East Coast Adventure expands with funding

East Coast Adventure has expanded its infrastructure and is in the process of creating jobs after receiving a long from the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund.

The County Down-based company, established in 1991, provides an outdoor education programme, leisure pursuits and corporate team building activities from five locations around Carlingford Lough.

The undisclosed investment has allowed the company to build six self-catering camping pods and create three additional jobs.

Mark Cumming, managing director, said: "We approached the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund for support to help us expand our outdoor facilities. The concept of camping has evolved over the last number of years with the emergence of glamping and these pod facilities, which bring a little bit of luxury to camping, have become very popular across the world."

Ian Cumming, operations director, added: "We have plans to build a tepee, as well as creating a communal area for the camping pods. With these expansions there will be further job creation."

The Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund provides access to finance for small businesses, sole traders and partnerships which are keen to develop their business, but find it difficult to access funding.