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VisitEngland announce the 2018 Awards for Excellence

08:37 Thu 3rd May 2018

Last week VisitEngland  announced the recipients of its annual awards for Excellence in the UK Tourism Industry. For the 29th year running, pub landlords, boutique hotel owners, B & B operators and more gathered to find out who really set themselves apart in the experiences they offer their visitors VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: […]

Spotlight on the Lake District

09:41 Wed 18th April 2018

The Lake District has always been a popular destination for holidaying in the UK. With its miles of unadulterated hillsides and spectacular glistening lakes, it’s not hard to see the appeal. However, it seems that as holidaying abroad becomes more and more expensive, more families head to the Lakes for a bit of R&R. Here […]

How to use social media to boost your B&B bookings

09:44 Thu 5th April 2018

You’d be forgiven for thinking social media has had its day. However, an active social media account can be a great way to showcase your business, reach out to a new market and demonstrate exactly what makes your B&B or Boutique hotel special. Social media is an investment of time, so only use social media […]

Up and coming UK holiday destinations

13:16 Tue 27th March 2018

When considering setting up a B&B or a boutique hotel, it can be disheartening if you aren’t in popular UK holiday destinations. However, as the cost of holidays in Europe and further afield rises, Brits are finding new places to visit right here in the UK. This is opening up all sorts of opportunities for […]

Stewart Hindley featured in Luxury Bed & Breakfast Magazine for March

14:31 Wed 21st March 2018

Luxury Bed and Breakfast magazine recently spoke to Stewart Hindley & Partners senior partner Chris McDonagh on striking the best deal. You can read the full article below: Striking The Best Deal – Chris McDonagh from Stewart Hindley & Partners

5 Ways to help your B&B guests enjoy rainy day holidays in the UK

14:57 Wed 7th March 2018

The British weather is one thing that can make or break your guests’ stay that you have no control over. However, if you can weatherproof their holiday, not only are you more likely to benefit from referrals, but you’re also more likely to be welcoming them back for return visits. Weatherproofing your B&B experience also […]

7 Ways to impress your B&B guests

09:34 Tue 27th February 2018

These days finding a B&B is much easier than it ever used to be. Trip Advisor, Airbnb and HomeAway make finding a bed for the night a breeze. Whilst this is great news for many B&B owners, it’s most definitely a double-edged sword as it also means that for potential guests looking for a room […]

Ideas on how to encourage repeat business for your B&B

11:13 Mon 12th February 2018

It is tempting to focus on attracting new guests to your B&B, but don’t forget the people who have already stayed with you. Our team at UK hospitality finance experts, Stewart Hindley, spotted an article on www.bedandbreakfast.eu and have taken some of the points from the article which is full of practical tips for how […]

Press Release from The Inveraray Inn, Argyll: £750k Refurbishment

11:21 Mon 5th February 2018

Inveraray’s oldest hotel, The Inveraray Inn, has recently completed a threequarter-million-pound refurbishment, reopening to the public on the 31st of January 2018. The comprehensive refurbishment was carried out in phases over a two-year period with phase one completing on the 1st January 2017 and phase two completing on the 31st January 2018. The works included […]

Spotlight on Devon and Cornwall

11:39 Fri 26th January 2018

Devon and Cornwall remain some of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, offering some of the best coastline, countryside and varied towns and cities in the country. Here we highlight below some great and varied places to stay in the region, all of which also just happen to have benefited from the expert […]

12 key things you need to consider before starting your holiday lettings business

11:53 Wed 17th January 2018

The market for UK holiday lets is booming so, if you own additional properties to your home you may well be tempted to go into the holiday lettings business.  Or, perhaps you are looking to buy a property for holiday letting. As hospitality finance experts, we receive many enquires and have helped a significant number […]

Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Bed & Breakfast Businesses

11:57 Wed 10th January 2018

It is important that Bed & Breakfast owners continuously look for ways to grow their business. This is a matter we here at Stewart Hindley always stress the importance of. As we are committed to being as supportive as we can to our clients we always highlight opportunities for achieving growth. One of the strongest […]

Spotlight on Wales

16:13 Tue 19th December 2017

Wales is a particularly good location to run a hospitality business, according to official tourism statistics* which showed a rise in occupancy figures across all accommodation types this Summer. Wales – an increasingly popular hospitality business choice The figures revealed significant growth in the number of people using hotels, hostels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, […]

Breakfast Do’s And Don’ts If You Want To Impress

13:14 Tue 12th December 2017

First impressions count and nowhere is that more true than for the breakfast you are served at a B&B or hotel. So, our team at Stewart Hindley & Partners, specialist B&B finance and business advisors have put together a few ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ if you are  B&B or hotel proprietor looking to offer breakfast to […]

Book Yourself onto a Bed & Breakfast Course & Kickstart Your Dream

09:15 Fri 8th December 2017

If you’ve dreamed of owning your own bed and breakfast or guest house for a while, you’ve no doubt read many wonderful books, blogs and guides on how to make it happen.  Why not take that step forward towards your dream of owning your own bed and breakfast and book yourself onto a bed and […]

Expectations for Hotel Financing In 2018

09:27 Thu 30th November 2017

In broad terms the most honest and accurate way to describe the British economic outlook is “uncertain”. We take no pleasure in saying this, but there is no hiding from it. There are several well documented factors contributing to this, ranging from ‘Brexit’ through to global concerns. An easy assumption to make when faced with […]

The UK’s Top 5 filmset location places to stay

12:20 Wed 22nd November 2017

Is your guesthouse, hotel or self catering accommodation located in a region famous for being the scene of films or television dramas? Many UK holidaymakers love to see these places in the flesh and it’s even more of a bonus if they can stay in a property which featured on the film sets. Here is […]

How To Deal With Complaints – Dos And Don’ts

10:02 Mon 13th November 2017

Guest house and hotel owners will inevitably be required to respond to the occasional case when guests feel they have had a slightly less-than-perfect stay.  So, what is the best way to handle complaints? Leading hospitality finance experts Stewart Hindley & Partners have put together a few handy list of ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts in these […]

How will the interest rate change affect hospitality lending?

09:15 Wed 8th November 2017

The most positive aspect of the recent rate rise by the Bank of England is that it was not a surprise. It was rather the case that the November 2 bank rate rise from 0.25% to 0.5% was widely expected. Now that it has happened as anticipated it’s important to manage your financial affairs with […]

Are you all set to cash in on the UK tourism boom?

09:18 Wed 25th October 2017

BBC News today (10 October) reported that tourism to the UK has reached record levels and Britons are also holidaying at home in record numbers with Britain’s beaches and attractions attracting more domestic visitors and “staycations” on the rise. Record figures Nearly 40 million overseas people are expected to have visited the country during 2017 […]

The Pink Book updated with card charges legislation

09:46 Wed 18th October 2017

The Pink Book is one of the most valuable resources available to all within the hospitality accommodation sector. It provides regularly updated information regarding legislation that affects businesses operating in the hospitality industry. A recent update has looked at the implications of changes to debit and credit card charges. In this article we are raising […]

How About A B&B In Skipton Or The Yorkshire Dales?

08:08 Mon 9th October 2017

Once again, the Yorkshire Dales confirms its enduring appeal, with Skipton being newly  crowned the most desirable area in the country by The Sunday Times’s 101 Best Places to Live in Britain. The Sunday Times judges put it in top spot for its ideal combination of low crime rates, “top class” schools, great transport links, […]

EPC Requirement Changes For Lending To Accommodation Businesses

14:37 Wed 4th October 2017

The conditions for lending to accommodation businesses are about to undergo significant change. Legislation which comes into effect as of April 2018 will see far stricter requirements be in place. This relates to the energy efficiency of a building, with strict requirements before a loan can be approved. The changes might at first appear quite […]

Overseas visitor numbers and spends reach record highs

10:03 Wed 27th September 2017

The good news for the UK hospitality industry is that visitors from abroad have reached a record high.  Office of National Statistics (ONS) Figures released earlier this month show that inbound tourism in July was the highest ever for inbound to the UK since official records began in 1961. A Record July The latest figures […]

Are hotels missing some obvious tricks to boost dining sales?

09:39 Wed 20th September 2017

Yes – according to new research by CGA and Zonal Retail Data Systems’ GO Technology report – which found that Hotels are missing out on F&B sales by not offering customers an incentive at the time of booking, or a facility to order food from their smart device during their stay. Their report surveyed 5,000 […]

The UK’s private island hotels – four of the country’s best kept secrets

09:44 Wed 23rd August 2017

When you think of private island hotels, you probably think of the Caribbean or The Barrier Reef, but did you know the UK also boasts some of its own exclusive island hotels. We highlight four of them and their stand-out factors: Devon – Burgh Island Hotel This is an art deco gem of a building […]

Could you take advantage of the rise of glamping?

08:27 Fri 11th August 2017

If you have ever searched for self-catering holiday accommodation, or are already ‘in the business’, you won’t have helped but notice that more and more proprietors are offering unusual ‘glamping’ holiday lets aimed at those looking to be more in touch with the outdoors on their holiday breaks. The most popular structures to have emerged […]

How Important Are Your Reviews?

08:13 Mon 31st July 2017

With the increasing prominence of online holiday and travel search/booking engines and the rising power of the customer review across all industries, just how important are reviews and how can proprietors respond to them? Our hospitality finance team of experts at Stewart Hindley and Partners take a look at the current trends and have put […]

Five Key Factors To Consider When Converting A Home To A B&B

14:55 Mon 17th July 2017

If you are thinking of running a bed and breakfast business from your UK home, this will almost certainly involve significant finance considerations.  Our specialist team of b&b finance advisors, here at Stewart Hindley, have identified 5 key factors which will come into play: Planning Permissions Whether or not you will need building planning permissions […]

Devon Spotlight: What makes these the best family-friendly hotels in Devon

09:21 Fri 23rd June 2017

Devon is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and many hotels there have worked hard to promote themselves as family-friendly hotels. Could you learn from them? The Telegraph’s expert panel listed the following as their Top 8 Picks for families in Devon, each scoring 7/10 or above. A beach paradise – Watersmeet Hotel […]

Is your guest WiFi offering good enough?

09:09 Tue 6th June 2017

Recent research across the UK and USA consistently highlights how vital it is for hotels and other tourism businesses to offer free, good WiFi. A few research findings The poll of 2,000 people for online retailer Pixmania revealed that 31 per cent of Britons regard access to WiFi as the second most desired ‘comfort’ while […]

Top 10 English Hotel locations

10:19 Tue 23rd May 2017

Last month a panel of experts for the Daily Telegraph put together a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England, highlighting their attractions for family holidays and couples, providing a host of learnings for anyone looking at taking over, or starting/locating, a hotel business in the UK:

Are you dog friendly yet?

11:20 Wed 10th May 2017

If you run a hotel or B&B and you don’t currently allow your guests to bring their dogs, you are potentially missing out on a rapidly growing market in pet travel. British dogs are increasingly regarded as a member of the family, with many owners seeking to take their four-legged friends with them when they […]

Top tips to keep a family guesthouse business running smoothly

10:22 Thu 20th April 2017

Many guesthouse businesses are run by partners and families, which means family conflicts can often arise. So, we have put together some useful tips, or guidelines, to help you avoid the most common family business blunders:

What makes a Hotel good for a spring stay?

08:13 Wed 5th April 2017

Here is The Telegraphs’s choice of top hotels for a Spring stay.  We look at what makes their top 8 Spring hotels such a great place to stay.  The following hotels all scored 9/10 with the Telegraph travel experts:

Thinking about buying a B&B?

15:29 Wed 29th March 2017

It’s not just making a few beds and cooking a breakfast, there are a host of things you should know to help you make a success of your new business. Where can you find good advice and benefit from the experience of other owners? Well, the internet is an obvious place to start but going […]

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