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YOUNG TRAILBLAZERS: Michael Huckerby, director, The Lawrence Hotel

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It’s been almost a year since Michael Huckerby opened The Lawrence Hotel in Padliham in a bid to bring a new boost of tourism to the area, which was so desperately needed.

He transformed a Grade-II listed 19th century building into a 14-bedroom new boutique hotel, with rooms spread across the main house and old stables, plus function spaces and a cocktail area, bringing a new concept to fruition in the small Lancashire town.

The new addition quickly found success, with visitors from America, Australia, Canada, Italy and Wales helping put Padliham on the map, and a number of other independent businesses setting up shop as a result.

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While The Lawrence may be Huckerby’s first foray into hotels, he isn’t a newcomer to launching new businesses and is driven by his entrepreneurial spirit.

Originally from Preston, 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 established the first food-lead venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and opened Simple Bar and Kitchen in 2001, developing the brand into a three-site business with a turnover in excess of £2m per year.

The Creative Spark branding and digital agency was started by Huckerby in 2007, and after staying at ‘some of the most amazing hotels in the world’, he was inspired to open his own.

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The Lawrence Hotel

Bedrooms: 14

Location: Padliham, Lancashire

Website: www.thelawrencehotel.co.uk

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