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By Royal Disappointment

 Published on: 20th August 2014   |   By: Nik Allen

Brighton, one of my favourite places

Brighton, one of my favourite places

My wife and I love Brighton. So much so that we bought a weekend home there and now spend as much time down in our coastal haven as possible.
It’s lovely to get away from the strains of running a business and just unwind in what is our favourite place in the world.
We love the relaxed vibe, the variety of independent shops and the incredible amount of great restaurants (not to mention the array of good pubs).
But there’s one thing about Brighton that bugs me every time we go. It’s not the extortionate cost of parking or the traffic which can be a pain in the posterior. No, my pet hate about the town is the Royal Albion Hotel which is opposite the pier.
Location, location, location: the Royal Albion Hotel

Location, location, location: the Royal Albion Hotel

You couldn’t pick a better position for a hotel. It’s on the corner of the King’s Road, over the street from a famous landmark, lots of footfall and should have everything going for it. Location, location, location.
Sadly a prime location is about all it does have. I’ve stayed there in the past and it looked tired, dated and in need of some serious TLC. The staff were not up to much either. I checked on the Trip Advisor website before writing this and the hotel is ranked 40th out of 44 in Brighton with some real damning reviews from disappointed travellers.
Now this blog isn’t a rant about the hotel – it’s about missing a fantastic opportunity. With investment, a serious overhaul of staff and how it’s run that hotel could be fantastic.
Henry T Ford said “opportunity is everywhere – you just have to keep your eyes open’. And the wise old man of the car industry was right.
I’m sure I’ve been guilty of overlooking opportunities within my publishing business. It’s something I’ve been really looking into the past few days. I keep asking myself ‘Are we doing the best with what we have available?’
What opportunities are you overlooking in your business? It could be something as simple as making sure your van is sign written, or that your website is up to date. I’m positive that if you sat down for just 20 minutes you could draw up a list of five opportunities you are not making the most.
As for the Royal Albion opportunity knocks but it appears no one’s in to answer.
Thanks for reading.

1 Comment

  1. Stanners August 20th, 2014, 8:52 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the Albion.

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