Andy Clare and Wendy Brown at Andy’s Spray Station workshop.
A trio of newly launched creative businesses have taken residence at Coventry's Fargo Village.
Spray Station, Choc “n” Roll and The Green Unicorn are the three newest start-ups to move into premises at the creative village, following free advice from Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
Choc “n” Roll, owned by former Stratford-upon-Avon lecturer Tony Davies, specialises in producing hand-made chocolates and macaroons – and has recently started holding workshops to teach his art.
After 15 years of working with chocolate, including a period at the Swedish Houses of Parliament, he decided to set up his own business and has plans to bring a fine desserts club to Fargo soon.
Spray Station brings a new form of art to the village, with owner Andy Clare specialising in Aerosolgrafia – one of the fastest growing art movements on social media, after originating in Mexico in the 1980s.
Andy started demonstrating his talents on the Coventry city centre streets and sold enough of his paintings to start up his own studio at Fargo. The artist is also holding personal tuition and group workshops to train people in the aspects of spray paint and street art.
Nikki Chetwynd’s The Green Unicorn is a brand new shop that will cater for the needs of the city’s growing Vegan community.
The store will provide food, groceries, snacks, chilled and frozen foods for vegans – and will also sell vegan themed handcrafted gifts.
All three start-ups received free advice from Chamber business advisor Wendy Brown and Nikki also took advantage of free courses in starting a business.
Wendy said: “Fargo Village is a fantastic space and perfect for these new business – with whom it has been a pleasure to work with over the past few months.
“Each of the three have taken the plunge to go out of their comfort zone and start their own business, they have done brilliantly so far and I wish them the best of luck in the future.”
The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, in partnership with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the District and Borough Councils.
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