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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 […]

Should you be marketing your B&B using social media?

08:18 Tue 28th August 2018

Marketing your B&B using social media can be a double-edged sword. Whilst it can do wonders for your business, if you’re not making the right impression, then social media could damage your business irreparably. What is social media? Social media isn’t just Facebook and Twitter, although these are the most established platforms. There are all […]

How to secure an alcohol licence for hotels – key questions hotel owners ask

08:31 Wed 8th August 2018

If you own a B&B or a hotel, then it may be worthwhile offering your guests the chance to buy alcohol. If you intend to sell alcohol, or to offer it on a permanent basis in your premises, then you’ll need to apply for an alcohol licence for hotels. However, unless you’ve done this before, […]

Why Torquay B&B is a popular option among tourists

08:59 Tue 24th July 2018

If you’re thinking about setting up a B&B, the area you choose is an important part of the decision making process. It’s no wonder Torquay is such as popular place for B&Bs and boutique hotels. Nicknamed the English Riviera, Torquay has cliffs to clamber over, a seafront to stroll down, beaches to bask on and […]

Guest Blog: 10 Tips for Buying a Pub

13:33 Thu 12th July 2018

Buying a pub is a daunting task but, if you’ve always dreamed of doing it, there’s things you can keep in mind that will make the process a lot easier. Here are 10 tips for buying a pub! Make sure it’s the right time. Running a pub is a very demanding role and buying one […]

6 ways you can use local events to promote your B&B

10:33 Tue 3rd July 2018

Organised local events can often bring large numbers of tourists and visitors to your area, and there are many ways you can make the most of this opportunity to secure bookings for your B&B or boutique hotel. Here are 6 ways you can work with event organisers to use these local events to leverage bookings: […]

Are you risking your B&B business?

12:20 Tue 26th June 2018

Trading as a B&B on a residential mortgage can leave you open to the risk that your loan will be called in by the bank. Whilst this often happens towards the end of a loan period, it can happen at any point. Suddenly, you find yourself with 3 options: Find a lot of money to […]

The real story of a day in the life of a B&B owner

09:40 Wed 6th June 2018

Elaine and Lee own a beautiful B&B a short walk from Torquay seafront. They welcome guests from around the world to use their home as a base from which to enjoy spectacular coastal walks and visit popular tourist sites, such as the model village and the national park. Elaine and Lee moved to Blenheim House […]

6 things every successful owner does before starting a B&B

08:17 Fri 25th May 2018

Starting a B&B is seriously hard work. It can be extremely liberating too, breaking free from your day job to pursue your dream. But, if you’re going to be successful, you need to be prepared. Here are 6 things you need to do before starting a B&B business if you want to be successful. 1.    […]

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