Banknock hotel given help to fund refurbishment

Glenskirlie House and Castle owners have received �50,000 funding to support their business
Glenskirlie House and Castle owners have received �50,000 funding to support their business

Wedding bells are ringing out to welcome a funding boost for a popular hotel which will bring 20 new jobs.

The owners of Scotland’s newest castle will receive £50,000 to support their growing events and hospitality business.

Glenskirlie House and Castle in Banknock accessed the East of Scotland Investment Fund (ESIF) through Falkirk Council to support an increase in business in 2015. This followed marketing help it received from Business Gateway Falkirk leading to a surge in wedding bookings.

The business currently employs 80 people and is looking to employ a further 20 full and part-time members of staff to help meet demand.

The majority of the funding will go towards refurbishments and general repair throughout the facility, which includes two wedding and events venues, two award winning restaurants and a 21st century castle containing 15 individually styled bedrooms and banqueting suites.

Colin Macaloney, owner and general manager of Glenskirlie, has been receiving ongoing support from Business Gateway Falkirk. He said: “After they provided us with expert help to upgrade the venue’s website it’s been an excellent sales tool and, as a result, business in weddings is up by around 20 per cent for next year.

“The ESIF funding will ensure we can take on the increase in business and continue to function at the same level of high quality.”

Councillor Dennis Goldie, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for economic development, said its Growth and Investment Unit, which includes Business Gateway, is helping all sizes of companies grow.

He said: “As a result we are seeing positive results for the local economy as a whole, through jobs and investment.”