Multi-award winning B&B owner gives talk

jill and Jeff Sutheran of St Cuthbert's House B&B in North Sunderland.
jill and Jeff Sutheran of St Cuthbert's House B&B in North Sunderland.

The co-owner of a multi-award-winning north Northumberland bed and breakfast will be the guest speaker at a tourism workshop.

Jeff Sutheran, of St Cuthbert’s House Bed and Breakfast, in Seahouses, will be talking about the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence at an information session in Gateshead on Wednesday.

The awards take place in spring 2017 and applications will open in late August with a closing date of October 14, 2016.

In partnership with NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Visit County Durham, VisitEngland is holding the free workshop on the awards.

It will be an opportunity for businesses to discover more about the award categories, application process and what the judges look for in a winning business.

The session will also cover managing guest expectations and online reviews, so could be of interest to any accommodation provider, visitor attraction, restaurant or pub operator.

Mr Sutheran runs St Cuthbert’s House with wife Jill and the pair have had great success, winning gold at both the North East England Tourism Awards and National Awards for Excellence.

During the workshop, he will talk about his experience and the benefits of entering these awards.

Subjects to be covered at the workshop include: Meeting the VisitEngland team and learn more about what makes a winning business; find out what judges look for when judging a business; find out more about the application process, the rules and the new categories; managing guest expectations and online reviews.

The workshop runs from 10.30pm to 1pm at Jurys Inn Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3AE. There is a maximum two places per business. To register, visit