Spring is a gorgeous season in Cornwall; from daffodils prettying the hedgerows to blue sky beach walks, at last Spring is in the air!
With new beginnings in mind, I thought it would be a great idea to start a quarterly ‘Member’s Newsletter’ informing you of all the latest news and reviews from Unique Home Stays HQ here in Cornwall. Please feel free to take this regular opportunity to reply with any ideas, tips, questions or even just to say ‘hi’! Consider it an opportunity to voice any thoughts on what you think we’re doing great, what you think we can do better and generally just to let us know how you and your properties are getting along. Drop me an email anytime at email@example.com
We have had lots of great press coverage already this quarter; please see examples of some of these below:
Remember, you can view the news and press anytime by going to the news and press section on our website.
Journalists love a bit of background information about your properties as it makes them more interesting to the reader and more likely for editors to accept the pitch. For those of you who still haven't filled in a 'PR Questionnaire', you can download it here and hope that you can all return them with as much as information as possible to help whet the appetites of journalists!
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to the new properties that have joined the UHS portfolio over the past quarter and introduce them to you all. Please see our newbies below:
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FACTS & FIGURES
UHS is going from strength to strength and the figures below speak for themselves:
A note from Jim, our Finance and Administration Manager
I have received confirmation from Visit Cornwall that the requirement for Energy Performance Checks (EPCs) for rental property has now been extended to include holiday lets and will become mandatory for all holiday accommodation (including private homes) that are let for 4 months of the year or longer; this change to existing rules was confirmed on 7th March 2011.
This is an extension to existing rules regarding rental property and EPCs will be required with effect from 30th June 2011.
For information, non-compliance will be enforced by Trading Standards.
Prices vary, and the advice to owners would be to shop around – expect to pay around £50 depending on property size and negotiating skills.
A good place to start looking would be the Energy Performance Check Register.
We have worked with Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) over the past 18 months to help us to find the best graduates to join our team. UCP provided the following comment about Unique Home Stays which we think is testament to our success as a small business:
"Under our new programme (April 2011 – December 2014), it is only the businesses that are growing and/or have the capability for future growth that will be awarded our graduate support packages. In addition to this, the business needs to demonstrate good business management. Clearly, Unique Home Stays satisfy these requirements."
We have two recent additions to the team:
A huge welcome to them both!
To keep up-to-date with who's who in the office you can see all our smiling faces (!) on our meet the team page.
General Manager Kahdine is doing her bit for charity and running in the London Marathon this year! If you'd like to offer your support, you can sponsor her through Just Giving
Should there be anything I've missed that you would like updates on, or should you have any questions about anything at all please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Wishing you all a happy and prosperous April!
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