Activity venue to diversify

Outdoor centre moves into hospitality

Laggan OutdoorA south of Scotland outdoor activity centre in investing in plans to diversify.

Laggan Outdoor in Gatehouse of Fleet has announced a £1.9m investment to support its plans to move into the high-end conference and wedding market.

The investment includes a Scottish Enterprise grant of £362,000 to support the expansion, which will create 34 full and part-time jobs over two years – more than doubling the current staff.

The development will see a refurbishment and extension of an existing farm steading to provide conference facilities for up to 400 people or 240 seated guests. The company is aiming to tap into domestic and international opportunities in both the corporate and wedding markets.

The development is the latest in a line of investments by Laggan Outdoor, which has seen the business grow significantly since 2015. This has included new accommodation units, which have already helped secure local employment on a year-round basis.

Duncan McConchie of Laggan Outdoor said: “We’ve worked hard in recent years to explore new opportunities to grow the business. “

Adrian Gillespie, managing director of growth companies, innovation and infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise said: “Laggan is a fantastic example of a business that has taken full advantage of support like the Rural Leadership Programme to help drive forward strategic growth and this fresh investment will help the company.”

Construction is due to start shortly, and is expected to be complete this year.

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