Today I have completed work on ACCOMMODATION HEBDEN BRIDGE! I am sitting here with a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of this brand new website with my cats for company! It has been three months since I started it - three is my magic number and we have a bright full moon so it is a great day to complete this work and bring it to fruition.
I have really enjoyed this work - it's been a project that means a lot to me for a few reasons and I will share them here with you ... and thank you for reading!
REASON NUMBER ONE
The first reason I wanted to do this was because I have a B&B ( Magic Number B&B on Fountain Street) and I don't know if you know that the booking giants like booking.com, trivago, trip advisor, expedia etc take 18% commission for every booking made from teeny tiny local businesses like mine! Anyway I don't think this is fair because they aren't making beds and breakfasts - we are! So I wanted to make a popular local accommodation website to encourage visitors to book directly with the owners - this might mean lower prices or a special touch like a bottle of wine in the room to say thank you... enough of big corporations taking a slice of our pies!
REASON NUMBER TWO
Different types of local accommodation are advertised all over the place ... prospective visitors have to search high and low to find somewhere just right. I wanted a one stop accommodation website with all types of accommodation from B&B's to boats in different sections under the same roof because this makes it easy for people to find what they are looking for. Also as soon as accommodation owners let me know this info I will place symbols on each listing letting people know which accommodation welcomes dogs, babies, families, adults only as this just makes choosing easier ... I want to make booking a break in Hebden a pleasure, not a chore.
REASON NUMBER THREE
I want to earn a living doing something I love. I love Hebden Bridge and want to market it in the way it deserves... I want to do free links to lots of great places to go, events and festivals. I also want to be fair to local businesses like mine so only want to charge a small admin fee of £5 per month for each listing with no hidden charges or bump up costs. Yes I want to make a wage for myself but no I don't want to rip my fellow community members off. I want to offer a great service at an affordable price.
So I hope you will use this site, contact me to list your festivals and special weekends for free, advertise your accommodation on here and link this website on your website and tell people about this site.
THANK YOU SO MUCH