Pembrokeshire-based camping and accommodation company Celtic Accommodation has secured a £100,000 funding boost as it looks to increase its capacity ahead of the summer months.
Celtic Accommodation specialises in bunkhouse, camping and group accommodation based on a 250 acre National Trust working farm of Pwll Caerog on the Pembrokeshire coast.
Business owner Ian Griffiths is using the funding, which includes a £45,000 micro loan from Finance Wales, to refurbish an old farm building to improve facilities and take the site’s capacity for group accommodation up to 400.
Griffith and his late wife Judy decided to take on the lease of Pwil Caerog in 1991. Both from farming families, the couple first started out with just three spare bedrooms and three tents in the garden.
Together they developed the site over a number of years after recognising an opportunity to create a mixed farming and camping business in the area.
Keen to continue the success of the business, Griffiths said: “The Pembrokeshire coast is a beautiful part of the world. It’s been really rewarding living here and building the business up. We can now cater for both traditional and modern day campers with a range of accommodation all year round.
“The tourism industry here is strong, people visit the area for a number of reasons. As well as accommodation, we now offer coastal activities like hiking, surfing, kayaking and rock climbing.
"We also hold festivals, weddings and other large events. By continuing to invest in our onsite facilities we are able to make the most of our peak periods but also equip the business to attract visitors throughout the year.”
Finance Wales investment executive, David Knight, helped to structure the loan. He said: “Ian is passionate about the area and has a wealth of experience in the sector. Businesses like Celtic Accommodation are key in supporting the local economy and we were delighted to able to back their expansion plans.
“The tourism industry is a big part of West Wales and we are always keen to speak to local businesses in the sector looking to gear up for the summer for the months. Whether it is refurbishments, stock purchasing or cash flow, we can support businesses with their needs.”
Pembrokeshire is a popular destination for tourists in Wales with 4.3 million visiting the area last year.