A Denbighshire adventure tours business has secured backing from Angels Invest Wales’ investors.
Established in August 2018 by Claire Copeman and Jim Gaffney, Adventure Tours UK offers scheduled and tailor-made adventure holidays in Wales.
The duo craft hiking, trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, wellness breaks and multi activity holidays in locations including North East Wales, Snowdonia and Anglesey.
Angel investors John and Michaela McDonald will now help to grow the business post Covid-19. With their respective backgrounds in technology and financial services, the North Wales based couple manage a range of business interests, including a property development company and a management consultancy business.
“This is our first venture into the travel sector and we are really excited about the possibilities,” said the McDonalds.
“The Adventure Tours UK team have pulled together a quality offering to address a clear gap in the market, and we have every confidence in their ability to access new customers and scale up operations as we emerge from lockdown.”
Co-founder Claire Copeman added: “We curate the perfect adventures, whether you’re a solo traveller looking to join a small group experience, a couple seeking epic adventures together or a family on your own tailor-made journey of discovery.
“For corporate groups we create incentive trips, team-building weekends, charity events, out-of-conference experiences and product launches in unforgettable locations.”
She added: “The support of Angels Invest Wales and John and Michaela as our investors will have a huge impact; safeguarding and creating new jobs, funding crucial marketing activity post Covid and helping us to promote just how special our offer is to a global travel trade market as Wales reopens.”
Laura James-Mowbray is a regional manager for Angels Invest Wales.
She added: “Adventure Tours UK set out to be a truly scalable business from day one. This investment is a significant boost for international Welsh tourism.
“Completing this deal in the midst of the current Covid-19 crisis, which has had a significant impact on the travel industry, is testament to the strength and resilience of Adventure Tours UK’s business plan and the belief of the Investors in Claire and Jim as the co-founders.”