Published: April 1, 2020 | Updated: April 1, 2020

Biz News round-up: Steele Raymond, Dorset History Centre, Lighthouse, Hendy Foundation

Lakeview Manor property and business near Honiton in Devon.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Steele Raymond advises on sale of Devon property and business

Bournemouth commercial law firm Steele Raymond LLP has advised the selling owners of the Lakeview Manor property and business in Devon.

Lakeview Manor, in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Honiton, is a privately owned old-style country manor house hotel.

It is set in 45 acres of gardens and parkland with two ornamental ponds, and two fully stocked fishing lakes.

The business currently comprises 18 developed holiday lodge pitches and a 17-bedroom hotel and events venue.

The hotel and lodge development have been acquired by private equity-backed holiday operator Lakeshore Leisure Group Ltd in a deal brokered by Colliers International.

The sale of Lakeview Manor was led by Steele Raymond Partners Chris Twaits (commercial property) and Nick Davies (company and commercial), pictured left.

The Steele Raymond team provided commercial, planning, employment and property advice on the sale transaction.

Chris Twaits, Partner and Head of Commercial Property, pictured right, said: “I have been involved with the Lakeview Manor business from its original purchase by Martin Hyde right through to the sale to Lakeshore Leisure Group, so this has personally been a particularly satisfying transaction.

“We have considerable experience acting for parties in the hotel and holiday park sectors.

“Our experience of dealing with other similar businesses, and our particular history with Lakeview Manor, was crucial in ensuring that the transaction proceeded at speed to meet the parties’ short agreed timescale.”

Martin Hyde, who owned and ran Lakeview Manor for the last 12 years, said: “The advice and assistance we have received from Chris, Nick and the team at Steele Raymond over many years has always been clear, concise and delivered in a commercial, efficient manner.”


Chance to make history with Dorset’s coronavirus archive 

Catch it! Archive it! Catalogue it!

You have the chance to help Dorset History Centre create an archive telling the story of the coronavirus and its impact on the people of Dorset.

The centre, in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is looking for local people to help make history.

A county-wide diary project is being launched to make sure that current experiences are captured for posterity.

A number of Dorset diarists from different ages and backgrounds are being sought to contribute a ‘Corona Diary’ to the county’s archive collections.

The diaries can be in any format – handwritten, typed, audio-visual recordings, art works, photographs – but contributors should ideally be able to commit to making an entry at least every couple of days and usually every day.

Anyone who would like to become one of Dorset’s Corona Diarists is invited to email to register their interest.


Warranty Administration Services celebrates partnership with Hendy

Warranty Administration Services (WAS) has marked its 30 year partnership with automotive group Hendy in style.

The long-standing partnership has provided the Hendy Approved Used Car Programme since 1990.

Alan Davison, WAS Managing Director, said: “We have worked closely with the Hendy team over the years and have similar visions and values.

“Hendy has trusted us to fulfil its commitment to its used car buyers and we now look forward to the next 30 years.”

The occasion was marked with a lunch at Lincoln Civic Offices and the presentation of a £3,000 cheque to Hendy Foundation.

Paul Hendy, Hendy Chief Executive, and Simon Palmer, Used Car Sales Director, were guests of honour at the lunch.

Paul said that Warranty Administration Services continued to be a valuable partner of the group.

He added: “WAS has provided a great service to us and our customers over the last 30 years and the company really understands our business and our service to customers.

“We were delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary milestone and were thrilled with the donation to Hendy Foundation which will be used to help charities in the areas in which Hendy operates.”

Hendy Foundation Chair Rebecca Hendy described the donation as an amazing gesture from WAS and thanked the company for its generosity.

“The trustees really appreciate this donation and we look forward to using the money to make a positive impact on organisations in the south and south west,” said Rebecca.