Experts on Hand

(August 2009)

A team of mentors is helping Flintshire’s tourism industry to raise its game still further. We look at three enterprises that are benefiting from a welcome injection of cash and expertise.

Since its launch early this year, the mentoring programme has already secured £70,000 of grant support for local tourism businesses – with more in the pipeline.

The scheme delivered by Barsby Associates is part of the £597,000 “Realising the Potential of Tourism” project within Flintshire’s Rural Development Plan for Wales.

Mentors Adrian Barsby, Neil Evans of the Old Mill at Nannerch and Eleri Llwyd of Hyfforddiant PRAGMA Training – all experienced tourism operators – are working closely with more than 30 local enterprises in a drive to improve quality. The mentors conduct a quality audit of each business and help them to draw up and implement an action plan. Participants are eligible for match-funded grants of up to £10,000 to enable them to achieve their goals.

Adrian Barsby commented: “We are very pleased to provide support to such a wide range of enterprises of all sizes. They include those specialising in fishing, luxury holiday cottages, farm cottages, hotels, pubs, craft centres, B&Bs, stabling for holidaying horses, golf courses, caravan parks and horse riding for the disabled.

“Despite the current economic climate I remain confident the mentoring scheme will assist companies to improve quality during 2009 into 2011. There is an amazing level of optimism expressed by operators within Flintshire and a deserved confidence in their product.”

David P Evans | Tourism Manager,
Flintshire County County Council
01352 702468

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