A SHALDON guest house is bucking the economic trend as it has been enjoying a 95 per cent occupancy rate since last autumn.
Linda and Robert Down, owner/managers of the Potters Mooring purchased Potters Mooring Guest House Hotel in 2006.
Linda who worked for the previous proprietor, fell in love with the property and the lifestyle of running a bed and breakfast.
It was initially a dream come true until the recession and credit crunch hit and, combined with numerous wet summers, they were faced with a downturn of paying guests.
Since then, the husband and wife team have put much of their current success down to crucial advice and support from Barclays which put the couple in touch with a hotel and tourism expert.
"People shouldn't be terrified of banks," Linda said. "I speak to Barclays all the time. We're very personable people so for us, keeping lines of communication open is the key. They have played a major part in getting our hotel through the highs and lows that come with operating in the tourism sector."
Tracey Seldon, Barclays business manager concluded: "Our role is to be a trusted financial partner for business in all industries and sectors. It's important that we work closely with our customers and support their business growth and aspirations.
"Running your own business is hard work and that is exactly what Linda and Robert have undertaken and they are now reaping well earned success."
The guest house employs three part-time staff, and is proud to source all of its produce such as sausages, eggs, fish, milk and bread from the village and surrounding area to the benefit of the local economy. It has been awarded a 4 AA star status.