Posted: Sun 29th Jan 2017

Young Entrepreneur Launches Outdoor Activity Business For Adventure-Seekers

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This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jan 29th, 2017

Margam’s award winning Country Park has always enticed lovers of the great outdoors and its popularity has soared in recent years, with a 43% increase in visitors from 2014 to 2015 alone. Now a young entrepreneur with a passion for free-range fun sees even greater potential for the park and its increasing footfall, launching a new venture to provide a range of outdoor adventures and equipment hire. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Margam Park Adventure’ is the brainchild of Ben Bailey who will offer a wide range of activities including mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and archery. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said: “I had worked at the park for some time and when the chance to set up my own business came around I felt it was too good an opportunity to miss. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I believe there is tremendous potential at the park for a wide range of activities for the visitors. As well as the physical challenges I will offer, there will also be bike and go-kart hire for those who want to explore the area.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ben, who is accredited to provide qualifications in a range of activities, has already invested considerable time and money in his project and he will be operating from a unit in the visitors’ courtyard at Margam Castle. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Margam Park has three lakes, renowned mountain trails, and 850 acres of parkland to explore. I really believe this will be a success and an added attraction for the park itself”, he added. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Margam Park Adventure has something for everyone and his customers are all too willing to recommend the company, leaving rave reviews on the Margam Park Adventure Facebook page. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Ali Thomas OBE paid tribute to the initiative being shown by Mr Bailey. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said: “Margam Park is a special place in Neath Port Talbot and this new, exciting start-up will give visitors the chance to explore even more of what is on offer at our award winning park. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We encourage entrepreneurship in Neath Port Talbot and Ben’s venture was supported by a grant from the Council’s Business Development Team. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“His business will provide alternative activities for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come to Margam Park annually. I wish him all the best.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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