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How To Turn Your Home Into a Guesthouse

13:30 Tue 7th January 2020

Running a guesthouse can be rewarding and fun, not to mention a great way to make money from your property without having to sell it. However, it’s important to keep in mind that running a guesthouse is a big commitment, and there are rules to follow and standards to meet. Here are just some of […]

6 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Commercial Property

09:11 Fri 20th December 2019

Guest Blog In most circumstances, buying property can be considered a sound investment. This applies as much to commercial property as it does to a domestic property purchase. But in the same way that you would not buy a private house until you had gone through all the checks and put everything in place ready […]

What You Need to Know About Financing a Pub Purchase

12:20 Tue 17th December 2019

Many people who run pubs start off as tenants or leaseholders before considering buying a freehold once they’ve built up their knowledge, skills and experience. Buying a pub and running it as a free house means you will be an independent business without any ties to a specific brewery or company – so you’ll be […]

Everything You Need to Know About Commercial Mortgages

13:06 Tue 10th December 2019

Whether you’re thinking of investing in a property for your business or you want to free up equity from an existing property, a commercial mortgage could be the answer. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about commercial mortgages. What is a commercial mortgage? A commercial mortgage is a mortgage that is specifically […]

The Definitive Guide on How to Market Your Hotel

13:45 Tue 3rd December 2019

You’ve set up an incredible hotel, with comfortable, stylish rooms, all the very latest amenities, and a great team. But what use is having the best facilities, location, and customer service if no one knows you exist? That’s where marketing comes into play. Building an effective marketing strategy for your hotel will help you to […]

Is Short Term Finance Right For You?

12:35 Thu 28th November 2019

Many businesses will find themselves in a position where they need to secure additional funds in order to cover expenses or take the next steps in growing their enterprise. Of course, with finance, it’s important to carefully consider which type is right for you. Here’s our guide to short term finance which will help to […]

How To Start A Holiday Let Business

Whether it’s a short break or a longer summer holiday, more and more of us are choosing to holiday in the UK. As demand for holidays in the UK continues to grow, so do the opportunities available for those considering letting out a property to holiday makers. If you’re thinking about starting a holiday let […]

Thinking of Selling your Hotel?

09:18 Mon 7th October 2019

Thinking of Selling Your Hotel? Here’s How to Know it’s the Right Time As an established hotel owner, you may perhaps have entertained the idea of selling your business. You may understand that timing plays a part in such decisions. But is now the best time? And how will you even know when that ‘best […]

4 Tips for Appliance Safety in Your B&B

14:38 Wed 4th September 2019

Beckie Hatton is a Product Manager at Home Appliance Care, so she understands exactly how important it is to have safe and efficient electrical appliances. Here, she offers her advice to B&B owners who want to follow the rules and keep guests safe. All B&B owners have a legal responsibility to safeguard the public and […]

Handy Hospitality with a Motorhome Lifestyle

10:49 Thu 11th July 2019

When we think of holidays, the standard reaction is to think of golden beaches, warmer climates, palm trees and hotels. With the ever increasing costs of foreign adventures more and more people are looking for an alternative way to enjoy their break away. For many the answer could be on their doorstep…. Hospitality at Home […]

10 things your competitors can teach you about running a pub

09:26 Fri 28th June 2019

There are a lot of pubs across the UK that are closing, however, there is still a large market that new business owners can tap into! In general, many licensed premises seem to be migrating to larger properties where it’s possible to develop a more varied and ‘experiential’ offer for their customers. Keeping on top […]

Commercial Property Finance – Invest in your Business

10:42 Mon 17th June 2019

The Federation of small businesses reports that there were 5.6 million small UK business at the start of 2018, and the UK real estate market is still a very desirable investment. The appeal of owning commercial property, whether to run a business from it, or rent out the space is keeping the UK commercial property […]

Is combining career and property investment the way forward?

14:32 Wed 5th June 2019

For people today there are daily stresses of work, finance and finding balance in life. What if you could combine property ownership and work? The general misconception is that owning a bed and breakfast or guest house is for people in the later stages of their lives, looking to step away from perhaps a stressful […]

The appeal of the British glamping holiday

08:06 Thu 30th May 2019

The glamping holiday – a very British affair Shepherds huts, tee pees, wood lodges, yurts and even treehouses are dotted across the English countryside as glamping continues to grow in popularity. In fact, these ‘alternative’ glamping holiday accommodation units are becoming as institutional as afternoon cream teas, strawberries and tennis, and black taxis. Holidaymakers are […]

How to boost your eco appeal as a staycation destination

15:32 Tue 14th May 2019

Global tourism contributes around 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That puts the tourism industry ahead of the construction industry in its contribution to the greenhouse effect. Tourists contribute to a global carbon footprint through air travel, rail travel, even travel by road. There are hidden costs: food, and how food reaches its destination, accommodation, […]

How hoteliers can increase room rates by improving customer facilities

07:58 Wed 8th May 2019

Here, Mike Hardman from hospitality equipment suppliers Alliance Online shares his advice for hoteliers looking to improve their customers’ experience — and, therefore, increase revenue. Your revenue per available room (RevPAR) is a good way to measure the average rate you sell your rooms at, allowing you to keep track of your success and compare […]

The secrets behind a good B&B breakfast

08:36 Mon 29th April 2019

Whisper ‘full English Breakfast’ and ears will perk up instantly as images of sizzling sausages, crispy bacon, juicy mushrooms, tasty vine-ripened tomatoes grilled to perfection, golden hash browns and eggs, sunny side up, spring to mind. However, balancing the guest experience with the rising costs of food, can be tricky. You don’t want to see […]

Around the UK in 5 unmissable coastal stops, whatever the weather

09:06 Wed 10th April 2019

In summer, UK coastal B&Bs are sorted. Tourists flock to lounge on sandy beaches and paddle in crystal clear waters. But what happens the rest of the year ‘round? A visit to the coast doesn’t only have to be in summer. Let me take you to 5 British seaside destinations around the UK where you’ll […]

When do you need a commercial mortgage?

16:01 Tue 26th March 2019

One question we’re often asked is, ‘when do I need a commercial mortgage?’ The simple answer is that if you are looking for a commercial premises, either for an office, a shop or even a manufacturing unit or workshop, and you, like most people, can’t afford to buy premises outright, then a commercial mortgage is […]

What Support is Available for Business Buyers?

11:38 Wed 13th March 2019

While entrepreneurs can often find lots of generic information about buying a business, it’s less easy to find details on more specific kinds of regional support. So, we are looking at the various kinds of help available to those looking to purchase a business in the Principality of Wales. What businesses are popular in Wales? […]

British coastal path walking and guest house holidays

09:23 Wed 6th March 2019

In 2020 England’s 2,800 mile coastal path is set to open, offering ramblers, hikers and walkers access to one of the world’s longest walking routes. And for B&B and guest house owners, securing hospitality finance to invest in a B&B next to a coastal path can be a shrewd move. Whilst most people won’t have the time to take […]

6 of the most unusual B&Bs in the UK

15:17 Thu 28th February 2019

They say that to set yourself apart from the competition you need to find a point of difference. A unique selling point. A niche. By creating unusual B&Bs, some owners do just that. Here are some of the more unusual guest houses and B&Bs in the UK, where owners have really found their niche! 1. […]

Top tips on how to make your B&B dog friendly

12:11 Mon 11th February 2019

With concerns about the economy, flight delays and not wanting to leave beloved pets behind, it seems that more people are choosing to stay in the UK for their holidays. And according to a survey by Natural England, more of us are spending time in the great outdoors than ever before. For B&B owners there […]

The best B&B in the world and it’s in the English Riviera

08:54 Mon 28th January 2019

Basil Fawlty and his English Riviera hotel was a source of much laughter for many years, but ‘The 25 Boutique’ B&B in Torquay has called time on the joke, as it’s announced The Best B&B in the World by TripAdvisor in its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards. The truth is, ‘The 25 Boutique’ B&B is one […]

Top 10 things to do in Wales in 2019

09:09 Thu 10th January 2019

For a small country, Wales has a lot to offer. In fact, there’s so much on offer in Wales that it’s easy to see why it’s the subject of so many songs, or the set of so many movies. The Welsh have even got their own word to describe the feeling of longing and nostalgia […]

How will Brexit affect B&B businesses?

09:31 Fri 21st December 2018

We may be tossing and turning at night, trying to recall what last-minute Christmas gifts we need to purchase, but one person is definitely getting less sleep than us. As Teresa May continues to burn the candle at both ends with ongoing Brexit negotiations, we are left wondering how our extraction from the EU is […]

What is financial restructuring and why it applies to you

16:00 Wed 12th December 2018

Financial restructuring in hospitality businesses sounds like the sort of thing that the Hiltons, Raddissons and Travelodges of this world concern themselves with. However, financial restructuring is something that anyone and everyone who owns a public house, hotel or B&B should know is an option that they could benefit from. What is financial restructuring? Financial […]

How to Improve Your Hotel

10:26 Wed 5th December 2018

Hotels are at the forefront of the hospitality trade, so you’ll need to maintain a dynamic approach to improve, or even just retain, your market position. And while that’s rarely an easy ask in a sector where running a hotel means long hours are so often the norm, there are still a number of things you can […]

How a B&B Commercial Mortgage makes good financial sense for your B&B business

08:54 Fri 23rd November 2018

With New Year around the corner, many of us start to think about what we want out of the year ahead. The prospect of being your own boss and running a lifestyle business from home definitely has its appeal and a B&B Commercial Mortgage can help you to make that dream a reality. New Year […]

How Christmas can help you achieve year ‘round occupancy

09:41 Mon 12th November 2018

Most B&B owners are dependent on hospitality finance or B&B finance to set up, grow or improve their business. The trouble is, hospitality finance needs to be repaid and to do that, B&B owners need to focus on ways to bring in new business all year around. However, once the nights draw in and the […]

Why being passionate about local produce could boost your business

09:18 Tue 23rd October 2018

If you run an independent boutique hotel or a B&B, you want to stand out from the crowd. You may not have the advertising budget of a large hotel chain but there are ways you can make sure your guests recommend you and return themselves. It’s not just about greeting them with a welcoming smile, […]

6 Ways to recharge your business in the low season

12:17 Wed 10th October 2018

As winter approaches you may find that your B&B or hotel bookings dip slightly, but don’t waste this precious down time, use it to your advantage by getting ready for next year. Here’s six ways you can make the most of the low season: Menus: It’s a great opportunity to revisit your menus. Why not […]

Breakfast top tips your B&B or hotel guests will love

14:56 Fri 28th September 2018

If you’re the owner of a B&B or hotel then you’ll know that breakfast is one of the most important meals you can offer your guests. Get it right and you can boost your ratings. Get it wrong and you may not get a second chance. Here’s our top tips on catering for all your […]

Historic houses and cultural cities: why tourists love the UK

10:40 Tue 18th September 2018

Inbound and domestic tourism is on the up in the UK. More people are visiting from overseas and more residents are choosing a staycation over a trip abroad. According to VisitBritain, 2017 set a record for inbound tourism with 39.2 million visits, and British residents took 47.2 million holiday trips in the UK last year. […]

Hungry Jobs – Specialists in the Hospitality Sector

12:20 Tue 11th September 2018

What can HungryJobs do for you? HungryJobs is a UK based job board which specialises in the hospitality industry. With so many job boards and recruitment websites nowadays, it can be hard to know where to post jobs in order to fulfil your recruitment needs. HungryJobs stands out in a saturated market for the following […]

Guest Blog: Prepare Your B&B for a Quick Sale

09:05 Wed 5th September 2018

Selling any business in a rush is never an optimum choice. But if you need to sell your B&B quickly, it could perhaps be that you, or someone close to you, has suffered an illness which makes it impossible to manage the regular commitment the hospitality business demands. Or you might have experienced unexpected changes […]

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