Starting a Bed and Breakfast (B&B)

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) provide overnight accommodation and breakfast, typically in private family homes. B&Bs generally accommodate fewer than six guests and specialise in providing a personal, good value, homely service, often using locally sourced produce and ingredients as part of a full English or continental breakfast.

B&Bs differ from hotels and guest houses in that they do not provide communal reception rooms or meals at other times of the day. They (along with other types of tourism accommodation providers) are subject to a considerable amount of legislation, in particular relating to food safety and hygiene, data protection, fire safety, planning consent, health and safety and waste disposal.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a B&B. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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