Spa ‘a flagship for Scarboro’

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls at the Federation of Small Businesses annual conference, at the Spa.  121270g
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls at the Federation of Small Businesses annual conference, at the Spa. 121270g

THE revamped Scarborough Spa Complex is proving a magnet for conferences and top shows, a top councillor has said.

Cllr David Jeffels, the council’s tourism portfolio holder, said the £6 million refurbishment of the venue was money well spent.

Last week’s Federation of Small Businesses conference, the first since its reopening last May, saw a series of high-profile guests, including shadow chancellor Ed Balls, speak to delegates.

He said: “The major investment in the Spa is already benefiting Scarborough’s economy.

“A number of conferences have been booked over the next two to three years and the success of last week’s conference proved the value of the investment by the council, Yorkshire Forward and Welcome to Yorkshire in upgrading the Spa Complex as a whole. It is an iconic building which independent consultants labelled a ‘flagship for Scarborough’ with the effective market of conferences and top line shows being carried out by the council tourism department.

“Its role in aiding the borough’s economy through the increased occupancy of hotels and restaurants, as well as business for our shops, also has the potential to increase employment.”