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HALLIDAYS accountants are backing a new property lending service due to launch in January and the latest innovation in peer to peer lending. CapitalStackers has been created by Steve Robson and Lida Weng, along with Hallidays a firm of accountants with an excellent reputation who are supporting them financially and professionally. This is not the first time Steve Robson and Nigel Bennett have come together in the world of property finance and information technology. In 1999 they set up pi-FRAME Ltd, a small and specialised software house which sells real estate lending risk analysis software to banks and property lending boutiques.
CapitalStackers and its website aims to be the destination of choice for investors looking to finance property investments and development schemes. These will be High Net Worth Individuals or Sophisticated Investors with a minimum of £5,000 to invest and looking to achieve a better deal than through some of the more traditional investment routes.
Hallidays, located at Kings Reach Business Park, are supporting the venture which will be based within their offices as they believe this approach by CapitalStackers is not only a good opportunity financially and professionally, but it is also more aligned to their own brand, defined as ethical, transparent and honest.
Hallidays managing partner Nigel Bennett said:
“The recession resulted in a dramatic decline in the construction sector. Property development more or less ceased completely. Five years later, availability of finance from traditional sources is limited in terms of available lenders and in respect of much-reduced loan-to-value ratios, many viable property transactions are therefore baulked.
“CapitalStackers will introduce funding to enable property developments and transactions to complete, bringing growth and jobs. It also allows lenders to participate in loans secured on property assets at attractive rates of return, for example, in comparison to bank deposits”.
Mr Robson said:
“Real estate lending has spent long enough in the doldrums. This initiative and others like it will go a long way to repairing the property finance market. Not only will real estate borrowers benefit from improved liquidity, so also will investors through achieving better returns. We are genuinely excited about the future.”
They have opened their doors early so that investors and borrowers can register their interest in anticipation of their January launch. We very much hope you like what you see and we are keen to receive any comments you may have by email to: email@example.com
CapitalStackers people are highly experienced in real estate lending, financial modelling and information technology. Hallidays is a firm with a 150 year long and impressive history. It is FCA authorised for client account handling.
Cask ale haven the Yew Tree Inn at Bunbury has been crowned Cheshire’s top pub – for the second year running. Now it will again be judged on the national stage next year.
Rescued from closure only three years ago the Yew Tree retained its title as Tourism Pub of the Year at a glittering Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards ceremony held at Tatton Park and hosted by Heart Breakfast presenter Angela Jay.
Competition judges have praised the Yew Tree for its staff motivation and training and offer of ‘good, honest food, good beers, wines and spirits providing value for money and friendly service’.
Earlier this year the Yew Tree represented Cheshire to claim bronze in the Tourism Pub of the Year class at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013 and will now be judged in the 2014 awards. The latest accolade adds to a raft of praise collected since it was refurbished and re-launched in 2010
The Spurstow hostelry was also voted both Cheshire’s Dining Pub of the Year by the prestigious Good Pub Guide 2014, the “North West’s Best Freehouse 2013″ in the BT Great British Pub Awards for 2013, and received the ‘Highest Quality Assured’ award from Taste North West.
The Good Pub Guide awards the Yew Tree stars for the outstanding food, exceptional beer quality, wine choice and ‘plenty of individuality’ while the Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) Good Beer Guide 2014 entry says ‘well worth the effort to seek out this great pub’.
Closed in 2007, the 19th century built inn was revamped and re-launched by publicans Jon and Lindsay Cox in 2010. Since then more than 350 cask-conditioned beers – most from SIBA brewers – have appeared on the six hand pull bar and there’s ‘Meet the Maker’ events with brewers and wine producers as well as beer festivals. The prestigious Michelin Guide and Sawdays guides also praise the pub.
Jon Cox said: “We are amazed and thrilled to win again. It shows that we are consistent in what we do – and that the team take great pride in their work. As many pubs are struggling to survive, this recognition from such a prestigious competition is terrific. It justifies our faith in the pub’s potential. We have a strong informal dining offer but we also strive to keep the Yew Tree as a real pub. We love cask ale and we love local people and tourists popping in for a drink alongside our diners.”
Brewed using a new British hop which has been developed exclusively for Ilkley Brewery, Forbidden Fruit is the latest beer created by the West Yorkshire brewery in collaboration with Melissa Cole.
A 5% grapefruit India pale ale, Forbidden Fruit features hop #1391, a brand new English variety, grown this year by Charles Faram hop merchants in Worcester. With expert involvement from renowned beer writer and sommelier, Melissa Cole, the beer’s citrus notes are enhanced with the addition of extra pink grapefruit to make a golden coloured and aromatic refreshing pale ale.
Chris Ives, Ilkley Brewery’s managing director and head brewer, said: “For many years now, British brewers have looked to countries like America and Australia for their hops which are famed for being aromatic and the vital ingredient for distinctive beers with great flavour characteristics.
“However, importing these hops has often been to the detriment of British hop growers so we were delighted when Charles Faram asked Ilkley Brewery to trial brew with hop #1391 and explore the potential of this promisingly aromatic new variety. Results so far have been great which hopefully means this exciting hop will be grown more extensively next year.”
Forbidden Fruit London launch
On 11 December, Forbidden Fruit will officially launch at the Rake at London Bridge from 19.00 onwards. Chris and Melissa will both be on hand to chat about the beer’s unique new hop while the Rake hosts put the beer through its paces for the pre-Christmas crowds. The Rake is located at 14a Winchester Walk, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AG.
Following its launch in the capital, Forbidden Fruit will then be available at pubs in Yorkshire and London (visit www.ilkleybrewerry.co.uk for listed pubs). Trade orders can be placed direct with the brewery by calling 01943 604604.
To find out more about Ilkley Brewery, visit: www.ilkleybrewery.co.uk or follow Ilkley Brewery on Twitter @Ilkleybrewery and Facebook www.facebook.com/ilkley.brewery
To All SIBA Members
BFBi have been working on Craft Brewers Conference and are pleased to announce some benefits for UK Brewers wishing to attend the Conference.
· British Brewers Group Stand
· Discounted Conference Registration for SIBA Full Members – click here for more details
· UK Trade and Investment Grant Funding for attendance – this is to be confirmed at present and could be £200 – £400 per company to cover travel and accommodation. Proof of Expenditure will be required.
· Hosting a Hospitality Suite ‘A Showcase of UK Beers’ – this is currently under negotiations with the organisers
Please note that you will require either a Conference Pass or Trade Brew Expo pass to gain access to the site.
Registration opens from 6th December onwards please go to www.craftbrewersconference.com and to book your delegate place.
If you would like to discuss the options please contact us 01902 422303 firstname.lastname@example.org
EVERCREECH’S Wild Beer Co took some of their ales to Brussels at the request of the European Parliamentary Beer Group.
The brewers, along with Ashcott’s Ordnance City Brewery, are among a group of brewers from the region who represented the south west at the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) Christmas conference.
Holly Frampton, of Ordnance City Brewery drove to Brussels in a van loaded with beers from across the south west. She met up with Bret Ellis and Andrew Cooper from Wild Beer to present their ales.
In a statement, the MEPs said: “The group’s objectives are to promote the wholesomeness and enjoyment of beer and the unique role of the pub in UK society; to increase understanding of the social, cultural and historic role of brewing and pubs in the UK and their value to tourism; to broaden recognition of the contribution of brewing and pubs to employment and to the UK’s economy; to promote understanding of the social responsibility exercised by the brewing and pub industries; to support the UK’s brewing industry worldwide; and to promote a positive future for beer and the pub.”
Robinsons Brewery in Stockport have announced that they will launch a London based billboard campaign for the first time in their 175 year existence.
This billboard advertising campaign will see ‘Eddie’, the unmistakable mascot of Iron Maiden and TROOPER ale, 10 feet tall on billboards across on the busy London commute. This week the 20ft x 10ft billboards will be erected around London and its outskirts, reaching across from St Albans, Hertfordshire to Crawley, Sussex.
Brand Manager for Robinsons Brewery, John Robinson said: “TROOPER has really opened up doors for Robinsons over the past 6 months since its launch. It has increased trade domestically and opened up brand new international export routes for the first time. The positive response has been phenomenal. The new billboards around London and the surrounding areas signify our continued growth in the south of England and our faith in the renaissance of real British ale led by TROOPER”
The move continues what has been one of the most successful launches of an English ale in recent years and signifies the first time in the history that Robinsons Brewery have launched advertising in London on such a scale.
The billboard campaign coincides with a new national supermarket listing which sees TROOPER become available in 267 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. The listing joins Morrison’s supermarkets, making TROOPER more accessible than ever before, great news for loyal fans of Iron Maiden and real ale lovers alike.
TROOPER beer can currently be found:
Major UK wholesalers
Online throughout most of Europe via the Robinsons shop
With Sovereign already distributing to 33 countries worldwide
For all TROOPER updates check out www.ironmaidenbeer.com and follow IronMaidenBeer on Facebook or Twitter
Regulars at a Whitegate pub have put their local knowledge to good use by creating a number of new walking guides, taking in the area’s outstanding natural beauty.
The Plough Inn has published six new tried and tested walks which are free to download from the pub’s website or can be picked up at the bar.
The walks, which start and end at the popular hostelry in Beauty Bank, incorporate a number of picturesque and historic sites including the Weaver Navigation and Vale Royal Locks, Whitegate Way, Vale Royal Abbey, Marton Quarry Pool and some of the forgotten grounds of the former Delamere estate.
David Hughes, who has managed the Plough for more than 15 years, said: “The pub is already a popular start and finishing point for walkers who come from miles around to enjoy this part of Cheshire so we thought it would be a great idea to use our local knowledge and offer some less well known routes for enthusiasts to enjoy.
“The routes are quite varied in size and nature from secluded woods and pastures to pools, lakes and the area’s important industrial heritage, so I think there is something for everyone.”
Each guide includes detailed directions, an illustrated map and a description of the history and heritage which can be spotted along the way.
“It was great fun to be able to put something like this together and I believe we have come up with some fantastic walks that you won’t find in any other guide book of the area,” David added.
“All the walks have been tested by the regulars here, who fortunately returned without getting lost!”
All six walks are now available to download from the Plough Inn’s website. To find out more visit: http://www.ploughwhitegate.com
Local brewer Great Newsome Brewery is promoting local footballing success by collaborating with the Hull City Official Supporters Club and producing a new bottle beer to celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary.
A run of 3,000 bottles of the black and amber branded “Tigers’ Pride” has been produced to help fans celebrate the HCOSC milestone and will go on sale in the run up to the festive period. The name for the amber coloured beer came following a request by HCOSC to its members to come up with a suitable title for a commemorative beer.
The 4.1% session bitter which is light amber in colour has been brewed by the award winning Great Newsome Brewery which recently won the title for its Frothingham Best of ‘World’s Best Bitter up to 5%’ in the World Beer Awards. Tigers’ Pride will be on sale from numerous outlets including directly from Great Newsome Brewery, Tigers Leisure at the KC Stadium and online through Yorkshireales.co.uk.
“As huge Hull City fans we jumped at the chance to brew a beer to help celebrate the anniversary of the official supporters club,” said Matthew Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery, “It gave us chance to brew a brand new beer that we think the fans will love but it is just a shame you can’t brew beer that’s both amber and black in colour”.
“Like many other Hull City fans I am looking forward to raising a glass of Tigers’ Pride to Steve Bruce and the boys over the festive period”, he added.
HCOSC is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its formation with the membership currently standing at over 1500 members. The HCOSC has a number of branches both locally and nationally offering members a range of benefits including local meetings with club’s players and free pre match entry to the Sports Arena Bar.
Great Newsome Brewery which uses old local dialect and points of interest to name its beers, like Sleck Dust, Pricky Back Otchan and Frothingham Best is based on a working farm near Patrington just outside Hull and celebrated its 6th birthday back in April. It now supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and overseas.