this in every case. We will, therefore, use our option to close a complaint before all the stages of the estate’s procedures have been exhausted, if this appears to be appropriate.
Weetwood Hall Estate Ltd
Procedures for Dealing with Complaints
Most concerns from guests are handled under the following general procedures.
• To ensure you receive an effective response to your complaint, it will be helpful if you:
• Co-operate with Weetwood Hall Estate in seeking a solution to the complaint
• Express the complaint during your visit as early as possible; complaints must be raised within two working days of an incident occurring
• respond promptly to request for information or in agreeing the details of the complaint
• ask for assistance if needed; and
• treat all those involved in the complaint, with respect.
The procedure is divided into three stages.
The informal stage aims to resolve the concern through speaking with the Duty Manager on duty when the incident/concern arose.
Stage one is the first formal stage at which written complaints are considered by the Operations Manager who has special responsibility for dealing with complaints.
Stage two is the next stage once stage one has been worked through. It involves a complaints appeal to the General Manager.
How each of these stages operates is explained below:
Informal stage – your initial contact with the Duty Manager
1. Many concerns will be dealt with informally when you make them known to us. The first point of contact should be with the Duty Manager.
2. Once your concern is made known to us, we will see you, or contact you by telephone in your room, as soon as possible. If it is necessary, all members of staff know how to refer to the appropriate person with responsibility for your particular issues. He or she will make a clear note of the details and will check later to make sure that the matter has been followed up.
3. If you are still dissatisfied following this informal approach, your concern will become a formal complaint and we will deal with it at the next stage.
Stage One – formal consideration of your complaint
This stage in our procedures applies where you are not happy with the informal approach to dealing with your concern, as outlined above.
1. Normally, your written complaint should be addressed to the Operations Manager. If, however, your complaint concerns the Operations Manager personally, it should be sent to Weetwood Hall Hotel Limited marked “for the attention of the General Manager”.
2. We will acknowledge your complaint in writing as soon as possible after receiving it. This will be within three working days.
3. We will enclose a copy of these procedures with the acknowledgement.
4. The complaint will either be investigated by the Operations Manager, or they may ask a senior member of staff to be the investigating officer.
5. Normally we would expect to respond in full within 7 working days but if this is not possible, we will write to explain the reason for the delay and let you know when we hope to be able to provide a full response.
6. As part of our consideration of your complaint, we may invite you to a meeting (phone or zoom call or in person) to discuss the complaint and fill in any details required. If you wish, you can ask someone to accompany you to help you explain the reasons for your complaint.
7. Following the meeting, the Operations Manager, investigating officer or, where necessary, talk to witnesses and take statements from others involved.
8. If the complaint is against a member of staff, it will be dealt with under the estate’s internal confidential procedures, as required by law.
9. The Operations Manager or investigating officer will keep dated records of all meetings and telephone conversations, and other related documentation.
10. With regards to meetings with yourself or other witnesses, accurate notes will be agreed and signed by both/all parties
11. Once we have established all the relevant facts, we will send you a written response to your complaint. This will give an explanation of the Operations Manager or investigating officer decision and the reasons for it the outcome.
12. If you are unhappy with the way in which we reached our conclusions, you may wish to proceed to stage two, as described below. If you wish to move your complaint to stage two, you should contact us within 3 working days of receiving your response.
Stage Two – consideration by a General Manager
▪ If the complaint has already been through stage one and you are not happy with the outcome as a result of the way in which the complaint has been handled, you can take it further to the General Manager. This is a formal process, and the ultimate recourse at Weetwood Hall Limited. The purpose of this arrangement is to give you the chance to present your views in front of the General Manager who have no prior knowledge of the details of the case and who can, therefore, consider it without prejudice.
▪ However, the aim of the appeal to the General Manager is not to rehear the complaint. It is there to review how the complaint has been investigated and to determine whether this has been conducted fairly. It is there to establish facts and make recommendations which will reassure you that we have taken the complaint seriously.
The General Managers appeal operates according to the following formal procedures:
1. The General Manager will aim to review the complaint within 3 working days of receiving your request.
2. You will be asked whether you wish to provide any further written documentation in support of your appeal.
3. As a rule, no evidence, or witnesses previously undisclosed should be introduced at this stage by any of the participants. If either party wishes to do so, the appeal will be adjourned so that the other party has a fair opportunity to consider and respond to the new evidence.
4.You will receive the written outcome of the General Managers appeal together with their decision.
Closure of complaints
Very occasionally, Weetwood Hall Limited feels that it needs, regretfully, to close a complaint where the complainant is still dissatisfied. We will do all we can to help to resolve a complaint against Weetwood Hall Estate Limited but sometimes it is simply not possible to meet all the complainant’s wishes. Sometimes it is simply a case of “agreeing to disagree”.
UK GDPR and DPA Complaints
If your complaint is in relation to UK GDPR and DPA, this should be directed to the Liam Hanna, who is responsible for dealing with all complaints in line with the complaints process outlined above. This will be the basis for dealing with Data Protection Complaints and appeals. A written outcome will be provided. If Weetwood Hall Estate Limited does not comply with a Subject Access Request within 1 month (subject to any extension), or refuses all or part of the request, written reasons will be provided, setting out the principles for the refusal.
If you feel that the Weetwood Hall Limited have not dealt with your matter satisfactorily you can complaint to the Information Commissioner
Information Commissioner’s Office
Or by email: email@example.com
More information is on the ICO website www.ico.org.uk
This policy is reviewed by the senior leadership team on an annual basis