I did not expect to get anywhere, regarding the #grinnawards2022, as I felt it was something way above my means. but I am really happy I won. I didn’t actually approach any person directly to vote for me, as I am not the most confident of people.
I certainly will never be a social influencer or public character, as I believe that we are all important in one way or another. However, Belleva has been the most plentiful journey of my life. I learned so much about business, setting up a hotel from nothing, on a budget and with lockdowns, bereavement and an amount of resentment. It’s made me stronger and more determined to challenge myself further.
The hotel may look decadent, but one suite (for instance) used to be three bedrooms, so the place is not as profitable as venues the same size with more rooms that also offer food and a bar. Belleva does not offer this as part of our own sustainable plan, supporting guests to drink and dine at other venues, in particular, independent businesses in Blackpool. Belleva is not about maximum financial gain, more so following my own desire to create something resourceful and to my own eclectic taste. This being implemented with crafts from locals, friends and charity shops. Local tradesmen and my small team who worked so hard against a lot of odds. Also, my own eco friendly craft counter, where I make melts, candles, soaps and natural bath fizz, for which I find such joy to share.
I have never been envious of any person, believing that those which inspire us most drive us to succeed. I am encouraged by artists in general, who deserve a voice so very much, a career, in their own rights and power. It’s tough being a creative as this often falls in conjunction with shyness. And I hope I can continue to create new ideas in the hospitality sector and support those less fortunate where able. It’s not all about fakeness and monetary power. It is the circle of life offering a sense of self satisfaction, facing our fears and affording the necessary things in life. Anything extra is a bonus and can be shared. We must listen to the next generation as they are our new empaths and will do things so much better than our current system of agro and chaos.
Creativity is sharing and delegation is satisfying.Tiffany belle harper
We need to make the most of everything around us, to include good quality waste, all types of food and clothing. To embrace vintage, living within our means, yet, not being afraid to treat ourselves occasionally too. I also did not anticipate having six pets to nurture. I arrived in Blackpool with two! So, it’s all hands-on deck for me. I am currently designing my first small garden. In memory of Dad. I dream plants, shrubs and outdoor wall decals. Less is More.
I want to say to Quartz Inn Hotels I love what you are doing. Never give up. You are a breath of real air. And to any person or collective, facing a challenge. Focus on the positive and remember, condemnation of innocence and aptitude means you are doing something right. Let them talk. Be great and keep going. You are planting lots of trees in exchange for sponsorships. A gap in the market, where small independent businesses with a difference can swim stronger amongst sharks. I want to thank my loyal helper Danielle Robinson, my son James, Stay Blackpool and everyone who worked on the project and did not let me down. Belleva is also proud to be runner up in three further categories.
Always and Thanks,
A few months ago I was approached by Quartz Inn Hotels who love Belleva. I thought they had mistaken my place for somewhere else? But they insisted it was Belleva and they loved the uniqueness of it. I had gone through a whirlwind of bad luck with spiteful neighbours, losing my dad and financial hurdles, so it took a while to sink in. I did initially decline as not to upset the apple cart. But was told that it was my interest and passion in getting involved with South Shore and the other side of life in Blackpool which shone through in my little place and the originality and diversity. I do have morals in sustainability but some way to go as of the cost of living.
I have always said and standby it’s the taking part that counts. And despite a small amount of the usual and expected animosity folks can expect when they do something different, I am proud to be a part of Blackpool. I shan’t be bugging anyone to get involved, as there’s some great places listed and they all deserve huge recognition. As long as I can keep Danielle in work and most of my guests happy, that’s fine. I just feel pleased to know the Grinn Team as I have nothing but respect for them and their amazing journey at Quartz Inn Hotels.
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No expectations whatsoever but great to participate.
Thanks in Advance.
When other’s want you to suffer. It means you are doing something right. Never allow them to make you feel alone, abandoned or without your voice. You are what they would like to be. TBH
I am Billy and I have no age but am an older street cat. I know what having nothing feels like. But I know the streets too. Wise. Loner. Roamer with a heart of passion. I have a mummy (a daddy and friends!) But it’s my mummy I love most. I was dying in a plant pot and a kind person found me and I went to this place full of love and got help. Surprised the seagulls didn’t eat me up!! I tortured a few of them along the way. We all love playing …
Each day, my new mummy came to see me in rescue and cleaned my fur when she was hugging me. I was infested with fleas that were eating all my blood. I could not even lift my head enough to drink water but they fed me with a syringe. I felt sad to leave the safe place and the lovely lady there. But when mummy put her hands out and got me I never felt so chuffed. She took me to this place. We were both crying and hugging for a long while. I fell in love. Now I am in this big room in my furever nest and I have a fluffy den thing to sleep in.
My new yard has lots of things in it to look at. My part of it has a door that keeps me warm inside. I am eating and have tried a lot of nice things. My tummy is still bad. I get hungry. Then I have to go to the toilet then I eat again. I am sneezing and I feel rough. But my mummy is looking after me all the while. She has called the vets who said to keep me warm and they are happy I am eating but it is so hard for me and mummy, as we both want to do so much more together. I like vets but not when they mess with my bottom to take my temperature.
I met these 3 dogs. They are a bit creepy … but soon, I can go into mummy’s other nest and sleep with my family. There’s guinea pigs in this gaff !! They are bigger than me. Yes. Small but fierce Billy Pumpkin is who I am. Please send me kind thoughts. I am innocent and deserve more time with this new life I found my way to.
You can fuck plant pots and digging for supper. I ain’t going there no more !! I found true love, my own patch. I look a bit weird because I have been tired for a long while. But mummy thinks I am very beautiful. In two weeks from near death I can now sit up, walk, purr and make growly noises when I eat (bit like a lion.) My goals are to run and jump again. But mummy said never out of a door or window because I am not allowed, so she is changing some areas of my patch to accommodate my adventurous side. I just want to be my best self to make my mummy happy. I like being here. And my mummy said she will not let any of you hurt me. It’s vice versa from me, mum. Be warned you dickheads, I am intelligent too and I like writing … Street Style … ‘streetie’ like my cool dad … tee-hee … my daddy. WOW !! I see you people. I done the alleys – have the zest for art. Do my own a bit.
New Experiences: Mummy. Dogs. Guinea Pigs. Comfy Bed. Cat Nip. Poached Chicken. Yummy Cat Food. Toys. True Love. New Age Music. Jazz. Cartoons. Rugs. Fresh Water. Dreamies. Being a House Cat (lion.) Funny Daddy.
Billy P. X