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Mr. Brownsdon

Michael Brownsdon

Associate, Capital Allowances, Savills

Michael Brownsdon MRICS ATT specializes in Capital Allowances Consultancy utilizing property and tax skills to provide professional consultancy advice to a wide range of UK institutions, property companies, private clients, property owner occupiers and tenants. His expertise involves maximizing tax relief on capital expenditure incurred on commercial properties. Mr. Brownsdon joined Savills in January 2013 in order to help the team develop relationships with non-specialist accountants and tax advisers and to utilize his alternative energy experience with the Savills Energy Team. Mr. Brownsdon is currently a full member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of Taxation Technicians. Mr. Brownsdon previously worked for the specialist capital allowances firm Lovell Consulting where he completed his Master Degree in Real Estate Investment and Finance and gained membership to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and passed the Association of Taxation Technicians examinations. Prior to that Mr. Brownsdon worked in FMCG and automotive industries as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

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Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.