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Case Study Transforming the business Luss Estates
Case Study Transforming the business A process of diversification and modernisation undertaken by Luss Estates has transformed the nature of its business and helped bring a new sense of vibrancy to the local area.

Luss Estates Company has long had a desire to grow the local economy and the sustainability of the local community. The first big steps were made by facilitating, through land release to tenants, the development of two international golf courses – Loch Lomond Golf Club (in 1993) and The Carrick (in 2007).

That was followed by the development by Luss Estates of Glen Douglas Hydro and the company’s multi-million pound refurbishment of the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, which took place between 2010 and 2012. The efforts gained extra impetus following the threatened closure of Luss Primary School. That began a process that saw the creation of a new plan, the Luss Strategic Development Framework.

Simon Miller, Luss Estates Chief Executive, explained: “Our main task is to preserve and enhance the area for future generations. The most important steps we can make are to provide economic and employment opportunities, and create new family housing.

“This is at the forefront of what we do, by investing in and developing our own enterprises and encouraging others to invest in the local area and live here. The Luss Strategic Development Framework was prompted by the potential closure of our primary school, and the simple question: ‘What could we do to help stop this happening?’”

Taking over two years to create, and involving local stakeholders and community groups, the Framework details possible commercial, housing and urban realm sites, and other improvements such as traffic management and the general upkeep of the area.

The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel has shown the positive effects of change. Since its reopening, it has built a successful weddings business, winning numerous awards for its wedding capability and attracting clients from the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK.

Simon added: “Since then, Luss Seafood Bar, The Clan Shop, Luss Filling Station and Luss Smokehouse have been developed in the village, all but the later operated by Luss Estates. We have planning for six artisan retail units, which we will be marketing to the rental market this year.”

One of the area’s major advantages is its ability to attract local, national and international visitors. It currently draws more than 750,000 visitors a year and one part of the plan is to enhance what’s on offer.
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