Two-day B&B training courses
Ken and Paula Hartley’s Bed and Breakfast training is based upon years of hands-on experience running a B&B. We focus on how we can save attendees both money and time whilst making ownership of a B&B as much fun as possible. Although we have on occasion run online B&B training, our two-day courses are face-to-face and provide the biggest benefits.
At present, our Bed and Breakfast courses are based at Cantley House Hotel, Wokingham, RG40 5QG. We have an excellent, longstanding relationship with the hotel. Most attendees are from the south east of England but others do travel from further north and west and decide to stay the night. (The cost of accommodation is not included in the course price.) If you are travelling from afar, you can stay at the hotel itself, depending on availability, or we would be happy to recommend alternative bed and breakfast or guest house accommodation.
The training covers four main sections in detail:
Property, Location & Practicalities for Your B&B
How to find the right property and Planning & Building regulations
How the location affects business and the way you run your B&B
How to manage your bookings and take payments including Channel Managers
Equipping your rooms & layout and security
Legislation and licences
Marketing & Advertising Your B&B
Finding the right target market for you
Where to advertise
How to choose booking engines
Building your website
Finance & Record-keeping for Your B&B
How to find finance
How to set the right price and card payment systems
How to make a profit and projecting your profit
How to write a business plan
Dealing With Customers and Making the Lifestyle Change
Types of guests and how to deal with them
How to respond to reviews
What your life will really be like
How to work with your partner 24/7
How to plan
We have hosted people from all walks and at all stages of life on our courses, including a couple expecting their first child, a retired lady from Africa wanting to show other people her beautiful native country, people looking to leave long corporate careers and others who have received inheritance money and want a new start.
The cost of the two-day course is £240 per attendee. If two people from the same organisation attend, you’d enjoy 10% off the total price. We would certainly recommend you both attend if you are starting out as a partnership. A non-refundable deposit of £100 per attendee is required to secure your place, with the balance payable on arrival at the venue.
The course runs from 10am – 4pm both days in the lovely Cantley House Hotel, just off the M4. Our courses here are always held at the weekend, but if you would prefer a mid week session, please contact us and we may be able to accommodate this at our home on the Shropshire/Powys border.
We are recommended by and are members of The Bed & Breakfast Association, which is the UK’s trade association for B&Bs. On our B&B training course, we explain how and why you might want to consider joining the association yourself.
What will I get to take away from the course?
You will receive free of charge:
- The full set of presentation slides, copyrighted and for your own use only
- An electronic pack containing further details plus all sorts of useful information
- A certificate confirming you have completed our courses, which is essential if you need funding as you can present it as evidence of your commitment to your new career
For an extra charge you can purchase the following:
- A fully automated Excel Spreadsheet set up for keeping your Management Accounts (special discount price for course attendees)
- A fully automated Excel Spreadsheet set up for Projecting your income (special discount price for course attendees)
TO BOOK, PLEASE CALL 01547 560323 OR CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW:
If you prefer, instead of attending our two-day course, you can use our bespoke Consultancy service.
This is where we visit you at your home or your B&B to analyse your specific requirements. We listen to your story and vision then use our inside knowledge to provide you with recommendations based on your own budget and timescales. The goal is to help move you forward to greater profitability and efficiency. From designing a business plan for a Bed and Breakfast to getting the best out of your team, we can help. You will have benefit from advice from two consultants for the price of one. We provide a balanced male and female view.
Alternatively, you can visit us in our home in Shropshire. Contact us on 01547 560323 or complete the form at the bottom of the page for a quote on your bespoke requirements.