Woolacombe’s new luxury development offers bed to beach in just 4 minutes

Background A breath-taking sight awaits as you emerge round the bend leading down to the North Devon coastal village of Woolacombe.  Bright, shimmering sea striped with frothy waves and edged by an inviting sandy three mile beach creates a view not easily forgotten and amply justifies Woolacombe’s inclusion in the UK’s top 10 beaches.* In… Continue reading Woolacombe’s new luxury development offers bed to beach in just 4 minutes

A Picture of Success: How expanding their premises increased local employment

Dave and Sarah’s FOLK2FOLK loan enabled them to grow their business and employ 14 local staff. Now with a 20% increase in turnover, they count their lucky stars their accountant introduced them to FOLK2FOLK. The Problem Dave and Sarah originally started ‘Stable Art’ in a small workshop in the centre of Bodmin, Cornwall where they… Continue reading A Picture of Success: How expanding their premises increased local employment

Pauline & Andy’s Story

An eco home with garden

Background Pauline and Andy have a small holding in Herefordshire. Inching closer to retirement, they made the bold decision to try their hand at property development, something neither had done before, to help build up their pension pot. The Project Their grand plan was to build four new four-bedroom properties all with high spec eco-credentials… Continue reading Pauline & Andy’s Story

Toastie Taverns

Lower monthly repayments and a relationship with an organisation that makes the effort to understand her business were two of the main reasons pub company boss Lesley Humphrys opted for a FOLK2FOLK loan last year. Humphrys runs the Toastie Taverns chain of 24 public houses in the North-west of England and she has successfully refinanced… Continue reading Toastie Taverns

Richard’s Story

“Sharp & Tappin is a precision engineering company and has been going for 11 years. The business has two parts: one is onboard cameras for ships and the other is composite blade saws for the aerospace industry. The business was set up by one of my sons and one of his friends’ fathers and I joined… Continue reading Richard’s Story

Transforming Paschoe House into a boutique hotel and local employer

After receiving some fantastic reviews such as in The Telegraph and other local publications, FOLK2FOLK went along to see the results of the transformation of Paschoe House. Once a former derelict manor house, it’s owner’s daughter Tabitha Amador-Christie discusses how the house has evolved into a modern boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant. With help from FOLK2FOLK and… Continue reading Transforming Paschoe House into a boutique hotel and local employer

Dartington Dairy

What does it take to produce an award-winning ice cream? A lot of dedication, taste-testing, early mornings plus a decent herd of goats and cows. At the Dartington Estate in Devon, farming couple Jon and Lynne Perkin took on the tenancy at Old Parsonage Farm in March 2015 and set about transforming the farm into… Continue reading Dartington Dairy

Saving Wrangaton Golf Course

You wouldn’t normally associate farming and golf, but they do share a key attribute…land management. In 2015, Wrangaton Golf Club, a members’ run course at the time, fell into administration and came up for sale. A local farming family immediately saw an opportunity to transform the course into something different – a more inclusive environment with… Continue reading Saving Wrangaton Golf Course