Scotland business

Jobs boost as Laggan Outdoor at Gatehouse of Fleet expands

Laggan Outdoor centre Image copyright Laggan Outdoor
Image caption Laggan Outdoor's previous investments have included new accommodation units

An outdoor activity centre in Dumfries and Galloway is to create dozens of jobs after announcing an investment of £1.9m in the business.

Laggan Outdoor in Gatehouse of Fleet said the cash would support its plans to diversify into the high-end conference and wedding market.

The expansion is being supported by a Scottish Enterprise grant of £362,000.

The company said the move would lead to 34 new full and part-time jobs over the next two years.

The plans include refurbishing and extending an existing farm steading to provide conference facilities for up to 400 people.

The company is aiming to tap into domestic and international opportunities in both the corporate and wedding markets.

Laggan Outdoor already offers a range of activities, including archery, clay pigeon shooting and grass sledging.

Since 2015, the company has invested in a range of developments at the centre, including new accommodation units.

'Significant milestone'

Duncan McConchie, from Laggan Outdoor, said: "We've worked hard in recent years to explore new opportunities to grow the business.

"This development marks a significant milestone in our journey towards our long-term goal of becoming a nationally recognised Rural Venue of Excellence."

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: "I am delighted to see this expansion of Laggan Outdoor which will create and protect jobs and generate business in Gatehouse of Fleet.

"Rural businesses play a vital role in our economy which is why the Scottish government is working with our agencies to explore how we can best deliver investment, sustainable growth, jobs and opportunities and see more success stories like Laggan Outdoor."

Construction on the new development is due to start shortly, and is expected to be completed later this year.

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