Heritage Great Britain looks after Land’s End in Cornwall, Snowdon Mountain Railway, The Needles on the Isle of Wight and Mattel Play! within Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock. Tony McDonough reports
A Liverpool-based firm that operates some of the UK’s best-known tourist attractions is to invest an extra £5m across its portfolio.
Heritage Great Britain (HGB) looks after Land’s End in Cornwall; Snowdon Mountain Railway in North Wales; The Needles on the Isle of Wight and Mattel Play! within Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock.
Last month HGB unlocked a city icon by opening the doors to RLB360, taking visitors inside the Royal Liver Building and allowing them to experience the panoramic views from its clock tower for the first time.
The company started trading from Liverpool in 1999 and now, in its 20th anniversary year, it wants to invest in the attractions with the backing of bankers at Santander.
HGB finance director, Peter Johnson-Treherne, said: It gives me great pleasure to see the business flourishing after 20 years, having navigated some challenging times for both the UK economy and tourism industry.
“In addition to normal maintenance and spend, we have already planned for and committed around £5m towards inward investment across the next three years. This important funding will come from business profits, with the support of facilities provided by Santander.”
This year the business is committing to its immediate and long-term future with significant investment across its sites, including the opening of a new beachfront attraction at Sandown on the Isle of Wight and upgrades to the accommodation offer at Land’s End.
Gordon Clements, relationship director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, added: “HGB is a highly valued, esteemed client and we’re delighted to be able to provide this funding to help it capitalise further on its historic portfolio of assets and deliver an exciting calendar of events through to 2022.”