Cheshire based climbing facility has received financial support from MSIF in the form of a £70,000 loan.
Sam Oxford and her partner Antony White have recently opened a large climbing wall centre in the popular leisure area of Ellesmere Port. Boulder Hut opened its doors to avid climbers and novices on Saturday 14th July. With over 40 years of climbing experience between them, opening their own climbing facility has been in the planning for some time.
The company was incorporated in 2016 but finding the perfect location has taken dedication and perseverance. To kick start the funding process the directors approached Steve Hitchen at the MSIF Finance Hub. The Finance Hub helped Boulder Hut with their business plan and financial forecasts for an investment proposition and, assisted them on successfully receiving a £30K Start Up Loan.
Due to the complexity of the development, Boulder Hut needed additional support to finish the project. Through further conversations with MSIF, Sue Chambers (MSIF Investment Manager) was able to facilitate a further £70K loan to bridge the gap in the remaining funds.
Boulder Hut is anticipated to be a great success with mountaineering becoming increasingly popular in recent years. It was paramount for Sam and Antony to create a climbing space suitable for all ages. As parents themselves, they understand the importance of having a dynamic space for different ages and abilities, enabling climbers to be adventurous whilst in a safe environment.
There are divided zones for both children and adults climbing, with a further dedicated space for training. The adult area consists of slab climbing, overhanging and cave areas where guests can perfect their bouldering skills under the guidance of trained professionals. The 17,000 square feet complex also has a vegan and vegetarian café to provide some healthy re-fuel after those hours spent working up an appetite.
Sue Chambers, MSIF Investment Manager said “It has been a delight to work with both Sam and Antony. Their vision has created a fun and dynamic establishment with great facilities for children and adults. I look forward to seeing the further success over the coming years and Boulder Hut becoming the hub that brings the climbing community together.”
Sam Oxford, Director of Boulder Hut said “Both Sue and Steve from MSIF have given us invaluable support from the very beginning. We’ve had great success over the summer holidays with some fantastic feedback from our customers. Even our chef who was a novice climber is really passionate about it now. Over the next few months, we will be launching Children’s Parties and hope to see our experienced climbers pay us a visit to maintain their skill throughout the winter. It’s a very exciting time for us.”
Boulder Hut is open now at the Olympic Park in Ellesmere Port. Please see www.boulderhut.com for further details and an opportunity to win free climbing sessions.