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Coul Links Hotel developer launches 'Coul Collective' and calls for local businesses to become involved

By Ali Morrison

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The developer behind the planned £20 million Coul Links Hotel is building up a preferred supplier list.

Edward Abel Smith has launched the Coul Collective and is hoping local business people and trades will put their names forward to become part of it.

Coul Links Hotel would be build on farmland overlooking Coul Links.
Coul Links Hotel would be build on farmland overlooking Coul Links.

Mr Abel Smith, owner of Coul Links, announced in January his plan to build lodge style accommodation on his land to service the Coul Links golf course – should it get the go-ahead.

An original plan for a championship golf course at Coul Links was thrown out by Scottish ministers in February 2020 despite being backed by Highland Council.

Now community group Communities For Coul (C4C) has resurrected the project and Mr Abel Smith is working in tandem with the organisation.

The launch of the Coul Collective earlier this month was run by the Highland Business Partnership, a new initiative that provides businesses with a platform to establish new connections and support each other.

Mr Abel Smith said he aimed to build up a preferred supplier list for the proposed Coul Links Hotel, which would be sited on farm land overlooking Coul Links and would comprise a number of traditional and locally designed luxury eco-lodges

“The core of the hotel is to provide an authentic Highland experience,” he said.

“Coul Links Hotel’s ambition is to not only be a place for golfers to sleep, but a destination in itself.

He continued: “We are looking to partner with as many businesses within the vicinity as possible, not only to supply goods, but also to enhance the stay of guests.

“You might be able to provide services for the hotel, materials for the project or experiences for the guests.

“We are open to hearing from as many businesses as possible with ideas of how we might be able to form a partnership.”

Anyone who would like to find out more should contact eabelsmith@coulenterprises.com

Mr Abel Smith has previously said that the development was nearing the planning application stage and, should it come to fruition, would create more than 40 new jobs.

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