East Lothian wedding venue to expand after £780,000 Bank of Scotland funding package



A popular East Lothian wedding venue has announced plans to expand with support from a £780,000 funding package from Bank of Scotland.

Dunglass Estate in Cockburnspath will welcome a new 200-capacity luxury pavilion to its grounds at the end of November, with underfloor heating and on-trend long tables, as well as newly-refurbished guest accommodation.

The investment forms part of the bank’s £1.8 billion lending commitment to Scottish businesses, and anticipates the company’s turnover reaching £500,000 by 2021.

The wedding venue was established in 2009 and hosted just six weddings in its first year, but plans to be hosting 60 by 2021.

Simon Usher, owner of Dunglass Estate, said: “Without the support of Bank of Scotland we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have; an extraordinary venue in a stunning location. Robert Burns said it was the ‘most romantic sweet place’ he’d ever seen, and you would know exactly what he meant if you chose to visit.

“We look forward to continuing our valued relationship with Bank of Scotland and for the bank to help us to continue offering unforgettable experiences at Dunglass.”

Daniel Burns, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland, said: “We’ve been working by the side of the Usher family for more than 50 years, so it’s pleasing to see that they are continuing to make history.

“The wedding sector is booming right now in Scotland. With more than 27,000 ceremonies taking place last year, Simon and Joyce’s decision to expand their business could not have come at a better time.

“Championing ambitious businesses like Dunglass Estate is part of our mission to help Britain prosper. Our team at Bank of Scotland is on hand to support the growth of Scottish firms, regardless of their size.”



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