Government backing for Gloucestershire hotel’s eco-bedrooms and employment

Stonehouse Court

Gloucestershire hotel, Stonehouse Court, has received financial backing from the government, through its Scale Up 4 Growth programme, to enable the 36-bedroom, 17th century Manor House hotel to begin the next stage of its development plans for a 10-bedroom eco extension alongside improving its kitchens and post-Covid outside dining space.

Stonehouse Court, near Stroud, has received a £24,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), an Investment Funds Growth programme targeted to create jobs and support local growth in the community.

Established by the European Union, ERDF helps to support Gloucestershire innovation, businesses and local community regenerations through a locally funded programme known as ‘Scale Up 4 Growth’.

The programme is open to businesses in any sector with ambitious growth plans. Applicants may be small or medium-sized enterprises and based in the Gloucestershire LEP Region, which includes Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Stroud, and the wider Cotswolds.

Grants of £10,000 to £40,000 are available to help address the challenges that Gloucestershire businesses face when growing and scaling up their operations, with the grants covering 35 per cent of business costs.

Maz Jurko, General Manager at Stonehouse Court, said: “We’re delighted to see the Government back us under the Scale Up 4 Growth programme, as it serves to underline how important it is to support local businesses and help rebalance the outward migration of young people from the area.”

He continued: “We’re now one step closer to making Stonehouse Court more accessible to all who need it and we are enormously excited at the prospect of expanding our incredible team while creating more opportunities for the people of the Stroud Valley community.”

In addition, the grant has part-funded two giant 6x6m parasols for the hotel’s Terrace 1601 and Grill, which overlooks the Cotswold Canal. Stonehouse Court has also used the five-figure sum to complete the extension of its Caroline Suite terrace for weddings, with new outdoor seating and a Tipi – something that will enhance revenue streams and create new employment opportunities.

The funding has also opened three full-time positions for bar supervisor, duty manager and waiting staff at the hotel, as well as casual staff opportunities. Additional work opportunities were also created with local partners and collaborators working on the eco bedroom development plans.

The construction work will help the hotel complete construction of its  eco-bedroom project to emphasise the importance of developing sustainable tourism solutions within the region and the need for action against climate change.