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Spanish town is offering free houses and jobs in a bid to convince families to relocate there

Fancy trading in the 9-5 grind for a life in the sun?

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A Spanish town is offering families free homes and jobs in an attempt to encourage them to move there.

Griegos, a small town in the north-east of Spain, has seen its citizens dwindle in recent years, with only 132 residents remaining. So in a bid to tackle this issue, the town is offering three houses to rent along with two jobs, while the town hall is offering three different jobs ranging from local restaurant work to home teleworking.

The very persuasive advert explained: “We offer you work in the kitchen and restaurant for you and your partner at the Paladar de Aragón, located in La Muela de San Juan. Or you can manage the Griegos hotel-restaurant, located in the square.

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“If you are one of those who work from home […] You can telecommute and make use of our coworking.”

It is worth noting that only the first three months of your Spanish adventure will be free – after that time period has passed, rent will cost €225 (£194) per month, and families will get a €50 discount (£43) per child – meaning if you have two kids you’ll pay just £108 per month. 

Think of all the tapas and sangria you could buy with that extra money!

The only catch is that you have to be a family with children. Sorry, singletons. So, if you want to embark upon the next Spanish chapter of your life, you’ll have to be quick – there have already been over 3,000 applications from people all over the world who are keen to escape the hum drum. 

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And, with the amount of competition there is, applicants are now being asked to submit a video message alongside their application explaining why they should be selected for the scheme.

If the project is successful, it could lead to other Spanish towns offering similar schemes in what is dubbed ‘Empty Spain’, where villages and towns are seeing a steady decline in population numbers.

The town mayor Salvador Gil has also requested €150,000 to update and renovate the town’s hostel to ‘make it more attractive.’

You can visit the original social media campaign here – better get brushing up on your Spanish!

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A rum bottle-shaped skyscraper could be joining Manchester’s skyline

Plans for the tower include a high-end revolving restaurant and a 24/7 cocktail bar

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Are you ready for this? A skyscraper built in the shape of a rum bottle could be the latest addition to Manchester’s skyline.

The vision comes from ‘maverick’ rum makers Decorrum. The company, which adopts a Printworks honey bee for each bottle of their spiced rum sold, has apparently submitted a bid to build Manchester’s ‘tallest building’ which will just so happen to be in the shape of their own rum bottle.

The leaked planning documents, obtained by Business Up North, contain the first drawings and proposal issued to Manchester City Council this week. According to the documents, the building will house a high-end revolving restaurant situated in the ‘bottle neck’ and will also be home to Manchester’s first ‘sky high’ 24/7 cocktail bar.

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The skyscraper would be situated besides the recognisable Beetham Tower down Deansgate, but will stand thirty stories taller and will even boast a roof-top platform for guests to enjoy panoramic views of the city… Well, according to the ambitious plans it will.

Speaking about the leaked designs, co-founder of Decorrum Rum, Lucy Wolfenden said: “We wanted to capture the spirit of Decorrum while creating a dramatic build for Manchester. We were inspired by the roaring 1920s, the bling of Gatsby and the decadence of the Art Deco era.

“We felt Manchester’s skyline was lacking a little adventure. Ultimately Manchester is a city that thinks a table is for dancing on. We feel Decorrum Tower really reflects that vibe and will offer Mancunians the opportunity to party in pure luxury.”

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Decorrum is a brand new, independent, spiced rum based out of Didsbury – according to the website, the spirit is best served with coke, and is flavoured with the honey of Manchester’s very own bees. 

Suspiciously, the documents for the skyscraper plans have been linked to coincide with the brands’ official launch this month…

To stay posted on further updates, make sure to follow Decorrum on Instagram.

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Deansgate’s Renaissance Hotel to be transformed into huge treehouse hotel

The historic building is finally getting a new lease of life

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After decades of architectural neglect, the infamous Renaissance Hotel is finally set for a much-needed transformation.

Known to Mancs today as ‘that ugly building down Deansgate,’ the Renaissance Hotel was initially built as an office block in 1972 before being transformed into the hotel it is known as today.  However, instead of becoming a staple part of Manchester city centre’s history, the fifteen-storey tall building has instead been labeled as an ‘eye sore’ and has faced the threat of full demolition since 2018.

Last year, it was announced that the hotel would close for good and, ever since, it has stood derelict and seemingly forgotten with the possibility of demolition constantly looming. 

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But now, that’s all set to change – a £200m redevelopment of the building proposed by Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital’s has now been approved by the council.

The building will be taken over by the SH Hotel & Resorts’ ‘Treehouse’, a London-based treehouse-themed hotel concept.

SH Hotels & Resorts’ primary aim is to recreate ‘the wondrous childhood feeling of climbing into a treehouse and making up your own rules.’ They have promised to bring this outlook to their Manchester venture, saying the hotel will be ‘fun, fresh and fabulous – inspired by life’s joys.’

The existing Treehouse Hotel, located in London’s elusive Marylebone neighbourhood, has achieved critical acclaim for it’s unique and eccentric interior design, which includes real tree trunks entwined in the bathrooms, nature-inspired bedrooms and quirky decorations such as cuckoo clocks and an abundance of shrubbery. 

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Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht said on the Manchester project: “I’m really excited to launch our second Treehouse Hotel in the UK. Manchester is as much a destination for travellers as a gathering place for its energetic local community.

“Our Treehouse will introduce a new execution of fun and witty, and provide an imaginative hospitality experience. As a sustainable brand, we will reuse and repurpose the existing building. We are thrilled to set roots in the city of Manchester.”

Further details surrounding the venture have remained tightly under wraps, though SH Hotels & Resorts has indicated that the hotel will introduce a number of unique new dining experiences to the area, including a top-floor restaurant and bar with city views and a rooftop venue.

Treehouse Hotel Manchester has also vowed to make extensive use of ‘reclaimed and recycled materials across both the building itself and the furniture within.’

Treehouse Hotel Manchester is due to open in 2023.

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Woman is raffling off stunning two-bed city centre flat and £10K spending money for just £5

‘I feel like a lot of younger people have less of these opportunities… So I thought maybe I could help somebody get themselves on the property ladder’

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A newly refurbished city centre flat is up for grabs in an incredibly unique raffle opportunity. 

Sushma Sharma will be giving one lucky winner the chance to own her two-bedroom city centre flat completely mortgage free, all for the price of an expensive Northern Quarter pint. 

It’s no secret that property prices have been rising to unaffordable levels for the last couple of years – and, out of the half a million people living in Manchester’s city centre, a vast proportion have had to settle with renting rather than enjoying the luxury of owning their own property.

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Well, a new opportunity that could make the dream of being a homeowner a reality has now arisen.

Sushma bought the flat, which is located just a stone throws away from Deansgate and Manchester Cathedral, in 2002 when property prices weren’t so costly, and now wants to give someone else the opportunity to own the place she has called home for the last two decades.

Speaking to Proper Manchester, Sushma, who works as a school teacher, explained: “This flat has been my home, and I’ve absolutely loved living here.

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“It’s south facing so very light and airy and the windows are huge. From here, I’ve watched as Manchester has changed so much over the years.

“Though what I’ve really loved is the location – I live on my own, and I’ve loved being able to feel safe coming home. I’ve taken full advantage of living directly in the centre and having all the city’s best bars, restaurants and galleries right on my doorstep.”

Sushma paid to have the property fully renovated around five years ago, so it now includes a utility room, brand new flooring, a new kitchen and a larger bathroom.

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Yet despite her happiness in the flat, when her mum died after a long battle with lupus two years ago, she was spurred to make some big changes in her life: “I could continue to love living here, but I’m feeling restless – after losing my mum two years ago, I’m wanting a change of scenery.

“Because I’m fifty-three, I feel like I had a lot of better chances to be able to buy and own my own property. I feel like a lot of younger people have less of these opportunities because things are so much harder.

“It makes me really sad, so I thought maybe I could help somebody get themselves on the property ladder.”

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Sushma explained that she could very easily sell the flat through an estate agent, but it would give her more pleasure to be able to do something new and to help someone at the same time.

And thus, the flat raffle idea was born.

Hosted on the competition app and website, Raffall, Sushma has 50,000 raffle tickets up for grabs. Priced at just £5 each, the winner of the final draw will get the two bedroom flat complete with a car parking space, service charges paid for a year and £10,000 spending money.

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The property will also come with a TV, integrated kitchen appliances, a washing machine, sofa, coffee table, double ottoman bed and double wardrobe.

And, if all 50,000 tickets are sold, Sushma will not only donate £5,000 to Lupus UK, a charity helping those living with the rare and incurable illness, but will give another £10,000 to a different ticket holder in a second prize draw.

“That could be a deposit for someone else to get their foot on the property ladder themselves.”

Do you fancy your chances at being a city centre homeowner? If so, get your own raffle ticket here, and make sure to follow the raffle’s official Instagram page and Facebook Page for updates.

The raffle ends on Sunday, August 22nd at 9pm.

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