When Kenneth Lightbody decided he wanted to be his own boss, the idea of running a business where people could have fun appealed.
The former bodybuilder knew that he had to find something that no-one was currently offering in the Falkirk area, but also was attractive to all ages.
After coming up with the idea of a paintballing centre where boys – and girls – could immerse themselves in team games, he then had the task of finding a location which offered the space and scope needed for the ‘war’ games.
Kenneth (41), of Camelon, said: “I was all over the place looking for something suitable then one day I spotted an open door at a building in Burnbank Road, Bankside and looked inside. It was perfect with plenty of opportunity for paintball.”
The building was the former Sovereign furniture store and Kenneth admits owner Gregor Ewing was a bit sceptical at first but, after hearing more about the project, became fully committed.
Kenneth added: “Once I told him my plans he was fully supportive and it’s fair to say that I will also be indebted for his help in getting this off the ground.
“I also approached Business Gateway and they thought it was a fantastic idea and fully supported me in developing it. I also received a BP Loan Funding grant to help with the set-up costs.”
Dye Hard opened last month and employs four people. It is open daily until 10 p.m. and offers a variety of packages, appealing to stag and hen parties, as well as corporate events.
Coming soon is splat guns for six to 11-year-olds.
Kenneth added: “Of course I want to attract people from all over, but I really want it to be somewhere that people from Falkirk can have a fun day out.”