In the last 12 months we've expanded and taken on a number of new properties so we're proud to now offer 21 luxury apartments to let. We saw England trounce Australia in the Ashes in August at Trent Bridge just down the road, and I had a highly eventful trip to Paris for a conference in November. West Bridgford has received a new accolade just about every month this year, and we're thrilled that Nottingham and West Bridgford are becoming increasingly popular places to live and work.
Here's a look at our year in blogs
Back in February, when I had no idea what the rest of the year would have in-store, Rushcliffe Borough Council featured Nook & Cranny in their local magazine. Having worked in lettings since 2001, I spotted a gap in the market and expanded into short-term rentals in 2014. It turns out it was a really good decision.
In March we were talking about celebrating St. Patrick's Day on the blog. Nottingham and West Bridgford are brilliant places to go out any time of the year as we have so many wonderful eating and drinking haunts. Here's a run-down of 12 of the best places to enjoy lunch, including Sat Bains, which was named Best Restaurant in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in the UK.
Word is spreading fast
West Bridgford has been known as a wonderful place to live and work by those of us who know the area for a long time but it seems that word is spreading. Locally, we have a number of large, influential companies and a thriving business scene and we're able to count several of the top companies in Nottinghamshire as clients.
During 2015 we've seen a big increase in demand for our short-term lets and had very high occupancy rates. Most people stay for an average of 12 weeks while they are relocating, settling into a new area and finding somewhere more permanent to live, although one of our business clients has been with us for over a year!
Thanks to the growth in demand we've taken on new properties and now have 21 luxury serviced apartments, including three disabled-friendly ones (which we'll be featuring on the blog next year). We might be biased in saying that our apartments are better than staying in a hotel room (and here are 7 reasons why we think they are) but it seems that a lot of people agree with us!
Revolutionising business travel
I went to Paris for a conference in November and although the timing of my trip was unfortunate to say the least, I came back with a new sense of purpose. As anyone who has stayed in one of our apartments knows, we offer a lot more than just a bed for the night. We are happy to help in any way we can to make sure that everyone who books with us enjoys their stay as much as possible. I've done lots of business travel myself so I know how de-humanising it can be. We want to be the antithesis of that.
I wrote about my mission to change business travel last month and it seems to have struck a chord with lots of business people (it's worth reading the comments on the blog). Next year I plan to carry on trying to make business travel as enriching and enjoyable as possible. We're going to be growing again and taking on new properties, as well as expanding our relocation services and offering clients solutions to any and all of their accommodation issues. We like to think big. There'll be more info on the blog next year, I hope you'll come along for the ride!
In the meantime, I hope you have a magical Christmas and a very Happy New Year!