Barclays Business, the small-business arm of the global financial giant, has announced backing for a north Northumberland-based business.
Wyndenwell Ice Cream Parlour, in Bamburgh, was established in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Noel and Kirstie Page, who saw a gap in the tourism and leisure sector.
The pair then decided to launch a coffee shop with free wifi to build on their growing custom. New funding from Barclays has enabled them to purchase the property they are located in and secure the future of the business for years to come.
Noel said: “We started the business with very little, but have been fortunate enough to be able to grow organically and take advantage of the ‘staycation’ holiday trend.
“When the opportunity arose to buy the premises we decided to take advantage of the low interest rates we’re currently seeing and we’re now the proud freeholders of the business premises.”
As Bamburgh becomes increasingly an all-year destination, it’s expected that Wyndenwell Ice Cream Parlour will double the turnover in the coming year and see a significant increase in staffing levels.
Paul Duggan, business banking manager at Barclays, said: “It’s been very rewarding working with Noel and Kirstie and seeing them develop the business so it’s great that we’ve been able to provide financial support for the next phase of their development and we look forward to seeing their continued growth over the coming years.”