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Our partners collaborate with the association to engage directly with our vibrant membership community.
Our Partners for Business Scheme develops a collaborative relationship between the ASSC and leading industry experts, maximising awareness and impact for partners, and in turn supporting ASSC members. See a list of businesses participating in the Partners for Business scheme and discover more benefits of joining the scheme below.
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Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed 1.4 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

Carl Thomson | Public Policy Manager

carl.thomson@airbnb.com
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Awaze

Awaze is the largest managed vacation rentals and holiday resorts business in Europe which brings together trusted travel brands including cottages.com, Hoseasons, James Villa Holidays and Novasol.

Cottages.com is the UK’s leading provider of holiday cottages and luxury homes and offers more than 21,000 places to stay in the UK. From coastal retreats to country castles, the brand is home to a number of unique, inspiring collections, curated by our experts, and helps over 1.45 million guests and more than 163,000 pets find their perfect break every year. With over 40 years’ experience helping owners let their property successfully, Cottages.com is a friendly, UK-based company, available to our owners and customers 7 days a week via telephone, email or webchat.

propertyrecruitment@cottages.com

Booking.com

Booking.com was founded in the Netherlands in 1996. It aims to bring together travellers from across the world with a wide range of accommodation and travel options, with short term accommodation an important and growing part of its business. Booking.com has offices in Edinburgh as well as Manchester (its UK HQ), London and Bristol.

Fiona MacConnacher | Public Affairs Manager, UK & Ireland

Brodies

A Scottish law firm with national and international capability, Brodies has a reputation for uncompromising quality, expertise and innovation. With over 750 staff operating from our bases across Scotland, Brodies offers a talented team of lawyers that services virtually all sector in the UK economy.

Neil Collar | Head of Planning Law

neil.collar@brodies.com

The Cumberland

Experts in Hospitality Mortgages – The Cumberland Building Society specialise in mortgages for the tourism and hospitality sector. We can consider cases many other lenders don’t and lend throughout the UK and certain Scottish Islands. If you are buying a hospitality property or want to see if we can offer a better deal on your current property, speak to us about our personal, flexible service and products. Our professionally qualified team of advisers will work with you to understand your business and individual circumstances.

Lisa Hodgson | Senior Sales Manager – Intermediary & Holiday Let

Intermediaries@cumberland.co.uk

DM Hall

DM Hall is an industry recognised firm of Chartered Surveyors with a large network of offices across Scotland. The firm has over 100 fully qualified surveyors, specialising in the full spectrum of residential and commercial services.

We are a major provider of Home Reports, including EPCs, and can provide all other industry recognised residential reports. Our commercial department offers the full range of valuation services and has its own commercial agency department. In addition we have specialists in other areas including building surveying, architectural services, planning, property enquiry certificates as well as our rural team, based in Bridge of Allan, Baird Lumsden.

DM Hall has a clear commitment to providing exceptional levels of service and has maintained the prestigious ISO 9001:2015, company-wide quality standard. This, combined with a rating of Excellent on Trustpilot, should underline to ASSC members that they’re in very safe hands.

Caroline Wayte | Marketing Manager

assc@dmhall.co.uk

Holidaycottages.co.uk

With over 30 years of experience, holidaycottages.co.uk is now one of the leading names in UK holiday rentals, and the flagship of Travel Chapter – home to a unique network of award-winning brands which includes Cottages & Castles and Canine Cottages.

From cosy shepherds’ huts to impressive castles, we have over 8,000 properties letting with us across the UK, including over 670 in Scotland. Having received a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award as well as excellent ratings across Feefo and Trustpilot, guests can be confident in our customer service as well as in the quality of the accommodation.

As for our owners, we recognise that they are as special as the properties they own, which is why we offer the local support of dedicated property account managers who work with their owners to maximise the success of their properties.

joinus@holidaycottages.co.uk

Houghton Planning

Houghton Planning provide a range of services to cover all aspects of town and rural planning. The main contacts are well-known in planning circles and have 60+ years planning experience between them.  We have been helping clients in the tourism sector for many, many years across Scotland.

We can help you prepare your Planning Application, or Certificate of Lawfulness, or can prepare and submit the application for you.

The company will be with you from the day you start the application process, keeping you updated in a friendly professional way, and will guide you through the complexities of the planning system in a straightforward and common-sense way.

We offer cost-effective advice, and will work for ASSC members for a discounted fixed fee rate for a Planning Application, and a pre-agreed fixed fee based upon a discounted hourly rate for any planning advice, and work in preparing and submitting a Certificate of Lawfulness. All fees will be agreed in advance, and will not be exceeded unless circumstances merit further work being undertaken, which will be flagged well in advance.

We observe the bylaws, regulations, and ethical guidelines, of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Paul Houghton | Director

paul@houghtonplanning.co.uk

Howden

Insurance

Howden, formally Bruce Stevenson, is an international insurance group made up of talented experts with the freedom and support to do what we do best. We are united by a shared passion and together, we are working to change the insurance narrative – supporting our clients while using insurance as a tool to increase resilience for individuals, businesses, and communities.

From small seasonal businesses to the large stately homes, we pride ourselves in arranging bespoke cover to suit your insurance requirements.

Our current portfolio includes everything from wooden chalets to city apartments and country estates. Some have very simple requirements, whilst others have staff, leisure facilities and additional business interests on-site.

Howden is a significant supporter of the hospitality and tourism sector in Scotland. We are brokers to many holiday-let providers across the country and we’re proud to be partners for business with the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers (ASSC).

If you need protection for your self-catering business, please give us a call, we would be delighted to assist you.

Derek Nicol | Account Executive

derek.nicol@howdeninsurance.co.uk

Interhome

Interhome Group has been professionally managing holiday homes and apartments for over 50 years in the UK. Their guests primarily come from mainland Europe, and they are looking for their perfect getaway in Scotland.  If you are interested in reaching a new market, please feel free to get in touch.

Daniel Hodgson | Service Office Manager | Interhome Group | Service Office

daniel.hodgson@interhome.group

Key Data

Key Data is committed to being the most trusted global solution of short-term rental market data, unlocking expert insights for every property manager, destination marketing organisation, hotelier, and tourism business.

By utilizing our intuitive dashboards, short-term rental professionals can access over forty key metrics they need to make data-driven decisions for their organisation. From strengthening communications with stakeholders to confidently adapting to changing market trends, Key Data’s insights provide industry leaders with the actionable insights they need to achieve their goals.

Key Data aggregates historical and forward-looking data in real-time providing the hospitality industry with in-depth performance analysis and comparative data to understand your position in the market and areas for improvement.

James Weatherby

Emeateam@keydatadashboard.com

Pure Utilities

Pure Utilities is a Licensed Provider of Water and Waste Water services to non-household customers in Scotland. We have extensive experience supplying self-catering properties, providing mains services to thousands of like-minded customers. Our people are big on providing first class customer service and focused on providing better value to your business. We’re passionate about treating customers fairly and improving the industry to benefit the consumer.

Takeel Riaz | Business Development Manager

takeel.riaz@pureutilities.co.uk

STL Solutions

Licence and Planning Consultants

STL Solutions is a collaborative group of industry experts, composed of members of the Judicial Review team, together with an experienced team of lawyers and planning consultants.

The six Local Authorities we service are: Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Fife, Aberdeen, and Highlands.

Anyone operating any form of short-term accommodation or a self-catering property in these areas, can benefit from STL Solutions, including:

  • Secondary letting – properties you let out full time (self-catering)
  • Home letting (renting out your home when away)
  • Home sharing (B&B or letting a room in your home)

In recognition of the part that all backers made to the Judicial Review, the Petitioners have secured a 10% discount on the service provided by STL Solutions. Just mention that you contributed to the fundraising when getting in contact.

contact@stlsolutions.co.uk

Supercontrol

SuperControl is recognised as the leading all-in-one property management system and channel manager in the UK and Ireland. Its mission is to bring simplicity to the self-catering world.

The system offers tools that increase your control, save you time and make you more money.

SuperControl offers simplification and automation, committed to enhancing the hosting experience for its users.

Earn with SuperControl’s ‘Refer & Earn’ Programme: Make a referral to SuperControl and get £100 as a thank you gift when your referral joins! Know someone overwhelmed with managing bookings? Help them save time and regain control.  Click here to refer and earn.

sales@supercontrol.co.uk

Sykes Cottages

Sykes Holiday Cottages is one of the UK’s leading and fastest-growing independent holiday cottage rental agencies, offering over 19,000 holiday homes from property owners across the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. From romantic cosy cottages for two to larger properties that sleep 20 or more – couples, families and reuniting friendship groups can find something to suit them with Sykes.

Founded 30 years ago, Sykes Holiday Cottages is also one of the best-known travel brands, having won the British Travel Award for Best Large Holiday Cottage Booking Company for eight consecutive years.

partners@sykescottages.co.uk

VisitScotland

VisitScotland’s purpose is to grow and develop the sustainable economic benefit of tourism to Scotland’s visitor economy.  Working closely with individual businesses, public agencies, local authorities and other tourism stakeholders to help achieve this through marketing activities, Quality Assurance (grading scheme) advice, partnership initiatives and events … to name but a few!

info.team@visitscotland.com

Vrbo

In 1995, Vrbo introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay. We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together. Since then, we’ve grown into a global community of homeowners and travellers, with unique properties around the world. Vrbo makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses and every kind of space in between.

Vrbo is part of Expedia Group and offers homeowners and property managers exposure to over 750 million visits to Expedia Group sites each month. To learn more, visit www.vrbo.co.uk/lyp

Marco Puccioni | UK MDM

a-mpuccioni@expediagroup.com

WYM Rating

WYM Rating is an independent Scottish business, specialising in all aspects of business rates advice. With many time-sensitive statutory processes and procedures, our team can guide you through all the growing complexities of the business rates environment from rates proposals/ appeals, billing issues and annual returns.

Billy McKaig | Director

enquiries@wymrating.com
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Our partnership with ASSC allows us to actively support the short term let sector and promote our brand to over 1700 members. With a highly engaged membership and passionate management team, led by Fiona Campbell, we’re convinced that our broad range of surveying services is widely recommended and further enhanced by the close working relationships with other trusted partners. In the current climate this sector desperately needs support from reputable brands like yours - and in return, your business will forge enduring business connections.

Caroline Wayte, Marketing Manager, DM Hall Chartered Surveyor

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We are proud to have had a long-standing relationship with the ASSC as Partners for Business over the years. The ASSC are very active in the hospitality sector, particularly when it comes to self-catering accommodation in Scotland. The insights we receive from our connections at the ASSC are invaluable and we’ve developed a strong network of industry leaders who we have met via the organisation. Everyone involved with the ASSC has a great attitude too – approachable, knowledgeable, and always more than happy to help.

Lisa Hodgson, Senior Sales Manager (Intermediary & Holiday Let), Cumberland Building Society

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Our partnership with Fiona Campbell and the team at ASSC has been truly collaborative. We have been Partners for Business for over 5 years now and the insights we have gained from our partnership have allowed us to develop our product offering for the sector and specifically for the Scottish Self-Catering clientele. Hundreds of ASSC members have entrusted us to act for them and we continue to work with Fiona and the ASSC to enhance our offering to members to ensure that we provide both competitive and comprehensive cover. We are grateful to the team and the membership for their continued support.

Derek Nicol, Hospitality Account Executive, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers (A Howden Company)

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