LOCAL NEWS - April 2017


The Malmaison Hotel du Vin group has been given the green light to add to its portfolio with a new property in York. Planning permission was granted by York City Council to undertake a multi-million pound renovation of Yorkshire House on Rougier Street, which will be transformed into a Malmaison-branded hotel.


Southport-based artisan gin and coffee bar Remedy has opened a second site in the appropriately named Botanic Road in the nearby village of Churchtown. The venue serves specialist coffees and homemade cakes, lunches, fine malt whiskies and artisan gins.


Vida Grange is a new 124 bed care home located on the old Dunlopillo site on Princess Royal Way, Harrogate. The operator, Vida Healthcare, has stated that the home will offer a dedicated service to younger people, making it one of the first homes in the region providing support to people under 65.


Theme park business Gulliver's can build its fourth site, a £37m attraction near Rotherham, after the Communities Secretary decided not to intervene. Gulliver's Valley Resort will feature rides, attractions, soft play and indoor fun, a climbing centre, plus an education and ecology centre encompassing forest classrooms and outdoor learning adventures for young children. The resort will also offer family friendly accommodation in the shape of glamping, self-catering woodland lodges and the central Lilliput Castle Hotel.


A family-run company that operates a restaurant in Granada has opened a Spanish venue in Carlisle. Francisco Eduardo Aparicio Hernandez and his family have launched Lorca in Botchergate offering "proper Spanish food" and traditional tapas. The restaurant takes its name from Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.




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The 18th Pinders Healthcare Design Awards were adeptly hosted by Jon Chapman in London last month. The Awards recognise excellence in the design of care homes and retirement housing and are regarded as one of the most enjoyable events in the healthcare sector. The 650 guests were superbly entertained by star ventriloquist Nina Conti, aided by her friend Monkey.




Best New Care Home – Elderly

Cuffley Manor, Potters Bar (TLC Care)

Best Independent Living Scheme

Priory View, Dunstable (Central Bedfordshire Council)

Best Care Facility – Younger Adults

Phoenix House, Manor Park, London (Precious Homes)

Best New Care Home – Elderly

Abbeyfield Winnersh, Winnersh, Wokingham (Abbeyfield Society)

Best Independent Living Scheme

Greenfields, Leighton Buzzard (Aldwyck Housing Group)

Best Regeneration Project

Lindsey Hall Nursing Home, Cleethorpes (Yorkare Homes)


If you or your clients are involved in an exciting healthcare/retirement housing project, details of how to enter for the 2018 Awards are on our website.


On The Bounce


The fastest growing area of the leisure sector is indoor trampoline parks. Numbers in England and Wales rose from six parks in 2014 to 98 in 2016.


In addition, the world's biggest trampoline park opens in Glasgow in late April. It will have 63,000ft² of trampolines, including a 'Ninja Warrior' course. There will be ten party rooms, a café and sports bar


By Easter 2017 the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) estimates that there will be 150 parks in the UK with at least 15 million visitors per annum.


However, to date, the industry has been unregulated and there has been considerable press publicity about the frequency and seriousness of accidents.


As a result, the IATP has just launched a new standard, PAS 5000-2017, which came into effect on 31 March 2017, and provides guidance for the construction of fixed indoor trampoline parks as well as operating and maintenance requirements. Parks must still comply with other legal obligations such as the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.


The IATP is also asking customers, when choosing which trampoline park to visit, to be aware of factors such as attention to safety, staffing levels, cleanliness and maintenance, etc.


Legal Limit


The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS), introduced to tackle alcohol fraud, came into effect on 1 April 2017. Trade buyers of alcohol products should check that whoever they buy from has registered with HMRC and has an AWRS Unique Reference Number (URN). There is an online facility for checking suppliers' registration. Traders buying alcohol from a non-registered wholesaler may be liable to a criminal or civil penalty, as well as having the alcohol seized.


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