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Gail Garbutt keen to pass on her know-how so others can thrive in the B&B trade

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Written by:   | Posted 01-August-2013 11:00

For the first 18 years of her marriage, Gail Garbutt had no home to call her own, spending time as an Army wife living in various locations in Germany and all over the UK.

But after settling in Mere, Wiltshire, and now with a decade of experience behind her running a successful B&B, she has launched The Bed and Breakfast Consultancy to give others the chance to make the most out of their households.

Driven by a passion for welcoming visitors into her home, mum-of-two Gail, aged 56, has launched the business to offer practical advice to anyone setting up their own B&B businesses.

Offering advice on marketing, web presence and regulatory compliance, as well as the practicalities of the daily running of a B&B, including internal and external decor, Gail’s consultancy promises to be an affordable yet vitally important resource for anyone starting up a B&B business.

And with an increasing number of British residents holidaying on these shores, as well as a booming international passion for Britishness, the market for UK holidaymakers from home and abroad is growing rapidly.

Visit England estimates that the amount spent on B&B accommodation was approximately £1.2 billion in 2012, with this figure rising by 20 per cent from the previous year.

Further figures from Visit England suggest that 61 per cent of residents plan to holiday in England this year, while only just over half (55 per cent) expect to head overseas.

Last year, 21 per cent of people taking breaks in England were “switchers”, replacing overseas trips with holidays here. And almost one in ten holidaymakers (9 per cent) are choosing locations close to home as holiday destinations, in a bid to save costs on the family budgets.

As people increasingly look to for affordable holidays in the UK, and as households seek to add revenue streams to their family income, it is a timely launch for Gail’s consultancy.

Gail is backed by an HND in hospitality, catering and institutional management as well as a degree in hotel and catering management. The Bed and Breakfast Consultancy currently has clients in the South West of England but Gail is looking to expand her business across England and nationwide.

And it represents a personal milestone for Gail, who is now able to share the wisdom of the experience she has collected as a B&B owner.

She said: “Having been an Army wife and a mum for so long it’s been difficult to commit to running a business but, now that the boys are older and my husband is no longer serving in the Armed Forces, it’s great to be able to have this opportunity to share my expertise with other people.

“I know that many households are struggling to make ends meet these days and that it can be daunting to set up a business which invites strangers into your home.

“But once you know what you’re doing, running a B&B can be a great way to supplement your income and it can give women who love their homes a great way to start working again either after, or whilst raising a family.

“There are lots of aspects to running a B&B these days and it’s important to make sure all the boxes are ticked. But alongside meeting all the regulations there are plenty of fun ways to enhance what you offer your customers and I can advise on how to make your home an attractive place to visit, too.”

For more information on Gail Garbutt and The Bed and Breakfast Consultancy visit www.thebedandbreakfastconsultancy.co.uk.

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