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February 2012

Staycation boom attracts new investor to oyster 

Oyster Eco Build Ltd (“Oyster”), the UK based designer and manufacturer of permanent, premium, and sustainable holiday accommodation, is pleased to announce the appointment of new investor Martin Beard to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.

The appointment represents an exciting phase in the company’s development with the investment allowing Oyster to build its commercial network and open new routes to market at a time when demand for quality accommodation in the tourism sector continues to grow.

Oyster has developed a unique style of holiday accommodation aimed at Owners and Operators who are seeking a complete turnkey solution to their expansion needs.

With tourism one of the fastest growing sectors for the UK economy, the shift towards ‘staycations’ for UK residents continues and demand for quality accommodation in the tourism sector remains strong.

The GB Tourism Survey 2011 shows that England saw a 9% increase year on year on the number of domestic overnight trips with figures reaching 9 million* and latest Scottish Government figures show Scotland saw an 8% rise in the number of visitors in the first nine months of 2011, with a 10% increase in domestic visitors compared to the same period in 2010**.

The Oyster philosophy offers a new way of approaching the market, delivering permanent, fast build accommodation which exceeds all environmental standards without compromising on a luxurious finish. Oyster is a unique solution for landowners, hoteliers and operators who are aiming to meet the rising consumer demand for “eco-friendly” holiday accommodation.

Martin Beard is an investor with particular interest in the rural economy. Following 20 years of board level roles in telecoms, energy and business services, he now focuses on supporting entrepreneurs to start up and develop their products for market.

The founder and Managing Director of Oyster, Neil McArthur, welcomed Martin to the company and the Board; “Martin and I have been talking for some time as we share a similar belief in the need to create a low impact, sustainable product to meet the increasing demand in the ‘staycation’ market. Martin’s involvement comes at a time when we are building the team in response to the growing interest in our cottages.”

Martin Beard added “Oyster is a company with a great opportunity to shake up the market. Its products are visually stunning and technically excellent, and this is coupled to a really interesting and forward thinking view on the way that holiday accommodation should be provided. I believe strongly in the need to provide alternative sources of income for the rural economy, and tourism remains one of the most likely options; Oyster represents an excellent, low impact solution to providing holiday accommodation for land owner and hotelier alike”.

* GB Tourism Survey 2011
** http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/12114444

February 2012
Staycation boom gives Oyster head start

Oyster Eco Build Ltd (“Oyster”), the UK designer and manufacturer of permanent, premium, and sustainable holiday accommodation has started 2012 with a bang, having attracted new investment, doubled the size of its team and moved to new headquarters in Stirling, Scotland to provide the base for its ambitious growth plans.

With the boom in the staycation market, demand for quality accommodation in the tourism sector continues and as a result Oyster has seen a significant increase in enquiries for their unique style of holiday accommodation from owners and operators looking for a complete turnkey solution to their expansion needs.

Commenting on their recent expansion, founder and Managing Director of Oyster, Neil McArthur said,   “Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors for the UK economy and the need to create a low impact, sustainable product to meet the rising demand in the ‘staycation’ market has never been greater.  The GB Tourism Survey 2011 shows that England saw a 9% increase year on year on the number of domestic overnight trips with figures reaching 9 million* and latest Scottish Government figures show Scotland saw an 8% rise in the number of visitors in the first nine months of 2011, with a 10% increase in domestic visitors compared to the same period in 2010**.

We have grown the team in response to the rising interest in our buildings to ensure that we are well placed to capitalise on opportunities as they arise, and the move to a central base in Stirling, Scotland means that we are well positioned to service both our rural and hotel customers across the country alike.”

Neil also welcomed new investor Martin Beard to the company; “We share a similar belief in the need to create a low impact, sustainable product to meet the increasing demand in the ‘staycation’ market.”

The Oyster philosophy offers a new way of approaching the market, delivering permanent, fast build accommodation which exceeds all environmental standards without compromising on a luxurious finish.   Oyster is a unique solution for landowners, hoteliers and operators who are aiming to meet the rising consumer demand for “eco-friendly” holiday accommodation.  Oyster products are visually stunning and technically excellent, and are delivered using a tailored concept to completion service.

ENDS

* GB Tourism Survey 2011
* http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/12114444