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Grange Hotels and Clipper

03 June 2013

Grange Hotels are delighted to be an official Great Britain Team Partner in the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race, commencing Sunday 1 September 2013 from St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge, London.

Grange Hotels is London’s leading independent hotel group. Recent accolades include ‘Best Small Hotel Company 2013’ (Business Travel Awards), ‘Hotelier of the Year’ (ABA 2013) and ‘Highly Commended’ in London Loves Excellence Awards 2013. Grange Hotels has a long-standing commitment to London’s arts, cultural and sporting scenes. This new partnership between Grange Hotels, the Clipper Race and GREAT Britain entry reinforces Grange Hotels’ core values of team work and the pursuit of excellence.

Grange Hotels Managing Director Tony Matharu said “This is an exciting opportunity to continue our support for major International sporting events and to once again demonstrate that London sets and achieves the very highest standards. Team GB excelled at the Olympics and Paralympics Games in 2012 and Grange Hotels, together with the Clipper Race, looks forward to another GREAT achievement on the first anniversary of the London Olympics legacy.”

He added “I believe our brands complement one another with both Grange Hotels and the Clipper Race demonstrating their individual and collective skills, passion and commitment to achieving success as GREAT British businesses. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy this world-class sporting event and to discover all that London has to offer. We look forward to meeting the crew and wish them every success in their forthcoming challenge.”

Legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and chairman of Clipper Race organisers Clipper Ventures, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Grange Hotels as a GREAT Britain Team partner. They are perfect hosts for the Clipper Race and its partners and we are very grateful for their support. This is a unique project and I am very proud that the Clipper Race can provide a powerful platform to promote GREAT Britain trade and tourism to a global audience. We look forward to working with Grange Hotels and the other GREAT British brand partners with the UK Government, through the Prime Minister’s office, to deliver a highly effective international marketing campaign.”

The GREAT Britain branded yacht was launched in Trafalgar Square today (31 July 2013). The project brings together a cross-section of partners from the private sector to sponsor the GREAT Britain yacht over the next 16 months and participates in an international campaign that will link up with UK trade and tourism marketing initiatives.

Grange Hotels design, build and manage sixteen 4* & 5* hotels in prime Central London locations. The Group offers luxury accommodation, state-of-the art conference and events and award-winning Health Clubs and Spas. Visit for further information.

For further information please contact:

Mary Doogan, Group General Manager
T: 020 7863 3700

Claire Farrington, Partnerships Manager
T: 020 7630 2000


The GREAT campaign is an international initiative to promote trade and tourism for GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland.

The campaign has been developed by DCMS on behalf of the Prime Minister, working with colleagues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Trade & Investment, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, VisitBritain, and the British Council. The campaign offers a chance for the whole world to discover everything that the UK has to offer, as one of the best places in the world to live, work, visit, invest and do business.

In 1969 Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the planet – reinforcing the GREAT British spirit of adventure that has inspired the world for generations. His subsequent accomplishments as an international yachtsman are legendary with a succession of global campaigns. However, his passion for celebrating Britain’s heritage as a maritime trading nation and promoting UK trade overseas may be less well known. The two were combined in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – introducing thousands of novice sailors to the thrill of ocean racing on a fleet of yachts representing global destinations and brands, promoting international trade and tourism.

In 2012 the Clipper Race proudly supported the launch of the GREAT Britain campaign, celebrating the very best of British in our Olympic year, promoting the UK in key global markets, culminating in New York with GREAT Britain spinnakers announcing the fleet’s arrival during HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – opening several days of high profile events hosted by the Clipper Race and its partners.

In 2013, Sir Robin is not only celebrating the 45th anniversary of setting out on his pioneering circumnavigation but he is also marking 17 years of the Clipper Race with a record breaking ninth edition of the unique biennial event, setting off on 1 September from Tower Bridge in London on an 11-month global adventure:

• Launching the world’s biggest matched fleet of large ocean racing yachts
• Inspiring over 600 ‘ordinary’ people from 40 nationalities to do something extraordinary
• Creating the world’s longest yacht race at more than 40,000 miles, visiting 15 ports on six continents
• Promoting GREAT Britain, GREAT British brands and values, in an Olympic legacy campaign with a GREAT Britain boat as the Clipper Race fleet’s flagship!