LOCAL NEWS - April 2017


Plans for Scotland's first luxury floating hotel have been submitted that would see the MV Fingal converted into a 23-bedroom hotel berthed in Edinburgh's historic port of Leith. The £3.5m investment by the Royal Yacht Britannia's trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises, would see the ship provide a wide range of bedroom suites, cabins with private balconies, duplex apartments, and a presidential suite.


Crolla's Gelato, the gelateria arm of The Crolla Ice Cream Company, one of Scotland’s oldest ice cream manufacturers, will open a site in Dundee. The 120-year-old, family-run company is continuing expansion of its franchise operation following openings in Aberdeen and Preston, as well as its company-owned parlour in Glasgow.


Glasgow-based brewer West is planning a £1m venue in Edinburgh. The scheme will have a bar, restaurant, theatre and micro-brewery on a site next to Waverley Station which has been empty for many years. While the project will not be completed until 2018, it is hoped to open a pop-up version on the site during the Edinburgh Festival this year.


The Scottish Government's "Good to Go" initiative is being expanded after the pilot scheme showed that offering customers doggy bags cut food waste by 40% per restaurant. More than 100 restaurants signed up to the scheme after the successful pilot, while another 100 will now be invited to take part. Further reductions were achieved by asking diners if they really wanted side dishes and giving them options to change portion sizes. The Good to Go scheme is part of Scottish Government plans to cut food waste by one-third by 2025.




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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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