Next Project: Number 28

Scotslion Project Number 28

The Sannox Bay Hotel – Refurbishment

When we have jobs and/or contract work, details will appear on this page….


Latest Purchase: The Sannox Bay Hotel, Sannox, Isle of Arran, KA27 8JD.

Immediately: Two general labouring positions are available during the refurbishment. Thereafter, once the hotel is fully reopened, the business will have catering and leisure industry employment for suitably qualified and experienced hotel staff (hiring from March 2019).

In order to help folk who currently live off-island and wish to work on the island, either as employees or contractor, we can consider providing accommodation.

First, and from right now (July 2018), we have the following employment available…

TWO GENERAL LABOURER JOBS – with specific experience in painting, decorating and light joinery skills. Ames taping ability is not mandatory, but it is a definite advantage. Full clean DVLA driving licence is ideal. Fixed term contract: 6 months.

One position: unskilled (£8.11 per hour). The other: skilled (£9.55 to £12.20 per hour). Wages commensurate with qualification and experience.

The opportunity exists for either post to be made permanent as our company will be looking at further purchase and renovation projects on the island. For details of past projects completed, please read some of the case histories on this website:

As of July 2018, we are currently negotiating to purchase a second (closed) commercial property on Arran requiring refurbishment. So if you are looking for a new job, the signs are good that the 6 months’ work at Sannox will continue onto the next, and future projects. At this stage we cannot guarantee the two jobs will be permanent, but for the right candidate with the requisite skillset, we are now on our 28th restoration project, so the likelihood of these positions becoming permanent is favourable.

We also have immediate…

CONTRACT WORK at the Sannox Bay Hotel for appropriately qualified  and certificated electricians + plumbers + plasterers + roofers.

If you wish to apply for one of the two positions of employment, or contract for the roof/plumbing/electrical work, please write to:-

The General Manager, Sannox Bay Hotel, Sannox, Isle of Arran, KA27 8JD.

Or text us on: 0793 557 2803.

If you are applying for one of the two jobs, please send a CV first.

Thank you

Sannox Bay. The Hotel Is Second Building In From The Right

Scotslion Ltd., is one of a dozen companies within our group structure. Our aim is simple:-

1] To purchase empty shops; closed down hotels, redundant factory units. Then refurbish them and provide newstart business with working capital and mentor these enterprises back into a meaningful existence. Thereby achieving our groups second objective…

2] To create jobs.

The Sannox Bay Hotel has been closed down for two years and is our latest purchase spanning a 20 year period. It is our 28th project to date.

For local folk wondering why the start-date for refurbishing the Sannox Bay Hotel has slipped by a couple of months, our team has been at the other end of the country completing our Head office project on the recently purchased lighthouse compound near to John O’Groats…

Noss Head Lighthouse Station. Argyll Group & Scotslion HQ

Fortunately that far north lighthouse station project is now completed to the stage where we can release assets and human resources to work on the Dundd and Arran projects…

Our target date is to…


Once the refurbishment stage is completed, there will be 6 permanent jobs at the hotel…

Sannox Bay Hotel + Sand + Sea + Scenery + Lots of Island Adventures

As for the Sannox Bay Hotel refurbishment, we shall be making efforts to increase the accessibility for people with disabilities. Three of our wider group of 366 shareholders and Scotslion/RDD\Argyll Group members have had various spinal surgeries and wish to visit the Sannox Bay Hotel. Plus it is incumbent upon us to ensure the premises are disability statute compliant.

We aim to have the hotel fully renovated and ready to reopen in time for Spring 2019. The guest bedrooms and dining facilities along with kitchen and rest-rooms will be completely refurbished.

Firstly, and most importantly, we have to repair and overhaul the roof at the hotel. As well as sorting out a damp proof course and provide modern day specification insulation for what is a substantial building. There is a lot of work onsite, but we are confident that the hotel can be brought back to a meaningful life.

In addition we are considering the provision of a hotel SHOP. A modest facility where local residents of Corrie and Sannox, along with hotel guests and visiting members of the public can buy a pint of milk, a newspaper, some groceries and a selection of normal village shop items.

Our Scotslion/Real Dragons’ Den group believes strongly in helping to keep local communities alive. Anyone who has read this website will understand it was local community desire to reopen closed buildings in local villages and towns that prompted us to start buying old closed buildings and renovate them. Thereby creating 107 jobs so far in the 20 years that these projects have been running.

A viable and fully functional village shop is one of the ingredients in helping to sustain the cohesiveness of local communities. Any local resident who has returned to their home in Sannox from shopping at Brodick and realised you have forgotten to buy a pint of milk can be particularly frustrated. A village shop halfway between Brodcik and Lochranza is not too big a thing to ask for.

Before any naysayers suck their teeth and gripe that a village shop will not work, we would simply point out that our group of friends have reopened many closed shops and made many successes. If the overheads are kept right down and the shop managed well – plus local folk and visitors use it, then it will be viable. The saving grace for many shops we have helped reopen is the internet. The general retail element (customers through the front door) will help pay the overheads such as electricity/telephone/wages. If you add some internet retail into the mix, this can mean the difference between being viable and not.

If in doubt, check out our sister internet website (here).

That internet website bought our lighthouse station. Not a phrase you often hear. Surely this is proof positive that the world wide web is a powerful resource.

Why not harness that e-commerce resource to keep village shops open?

Only one way to find out? Open the hotel shop in March 2019 for a trial 6 months. If it is utilised and supported by local folk, then we will keep it going. If not, then it shall have an interesting, real life lesson to study and learn from. More details on this website in due course.

View From The Sannox Bay Hotel – July 2018

External Disability Access Is Good. Internally We Need To Improve This Element

One of the other key features of modern day life – including hotels – is the internet and virtual presence. We have now been fortunate in securing the lapsed domain name…

So if anyone wishes to see the latest news and update, we shall be ensuring the hotel’s internet site goes live during the next few weeks. Please be patient whilst we get the dedicated Sannox Bay Hotel website back into full service.

Until the website is fully functional, we will post any updates on this, our Scotslion website. Please check back regularly for news,

The Sannox Bay Hotel has been kept in good condition during the period of closure…

Sannox Bay Hotel – Ensuite Bedrooms Still In Good Condition

Although a redecoration plus new furniture and carpets will be part of the 2018/2019 refurbishment.

Sannox Bay Hotel: Ensuite Bath & Shower Rooms

Along with the good parts of the hotel, there are also significant headaches areas requiring a significant amount of repair work…

Previous Owner In The Middle of Refit

Sadly, the work started by the previous owners was unable to be completed. The hotel and it’s owners/staff had a first rate reputation for excellent cuisine over their 14 years in business at this site. But the hard work seems to have taken a toll. Anyone who has run a hotel knows it is a great life, but not a job for anyone allergic to work. Just keeping a 100 cover restaurant plus a the bar and the rooms in a full operational state is hard enough.

Trying to maintain the building after a 16 hour day running the hotel had its challenges.

The fabric of the Sannox Bay Hotel is needing significant repairs in various areas such as the flat roof at the seaview lounge…

The Flat Roof Ceiling Coming Down Is Good

It is obvious that there is a fair amount of work to do by the state of the patchwork tar and felt atop…

The Old Flat Roof Has Had Its Day. A Major Overhaul On The ‘To Do’ List

The reason we are comfortable with what might seem a bad thing, is it confirms to us exactly what work is needed. Especially the fact there was no insulation in the old flat roof.

If you own a roofing company of good repute and can overhaul the flat roof to the required standard, including new insulation, please get in touch: 0793 557 2803.

So now, during the closure period, we can attend to the needs of the building. The parts of the hotel currently requiring works, such as damp proof course, modern day insulation, replastering and redecorating shall be included in the Schedule of Works.

Please don’t forget, we are looking to hire two people to work with our team to help refurbish the building and also have several contractor led items to complete. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, if you know someone suitably qualified, please can you let them know we are currently hiring.

Not just new jobs at the Sannox Bay Hotel refurbishment. We are already looking at other projects on the Island of Arran to reopen closed buildings and create jobs. There is a real buzz when we get to the stage of reopening and everything comes together. Where ever you are in the UK, we would highly recommend you give this sort of thing a go. This is the 28th project we have tackled. and with the exception of just one (a brief tenant who went off the rails), it has been great fun. 

The Conservatory Is In Need of Repair & Overhaul

This page has been updated during July 2018 and we are still at the early stages of sorting out telephone numbers, painters + decorators + plumbers + roofers etc. There is a very long “to do” list. More news will appear on this page and also the dedicated hotel website in due course.

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