Armadilla reaches £2m turnover thanks to health guru Jason Vale
English TV health guru Jason Vale is one of the new clients who have helped to drive Midlothian glamping pod company Armadilla to reach a turnover of £2 million.
Mr Vale has ordered pods from the company to be housed at one of his resorts in Portugal.
Other Armadilla clients include Riverbeds, near Glencoe, Luxury Hideaways near Crieff and several international hotel chains in the Middle East and Australia.
Such clients have helped the company’s annual revenue rise from £550,000 in the last two years.
The luxurious pods have high insulation and heat pump technology which means they are energy efficient and can run off a 13amp plug. A 7in touch-screen allows guests to control lighting, heating, music and blinds.
The company has also received help, support and advice from Business Gateway Midlothian.
Ross Hunter, co-founder, said: “Over the years we’ve noticed a shift in the market to short experiential breaks which is why we’ve decided to concentrate on both the luxury and technological features of the pods.
“We’ve managed to create an innovative niche product in a market which is fast-growing, thanks to the highly skilled team we have on board, who all live locally, including designers, architectural technologists and electronic and electrical engineers.
“We are very grateful to organisations like Business Gateway Midlothian who have helped us to find our niche and upsize the business in areas including growth planning and research - it’s just great knowing that support is there whenever you need it.”
Ann Marie Macaskill, head of Business Gateway Midlothian, added: “Armadilla are a fantastic home-grown business right here in Midlothian. Their development and growth have capitalised on putting innovation and sustainability at the heart of what they do and their reach extends from Fort William to California.
“It has been fantastic working with Ross and Archie and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.”