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Do you run a B&B or guesthouse in the UK -
or let rooms in your home to paying guests?

if so, we are here to help, support, inform and represent YOU...

The Bed & Breakfast Association is the UK trade association for B&Bs and Guest Houses. It was judged best trade association in the UK for representing its members in the Trade Association Forum "Best Practice Awards" 2010 (read more...).

B&B owner Sue Burrell in North Yorkshire says that the B&B Association helped her to go from starting up in 2012 to being crowned "World's No. 1 B&B" by TripAdvisor in January 2015 (read how...).

The Association exists to inform, support and represent its member B&B owners throughout the UK (scroll down to the foot of this page for our full Objectives). Read more...

    "Britain is B&B royalty versus the rest of the world"
    according to millions of TripAdvisor reviewers - in January 2015
    nine of the world's top 25 B&Bs, and four of the top 10, are British
    according to the Travellers' Choice Awards: "No other country
    even comes close to as many winners"
say TripAdvisor

The "Bed and Breakfast" sector in the UK is a £2 billion 'cottage industry', consisting of some 25,000 small owner-managed businesses. The best of the new generation of B&Bs are everything tourists now look for: small-scale, individual, high quality and with one-to-one personal service. The total "bedstock" of independent B&Bs makes up a fifth of the total 'serviced accommodation' sector in the UK.

Hospitality contributes over £115 billion to the UK economy per annum. The hospitality industry generated 153,000 new jobs from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 27.7% of all new jobs created in the UK. Now responsible for 2.68 million jobs, hospitality is Britain's fourth largest industry.
British Hospitality Association
Agenda for 300,000 new jobs [March 2013]

Travellers choose to stay for over 50 million guest-nights in British B&Bs. The Bed and Breakfast Association exists to represent this vital sector of business, and to inform and support its members.

You can join us for only £1.06 a week.

9th October 2016

Thinking of putting your home on Airbnb? Here's the information you need to know:

  • Get specialist insurance, as short-letting invalidates your buildings cover - leaving you with nothing but a mortgage to pay if the house burns down
  • Ask your lender's consent. Not doing so is mortgage fraud and banks increasingly call in loans for unauthorised letting
  • If it's a leasehold flat, check your building's lease and ask consent from the freeholder
  • Tell the neighbours upfront and listen to their concerns about strangers bumping suitcases up the stairs at 1am
  • As with a normal let, you need an annual gas safety certificate, safe electrics, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire safety measures. You also need an energy performance certificate if letting for more than four months
  • In London you must have planning permission to short-let for more than 90 days a year
  • You can earn £7,500 a year tax-free under the [HMRC] rent a room scheme, but that applies only if you let out part of the house - not the whole place. [The same HMRC scheme is available to small B&Bs]

    The Bed & Breakfast Association is here to help you with all the above - eg getting specialist insurance, how to comply with the regulations on fire safety etc., and your options on tax and accounting - as well as guidance on running an accommodation business, discounts and offers, and many other member benefits.

    Click here to start the online joining process

    British B&Bs rated 8.8% higher than hotels

    British B&Bs outperform their larger hotel rivals by over 8.8% on average, and the UK's hotels and B&Bs are rated among the very best in Europe, data released on 27th June 2016 by TripAdvisor has revealed.

    In 2015, the average TripAdvisor review rating on UK B&Bs was 4.48 (89.6%) compared to 4.04 (80.8%) on UK hotels.


    House of Lords calls for investigation
    into the "practices" of OTAs

    B&B Association "delighted" that Peers agree
    action is needed to protect B&Bs from abuse

    The Times of 21 April 2016 carried a headline about the Lords warning about "rip off online travel agents" in the report 'Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market' from the House of Lords European Union Internal Market Sub-Committee, published that day. The B&B Association was one of the organisations which submitted evidence to the Committee during its enquiry. Read more...

    ITV investigation reveals fire safety risks
    going unchecked in Airbnb accommodation

    An ITV investigative programme this Summer has found that, over three years after the Bed & Breakfast Association first warned regulators, fire safety dangers are being left unchecked in the fastest-growing sector of tourist accommodation: premises let on 'peer-to-peer' (P2P) web platforms such as Airbnb, Wimdu and others. All the inspections done by Fire Auhorities to protect the public are made of the (25,000) bona fide B&Bs in the UK, and no inspections at all are made from amongst the (70,000+) P2P premises let to paying guests, ITV has found.

    27 February 2013

    B&B Association "Alerts" leads to Arrest
    of three fugitives by Police

    The B&B Association's member "Alerts" information has let to the Police arrest of three wanted men. See our News page.

    Are you thinking of starting a B&B?

    How to Start and Run a B&B, by Louise and David Weston
    A comprehensive and practical book,"How to Start and Run a B&B", has been published by How To Books and is already on its second edition. It has been written by BBA Chairman David Weston and his wife Louise, based on their experience starting and running a four-star B&B in Dorset, and David's 20 years experience in travel and tourism. Read more...

        "If you're thinking of buying a B&B or you've just started in it.
        Solid advice, well written, good, up to date info especially on marketing"

                    The Times Online, Book Review

    The Bed & Breakfast Association
    The Bed and Breakfast Association

    The Bed and Breakfast Association is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with the following objectives on behalf of its members (who are bed & breakfast or guest house owners in the UK):

    1) To represent the interests of members, and to campaign on behalf of those interests (for example, to Government and regulatory bodies);

    2) To provide information and support services to members, to enable them to improve and develop their businesses;

    3) To facilitate and enable the continuous professional development of the independent bed and breakfast sector in the UK, and promote best practice;

    4) To promote to the public the advantages of staying in independent “bed and breakfast” accommodation.

    The Bed and Breakfast Association defines “bed and breakfasts” as independent, owner-managed establishments not recognized as hotels, and offering overnight accommodation and breakfast on a “per night” basis to paying guests. Our membership includes both B&Bs and guest houses.

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