Make your way to Driffield in East Yorkshire and you’ll find the stunning Grade II-listed Highfield House, an Arts and Crafts property first built in the late Victorian period.
It was bought back in 2015 by Andy and Lindsey Lampard, who took it upon themselves to transform it into a viable and thriving business, really revamping it, bringing it up to date and making the investments required to turn it into the perfect events and hospitality space.
Of course, refurbishing an older property is often easier said than done – and they can turn into a money pit quite quickly… so it’s best to be prepared and do some research into the different funding opportunities available to help turn dreams into a reality.
The couple had already invested a significant amount of money into Highfield House before they got in touch with the Invest East Riding business services team to find out more about the help available to them.
Our growth hub adviser Darren Roberts worked alongside the pair to scope out the remaining work needed including new guest accommodation to cater for larger parties and a new commercial kitchen to allow them to prepare food onsite instead of having to bring in outside caterers at additional cost.
Darren helped them understand what they needed to do and the benefits to the business of different scenarios and then supported them with a successful application for a tourism grant in 2019 which has allowed them to make the major changes they had planned.
Mr Lampard spoke glowingly of the support and guidance they received, saying: “There’s so much that these guys can do for you, if you look into it, and now that we’ve been successful with one grant, we’re now looking to undertake a couple of others.”
“There’s so much that these guys can do for you, if you look into it, and now that we’ve been successful with one grant, we’re now looking to undertake a couple of others.”
If you’d like to find out more about how Invest East Riding can help you develop your business in the future, get in touch with us today.