Leeds boutique hotel bought from administration

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UK: Local entrepreneur Simon Pollard has bought 42 The Calls in Leeds, and plans to invest a significant sum in the property.

42 The Calls is a former 18th century riverside corn mill that was converted into a boutique hotel in 1991.

Pollard acquired the venue from Gareth Harris and Dilip Dattani of RSM Restructuring Advisory, who were appointed joint liquidators of Hotel Company 42 The Calls Ltd, trading as 42 The Calls, from 23 January 2018.The hotel will remain fully operational and bookings made prior to the change of ownership will be honoured.

Pollard founded telecoms business Intouch Advance in 2001 and also runs businesses involved in prosthetic limbs, property development and nurseries. He is planning a multimillion-pound investment to revitalise the hotel and turn it into a five-star venue. This will include a new champagne bar and riverside dining.

Pollard said: "I am extremely excited about the future and huge potential of this hotel and look forward to creating something special in support of our long-standing customers. I am of firm belief that I have the ability to reset the vision whilst reigniting the fundamental, core values of 42 The Calls Hotel. I plan to transform and redevelop 42 The Calls into breathtaking accommodation that will take the hotel back to its roots of being in the Premier League. Embracing the 18th century converted corn mill's unique setting, provenance and potential, we will promote 42 The Calls Hotel into a luxury experience for the people of Leeds to treasure and enjoy."

Gareth Harris, RSM Restructuring Advisory partner and joint administrator, added: "We are delighted to announce the sale of the hotel to an investor who plans to restore it to its full former glory through a detailed plan of investment - which is great news for the business; its staff; and the wider hospitality sector in Leeds. 42 the Calls was one of the first boutique hotels in Leeds and the plans announced by Simon Pollard should restore it to its five-star status. We are very grateful for the support of the dedicated staff who have continued to provide excellent customer service throughout this difficult time. The deal will safeguard all jobs and present future opportunities for each employee."

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