Meet the Member - Yaad and Pavan of Parr's Bank Hotel
Who are you?
My name is Pavan, Owner and Commercial Director of Parr's Bank Hotel. Along with my husband and business partner Yaad, we're in the process of opening our first joint venture together in Warrington.
With roots already in the town from Yaad's side of the family, I moved up from Solihull in 2019 and feel like Warrington is now my second home.
What sets you apart from the competition?
You could say leisure and tourism is in our blood. Our parents have owned and managed properties successfully for many years. They're still on hand to offer advice and guidance, particularly around attention to detail and going the extra mile for guests.
How did the business come about?
Our long-distance relationship resulted in spending a vast amount of time in hotels up and down the country. We started to take note of what makes a great stay at these places. Most were good, but the simplest of "luxuries" could go amiss.
Whether it was a 5-star hotel or a simple Air BnB, our stays helped to turn a dream into a reality. And then I saw a For Sale sign on Winwick Street whilst walking past. It felt like the perfect opportunity to take hold of and turn a stunning building into something Warrington can be proud of.
What are your main target markets?
As of writing this, we are still in the planning phase. The hotel is due to launch in 2021, so a lot is happening in the meantime. During this phase, we want to talk to both the local and business community in Warrington. If anyone has any stories about this historic building, we'd love to hear them.
With the business community, we want to be part of Warrington and help put it on the map. So, we're keen to speak to people who share this vision.
When we launch, we see the hotel guests split into two. The weekday stay for people looking for a little extra luxury whilst on business. The second combines with the town's growing leisure offering. We would love to help keep weekend visitors here day and night so that they get a real taste of Warrington.
How long has your business been in existence?
It's coming up to a year old now, how time flies!
How many staff do you employ?
It's just the two of us, but anyone who would like to discuss working with us in the future, we'd be more than happy to talk.
What job or achievement makes you most proud?
In all honesty, it's buying such a historic building. Yaad, in particular, is immensely proud of doing so, with so many friends and contacts around the town. When we restore it to its former glory, that'll be the new proudest moment.
Where do you see the business being in five years?
Locally, we'd like to see Parr's Bank Hotel recognised as Warrington's first truly boutique hotel experience that's brought new people into the town. We'd also love the see the space used for events (the bigger, the better). The hall and front room is something to behold, and it would make a beautiful backdrop.
We'd also like to open another boutique hotel, potentially in another country.
Yaad was born in Warrington and is a huge advocate of both the town and the region. We've been lucky enough to travel the world, but as cheesy as it sounds, nothing beats the feeling of home. There are big plans for the town, and if we can help bring them to life, we'll be part of something extraordinary.
Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?
The building was built in 1877 and was the main branch for Parr & Co. The founders, Joseph Parr, a sugar boiler, his brother-in-law Matthew Lyon, and Walter Kerfoot, a solicitor, set up in the town where it became known as "The Warrington Bank".
It's gone through many name changes over the years, settling on The Westminster Bank in 1923. It started to trade as National Westminster Bank on 1st January 1970 and was home to the Natwest until 2015. And now, here we are!
Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (i.e., hobbies, amusing fact, etc.)
Pavan once appeared on Teletubbies as she is a trained Indian classical dancer. Yaad signed for Warrington Wolves at the age of 15 and stayed on their books until he was 20.
Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?
Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Robert De Niro
Maharaja Ranjit Singh