A Fife catering and events company has bought a popular local venue to take advantage of growing demand for bespoke weddings, with support of a six-figure funding package from Bank of Scotland.
Pratis Barns in Leven has been acquired by 2G Events, after the business noticed an increase in couples hiring spaces where they have the freedom to personalise every aspect of their big day.
The 23,000 sq. ft property includes a barn event space, private dining areas, three out-buildings and a walled garden.
Guests can hire the venue in its entirety and bring in their own decorations, entertainment and catering to suit their personal tastes.
2G Events’ owners, Patrick and Nicola Gilmour have a five-year plan to install a new kitchen, remodel the barn, landscape the walled garden and transform a Grade-B listed house at the venue into guest accommodation.
Patrick Gilmour said: “As a business we used to offer outside catering exclusively but can now work from a fixed location while tapping into the DIY trend that continues to dominate the wedding industry.
“The conversion of the house on-site will allow guests to stay for the entire weekend, a new experience we’ve been able to bring to Pratis Barns.
“Bank of Scotland has been by our side throughout the entire process and we’ve already hit our bookings target for 2020 with six weddings already scheduled for 2021.”
Louise Molloy, relationship director at Bank of Scotland, said: “The latest Scottish Wedding Census confirms that the wedding industry in Scotland is worth close to £1billion annually.
“We are always here to support businesses as they look to seize market opportunities, as part of our commitment to helping Scotland prosper. This includes 2G Events, a business looking to capitalise on the rise in demand from couples looking for the DIY wedding experience.
“To help other businesses, we recently committed to lend up to £1.6 billion to Scottish firms. From wedding venues to healthcare providers, we are here to provide the guidance and support necessary to see firms excel.”