Lancashire tourist attraction celebrates green award and profit boost

AWARD: Diane Cottam with Michaela Strachan at Ribby Halls Wild Discovery Centre
AWARD: Diane Cottam with Michaela Strachan at Ribby Halls Wild Discovery Centre
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Staff at a county tourist attraction are celebrating after strong financial results and an award for efforts to go green.

Pre-tax profits at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, rose to £1.9m in the 12 months to December 27 last year.

The previous year’s was £1.56m.

Turnover too was up – to £24m from £22.5m the previous year.

In the report the company said it intends to build a £1m new attraction – a family pool.

The new lagoon-style pool will have a “luxurious tropical feel” and include interactive water features, water chutes and temperature themed room.

Mark Partington, Ribby Hall Village’s managing director said: “Ribby Hall Village’s diverse porttfolio continues to thrive.

“We believe the key to our continued success remains our investment in both our 530 plus staff, our ongoing refurbishment programme and the introduction of major new offerings year on year.

“Regarding Turnover alone for 2015, the introduction of a new eatery – The Tapas Bar was very successful.

“The SPA itself saw a growth in turnover of 15 per cent and The SPA Hotel overall saw growth of 10 per cent.”

Meanwhile the village has been awarded Gold status from the Green Tourism Business 
Scheme.

It was assessed and scored highly throughout the report with recycling graded as outstanding and monitoring of energy, water and waste as very good.

Ribby Hall Village’s senior manager Diane Cottam, said: “Being awarded Gold status in the Green Tourism Business Scheme is a wonderful accolade for Ribby Hall Village and its employees.”