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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.    […]

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 […]

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