o A new five-star 225-bedroom Central London hotel with meetings spaces, the Great Scotland Yard, is due to open in early 2017.

Operated by Steigenberger Hotel Group the Edwardian Grade Two listed building was the HQ of the Metropolitan Police for 61 years until 1890 when it was used by the Army and, until 2013, as the library for the Ministry of Defence. The £110 million property, located close to Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament is now owned by Indian billionaire Yusuffali Kader, and with some luxury suites on sale for a reported £10,000 a night could make a perfect retreat for MPs on expenses.


o Skelwith Leisure (Raithwaite) Ltd, the owners of the four-star Raithwaite Hall hotel and golf venue near Whitby, Yorkshire, appointed administrators for the company last month. At the same time Skelwith (Leisure) Ltd, which was planning a hotel, shops and more than 2,200 new homes on a site at Flaxby, near Knaresborough, Yorkshire, announced that it was seeking provisional liquidation.

Both are legal devices commonly used to shield companies from creditors and allow debts to be written off. The assets of the company can then be sold without the liabilities.

Both companies are part of Skelwith Group Ltd and the chief executive of all three, according to Companies House records, is Paul James Ellis.

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