Best Property Provider or Solution: Skyline Worldwide

The judges described serviced apartment provider Skyline Worldwide as “a new company that has doubled in size, offering a first-class service, with innovation and creativity as its core values”.

The judges described serviced apartment provider Skyline Worldwide as “a new company that has doubled in size, offering a first-class service, with innovation and creativity as its core values”.Skyline’s entry, they said, was bright and breezy, full of energy, with very good supporting material. They praised the company’s attitude to its staff, which it viewed as assets, ensuring product knowledge, fast delivery and a caring approach.Launched in 2009, Skyline was well placed to take advantage of changes in corporate business culture when budgets were cut and spending on travel was falling. It could offer a high-end product at attractive prices, thanks, in part, to low overheads and carefully limited operational costs.This, believes Sabrina Carparelli, head of sales for EMEA, is the key difference between Skyline and its competitors, and the reason for its impressive growth. Skyline’s submission demonstrated the company’s innovative and creative approach through a case study on a Fortune 500 client specialising in security software.Historically, the client’s HR, travel and global mobility departments had managed their own accommodation programmes. Skyline centralised the accommodation requirement and initiated a unique tool, SkyLINK, which provided a single, easy-access platform for bookings.The system enables real-time reporting and allows corporate HQ to track its mobile workforce. This was a solution that ticked all the boxes for an organisation with a wide-ranging business, a complex structure, high volumes of employee moves, and varied accommodation needs.Cutting costs while retaining the quality of its offering is always high on Skyline’s agenda. When it looked as if a long-term financial-sector client would have to stop using serviced apartments because of increased immigration costs, Skyline was able to offer nine two-bedroomed apartments on a yearly basis at reduced rates, saving the client 50 per cent and providing the required accommodation.Says Sabrina Carparelli, “We focus on the relationship with our clients, and on long-term partnerships. That is how we are able to deliver high-value business based on trust and quality of service and delivery.” At a time when young people are keen to gain work experience, it is encouraging to see an organisation that is willing to impart career-enhancing knowledge and skills. Skyline operates its own internship programme in areas such as finance, marketing and operations. Three students are already benefiting from the scheme, and there are plans to develop it further.Skyline is clearly committed to investing in corporate and social responsibility – another aspect of its entry that impressed the judges. Learning-disabled and disadvantaged children in Birmingham have benefited from its initiatives,and the company, whose owners are Brazilian, also supports Action for Brazil’s Children. Skyline, Sabrina Carparelli says, has set its sights on creating a truly modern and holistic business, where commercial gains and local community benefits need not be mutually exclusive.www.liveskyline.com Shortlisted:Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah LivingOnefinestayThe Apartment Service

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