Little Crown Funding Support

Local Investment Fund helps enterprising accommodation provider

 Embracing the spirit of enterprise in the borough, local  landlord Ian Gregory has diversified his operation and renovated space in his pub to help boost business with  help from  Local Investment Fund, the Welsh Government’s Tourism Investment Support Scheme along with substantial private investment of his own.

The Little Crown Inn at Wainfelin, Pontypool now provides quality accommodation in the form  of 5 en suite rooms which offer all modern comforts including unlimited wi-fi. In his quest to offer something different to guests and visitors, the accommodation has been themed to reflect the mining history of the area. From rooms named after collieries such as Tirpentwys and Big Pit, to  unique mine shaft-like corridors and mining lamps for  lighting, anyone staying  for business or pleasure is sure to appreciate the insight this venue offers into life at the local coal pits and the effects it had on those on the surface.

"I knew of the history of the mines and I wanted to bring that into the business. We have already had guests from Australia and the USA who have come to see our rich mining heritage. There’s so much to explore locally, for example, at nearby Blaenavon” says Ian Gregory.

Furthermore, the business is booming and as a result Ian has already taken on  3 full time and 6 part time extra members of staff to help with the increasing number of visitors coming to stay at The Little Crown Inn.

“I’m delighted with the result and really appreciate the contribution that the  Local Investment Fund support  provided through Torfaen County Borough Council’s business support team  has been able to make to the venture” says Ian Gregory.

Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Gwener 27th Mehefin 2014