New owners reveal expansion plans after taking over Grange Park sports and leisure complex

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Mar 2019

An entrepreneurial family are looking to expand the facilities at a popular North Lincolnshire sports and leisure complex after taking over as its new owners.

John and Georgina Aisthorpe, together with their two children Jake and Amelia, have bought the 148-acre Grange Park facility in Messingham.

The complex provides guests with a wide range of facilities and services including overnight accommodation, golf courses, tennis courts, weddings, function rooms and private parties. 

The new owners have a proven track record of owning and managing successful businesses across the UK and they secured a six-figure commercial mortgage from HSBC UK to fund part of the purchase.

With over 30 years of combined experience owning and managing businesses, John and Georgina say they are well-placed to grow Grange Park.

And an immediate area of focus for the family is to build on the park's existing facilities, including its portfolio of lodges available for overnight guests.

Jake, John and Georgina Aisthorpe, the new owners of Grange Park, pictured with HSBC UK relationship manager Ian Green (Image: HSBC)

The new owners are building an additional 14 lodges at the North Lincolnshire park, increasing accommodation capacity by 80 per cent.

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John said: "With a large amount of commercial experience and a burning desire to succeed, Georgina and I wanted a new challenge.

"With the support of our two children, we hope to create a family business that provides guests with long-lasting memories.

"We're already in the early stages of developing new accommodation and with the support from our relationship manager at HSBC UK, Ian Green, we will continue to strategically develop the park's 148 acre site."

The new owners of Grange Park are aiming to add to its existing facilities

Over the next five years, the family hope to grow the park's existing customer base by expanding its facilities and maintaining its reputation for delivering excellent customer service.

Jake said: "We're very excited to now own Grange Park. We're going to be developing the site and we look forward to a long, successful future here."

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John and Georgina have successfully owned and managed other large-scale leisure businesses, including Merry Hill Country Park in Norwich, Croft Bank Holiday Park in Skegness and Kirkstead Bridge Holiday and Residential Park in Lincolnshire.

Paul Armstrong, HSBC UK's area director for business banking in Lincolnshire, said: "Not only do John and his family have the necessary experience, the high demand for sports and leisure facilities in Lincolnshire provides an exceptional platform from which to grow the business. I wish them all the best for the future."

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