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Former Alderney hotel bought but not to be reopened

A hotel in Alderney, which has been closed for nearly four years, has been bought by Le Huret Group.

The company, which run a chain of supermarkets in the island, say they bought the former Belle Vue Hotel to invest in the community.

But they say the building won't be reopened as a hotel.

Sadly while the island’s air links remain so inadequate there is no economic reason to reopen the Belle Vue as a hotel.

Nonetheless, Le Huret Group has a history of investing in Alderney and bringing much valued modern facilities to the island.

Over the next few months the company will be finalising plans for the Belle Vue, in order to restore its position in the heart of the community and bring new amenities to the island.

– Spokesman, Le Huret Group

Funky Pigeon opens new base in Guernsey

Five years after mail order companies in the Channel Islands lost a major tax benefit, there are signs the industry has not gone for good.

One major greetings card business opened a new base in Guernsey yesterday, one of the island's few remaining mail order firms.

Their commitment is a huge relief to Guernsey Post, who say two thirds of all letters they send come from that sector.

Rob Moore reports...

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