Yorkshire brewery buys its own pub

One of West Yorkshire's most prominent micro brewers has bought up its first premises, taking ownership of the freehold of a Wakesfield pub from the Scottish and Newcastle Pub Company.

Great Heck Brewing, which was founded in 2008 by Denzil Vallance and Jason Hall, has bought O'Donaghue's pub in the West Yorkshire town for and undisclosed sum. The pub was originally for sale for an asking price of £175,000

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Hotel to reopen following administration

Sandwell's most famous restaurant, Jonathans in Oldbury, went into administration in October last year but is about to reopen as the four-star Accor All Seasons Hotel.

In its previous guise, the business was well loved for its traditional English cooking, attracting 300 visitors a week to the three-star, 45-bedroom hotel.

It underwent a multi-million-pound revamp in a bid to start attracting a new wave of customer... Continue Reading

New company registrations rise

Following two years of steep falls, the number of new business registrations has begun to rise once more.

Recent research by Companies House has revealed that new company registrations rose by 10 per cent to 362,317 during the 12 months to March this year.

These figures, in such stark contrast to those recorded during 2007/08 and 2008/09 - when new registrations fell by 17 per cent and 11 per cent respectively - hint a... Continue Reading

Boost to small business in emergency budget

It is expected that today’s budget will boost small enterprise with the government pledging ‘help for business that doesn’t stifle investment.’

A plan to increase lending from banks to businesses is also expected, coupled with a five-year plan that will reform corporation tax.

George Osborne’s plans to increase bank lending to small and medium sized businesses was described last week by Vince Cable as a ‘key ... Continue Reading

Star-studding Edinburgh hotel for sale

A five-star Scottish hotel frequented by the stars is up for sale following the collapse of its parent group.

The prestigious Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh - which has welcomed celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox and Meryl Streep - is on the market after the Eton Collection Group collapsed.

The glitzy Edinburgh hotel, which opened in 2003, and four other hotels owned by the group are now looking for new owner... Continue Reading

Law firm helps small business make big sale

A Newcastle business man has credited the guidance of a UK law firm in helping him to sell his small business, a mobile phone firm, for an impressive £3.6 million.

When Ian Gillespie, majority shareholder of Fone Logistics, sold his company recently it was with the assistance of Muckle LLP law firm – a company he first contacted when he was setting up his small business 15 years ago.

Fone Logistics supplies mobile h... Continue Reading

Pubs go under the hammer to repay debts

A number of central London pubs will go under the hammer next month in a sale-and-lease-back enterprise by a pub group.

In an effort to raise funds to pay off debts, Enterprise Inns will put 10 London pubs on the market and then lease back the premises. The pub group hopes to raise almost £11 million through the process.

In line with previous sell-and-lease-back auctions, Enterprise Inns proposes to lease back the pubs... Continue Reading

Franchise industry is weathering economic storm

New figures just released show that franchises are bucking the economic trend and continuing to be profitable.

Despite the much publicised downturn, franchise businesses have remained a success story. The release of the 2010 Natwest/BFA Annual Continue Reading

Cable pledges contracts for small business

A serious boost to small business is on the way if a pledge to award Government contracts to the sector is realised.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said this week that the government still intends to award a quarter of all government contracts to small and medium sized businesses.

“Our policy is to ensure that 25 per cent of public procurement goes to the small business sector. We need to give access through small sca... Continue Reading

Reality show B&B on the market

A thriving B&B made famous by reality TV is still being sold despite increased bookings.

The couple behind the sale of the Georgian style B&B – which featured on Channel 4 last month – say the business is still up for sale, despite a boom in bookings since the show aired.

After taking part in the ‘Three in a Bed’ series which showcased the country’s best value guesthouses and B&Bs, business at the Bridport, Dor... Continue Reading

What the Tory-led coalition will mean for small business

For the million-plus small business owners in the UK, the 'selection' of the Conservatives by the Liberal Democrats as coalition partners will come as a huge relief.

Assuming the Lib-Dems have not negotiated assurances from the Tories to the contrary, we can expect the following pledges to be enacted over the coming year:

A reduction in the the small companies' rate of corporation tax from 22p to 20p
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Gravetye Manor Hotel is sold by administrators

Six weeks after being appointed, administrators at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) have announced that Gravetye Manor Hotel and Country Club has been sold to a new entrant to the hotels market and that the business will continue to operate as a hotel.

Gravetye Manor is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan manor house located seven miles from Gatwick Airport on the East Sussex/West Sussex border. It has iconic status as one of the UK's firs... Continue Reading

Exeter theatre enters administration

Exeter's Northcott Theatre has fallen into administration following a trustees' meeting on Wednesday evening, leaving a question mark over its future.

The Northcott, which is on the site of the University of Exeter, opened its doors on 2 November 1967, with Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. It has been serving up performances to east Devon's theatre-going public ever since, with the exception of 2007 when it c... Continue Reading

FSB calls for tax 'helping hand' for small businesses

The UK's tax regime has prevented a large of proportion of small businesses in the UK from taking on more staff and growing their organisations, according to new research.

Over half of firms questioned by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said taxes have had a negative impact on their chances of economic recovery. Businesses in the south-east of the country feel particularly strongly, closely followed by the north-west an... Continue Reading

Buyer sought for Northampton pub for sale

Punch Taverns has put a Northampton pub up for sale amid concerns over its future from local residents.

The fate of The Rose and Claret in West Hunsbury - the only pub in the area - was thrown into uncertainty after it was boarded up and rumours surfaced that it could be demolished to make way for housing.

A spokeswoman for Punch Taverns explained to reporters at the weekend that the pub site had been boarded up for se... Continue Reading