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Finance when you really need it

Whether you require financial backing to renovate or refurbish your property or you need urgently to restructure your loans, there are lenders out there awaiting your business. Bill Lumley examines some of the approaches hospitality business owners can take when a cash injection is needed

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Negotiating the castle walls

Van Mansion also known as Castell y Fan or Y Fan is a 500-year-old mansion set on the outskirts of Caerphilly just north of Cardiff. Restoring a listed building doesn’t come without its snags. Bill Lumley speaks to Christine Tallon who tells of the switch from City rat race to luxury country dream

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Last chance saloon

Inns and pubs across the UK are closing at an unprecedented rate, with an estimated two dozen pub closures now happening every week. Bill Lumley speaks to campaign groups dedicated to force the government to recognise the injustices of the business rate system for licensees

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Reviving the village spirit

With regulation growing and demographics on the move, making a success of running a rural village inn can be a major challenge. Bill Lumley speaks to the owner of The Golden Lion Hotel in the rural Northumberland village of Allendale about his plans to integrate the business of his inn with his neighbouring farm