In August 2015, Molson Coors UK, one of the country’s biggest brewers, sold its brewing equipment at the William Worthington Brewery, located within the National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent, to Planning Solutions Limited.
The Rempstone Estate, situated on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck, close to Corfe Castle and Studland Bay, had for many years been operating a successful 130 pitch tented holiday campsite. The Estate initially asked PSL for suggestions on how to improve the profitability of the existing tented site – but PSL quickly identified that the real potential of this beautiful location lay with the development of luxury forest holiday lodges. PS Consulting Ltd undertook the initial research and business evaluation to demonstrate the potential of this £3.5m development to the Estate Trustees.
In autumn 2015, Planning Solutions Ltd won a competitive tender, organised by Maidstone Borough Council, to manage their Kent Life attraction for a period of ten years.
CONKERS, Leicestershire is an environmentally themed visitor centre at the heart of The National Forest in the East Midlands, which is operated by Planning Solutions Limited on behalf of The National Forest Charitable Trust.
In October 2015 PSL acquired the 72 bedroom “Royal Esplanade Hotel” in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, from Shearing’s Hotels division. After an extensive refurbishment programme, PSL will market and operate this historic listed hotel itself, offering business travellers and tourists an excellent accommodation base, in the heart of Ryde, with restaurant facilities and new function and conference spaces.
In 1997 PSL identified a prime seafront location site in Brighton, on behalf of Harry Ramsdens Restaurants. Recognising the potential of this site, facing the pier and close to the Brighton Pavilion – PSL decided to apply for the Harry Ramsden’s area franchise and to operate the restaurant itself. The seafront fish and chip Restaurant and Take- Away is now a highly successful business generating a substantial turnover from year round trading.
Super Tubing is one of the newest adventure leisure experiences in the UK and the Supertubing experience at the Festival Park in Ebbw Vale, managed by Planning Solutions Ltd, is the longest in the country. Customers sit on a reinforced inflatable tube which is pushed or spun from the top level of the ride created from a special Snowflex material. Then they accelerate down the 120m slope racing friends or colleagues' to see who can finish first.
Planning Solutions were approached by local action group made up of business, education and political representatives and the site owners Molson Coors. Their objective was to re-open the Molson Coors Visitor Centre (formerly the Bass Museum) that had been closed in 2008, after suffering several years of falling visitor numbers and consequent operational losses.
Planning Solutions have been managing CONKERS, an environmentally themed visitor attraction, on behalf of The National Forest Charitable Trust, since 2001. Planning Solutions researched a variety of product development opportunities and concluded that a High & Low Aerial Adventure Course would provide the exciting experience necessary to attract these new audiences – and provide a positive return on investment. The new product was also sufficiently different to the traditional CONKERS’ offer that, it was felt it could be charged for as a separate ‘add on adventure’ in addition to the standard day visit ticket price.
PSL own and operate a craft bakery and traditional tea rooms in the village of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. The bakery produces craft breads, cakes and savouries and offers breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas. The bakery also supplies third party hotels and restaurants on the Island.