16:59 Thursday 12 December 2013

Boss says that golf club is 'not for sale'

Written byROB SMYTH

THE new man at the top at a popular golf club has quashed rumours that it is for sale – insisting plans are instead being made for investment in the business.

Ben Laing, managing director at Branston Golf and Country Club, off Fairway, was quick to dispel suggestions that the site was to be sold to specialist firm Crown Golf.

He moved to guarantee that there were ‘no plans whatsoever’ to place the club on the market, and said proposals were instead being drawn up to ‘return it to its former glory’.

He told the Mail: “I can categorically say that rumours about the club being sold or put up for sale are absolutely untrue.

“There have not even been talks of this and I can guarantee to members and the public that there are definitely no medium to long-term plans for Branston to be sold.”

Mr Laing, who was appointed to the role this year, went on to state that several efforts were now being made to try to pump investment into the golf and leisure site.

He added: “We are, in fact, looking to invest in the business in the future.

“Like anywhere, we have to make sure that we are commercially viable and make sure that we do things in the right way.

“Everyone knows that we have something great here at Branston and it is my job to make sure that we make the most out of what we have got, and also try to make it better.

“I have some great staff and am enjoying leading the team to continue to deliver exceptional service, and I want to work with them and others to make this even more of a premier attraction, as well as growing the Branston brand within the golf and hospitality industry.

“I have invested my time, my family’s time and my career into making the move to the area because I see Branston as an opportunity to do great things.”

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