A Start Up Loan helped Alastair Watson create a star attraction
Alastair opened his Edinburgh tourist attraction, Can You Escape, with the help of a £6,500 Start Up Loan. Prior to starting his business Alastair worked in the construction industry. He has always wanted to be his own boss and saw the escape industry taking off in Europe so he decided to open Can You Escape.
Can You Escape is a live room escape experience for 2-6 people in Edinburgh. Since opening in December 2014, the attraction has proved very popular and business has grown month on month. Alastair employs ten members of staff who work on a part-time basis. In April 2015 the attraction was awarded Scotland’s ‘Best Family Day Out’ at the Entertainment and Hospitality Awards in Glasgow.
Following the success of his business, Alastair is building partnerships with other businesses in Edinburgh including the Edinburgh Dungeons, Edinburgh Training and Conference Centre and Holyrood 9A. Looking ahead, he will be developing a mobile escape game and he is also looking to open another Can You Escape attraction in a second UK city in 2016.