An entrepreneur who was inspired by hotels around the globe has gone on to open his own boutique in a bid to change the fortunes of his ‘deprived’ town.
Michael Huckerby has opened The Lawrence Hotel in Padilham, just three miles from Burnley, which Lancashire County Council list as the most destitute area in the county.
Huckerby transformed a Grade-II listed 19th century building into a hotel with 14 individually designed bedrooms – one with a ‘floating bathroom’ – plus function spaces and a cocktail area.
He now also has plans to open a bar and rooftop leisure area.
He says that the new addition to the town is helping to boost trade with a number of other independent businesses setting up shop as a result.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, He said: “It’s unbelievable how much business there is in Burnley and Accrington and I didn’t know, I thought it was a bit of a forgotten place.”
Originally from Yorkshire, Huckerby studied hotel management at Blackburn College before going on to work in the industry at the likes of the Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel in Preston and the Le Meridien Victoria and Albert Hotel in Manchester.
He went on to create his own design agency and experienced staying at ‘some of the most amazing hotels in the world’, which inspired him to open his own.