Upwardly mobile 20 September 2019 The founders of coffee and brunch chain Caravan are on the move, taking their business model to new Chelsea restaurant Vardo
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Better business: the Bull Inn – "It's a great example of local people coming together with a common goal" 25 January 2019 by

The Bull Inn has been at the heart of the village of Limpsfield in rural Surrey for hundreds of years. But when the pub went up for sale in 2017, locals feared it would be snapped up by housing developers. Director Adrienne Bloch tells Neil Gerrard how she helped set up the community enterprise that has acquired the Bull Inn and kept it open

The challenge

At the end of 2017, however, that all looked like it might come under threat. Having already lost amenities like shops and restaurants to the march of progress and the relentless inflation of property prices, the village saw the freehold pub go up for sale after the previous landlady called it a day. But it wasn't some unloved, spit-and-sawdust boozer on its last legs. It remained popular with locals as a gastropub, suggesting it still had plenty of potential as a hospitality operation. That meant that despite its hefty £800,000 price tag, the property garnered plenty of interest. Worryingly for the locals though, that included developers likely to want to close it to the public forever.

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