Rhubarb & Mustard café, set up by business partners Charlotte Portlock and Amy Pittam, join furniture shop Shelle’s Chic, at Chilvers Coton Craft Centre.
Both of the businesses received free mentoring and business advice from Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to help them launch their ventures.
Shelle’s Chic, set-up by Michelle Perry, started life as an online business and specialises in taking old furniture and giving it a new contemporary look.
Michelle believes that a lot of modern furniture is expensive and lacks personality, so in 2015, after being made redundant, she decided to set up the new business.
The shop sells Michelle’s own carefully sourced furniture, takes customer commissions and has branched out into home accessories in the build up to Christmas.
Michelle said: “It’s been almost three months since I opened my shop and it’s going brilliantly.
“The Chamber of Commerce have been incredibly helpful in offering free help and support to start-ups such as mine. It’s reassuring to know there is someone there to speak to about anything from marketing to finance.”
Rhubarb and Mustard café, now provides craft centre with a new local café. Both Charlotte and Amy already have shops in the centre, with Amy running As You Were, a vintage and handmade gift shop, and Charlotte owns a photographic business.
The duo have rebranded and refurbished the centre’s old local café and they agree it has been an exciting journey but a lot of hard work.
Charlotte said: “We’re thrilled with what we’ve achieved and we’re excited about our future plans.
“We’ve had great support from our family and friends, and the on-going support provided by the Chamber of Commerce’s start-up programme means we have the opportunity to meet our mentor and discuss any concerns or plans for the future.”
Wendy Brown, business advisor at the Chamber, said: “I’m delighted that Shelle’s Chic and Rhubarb & Mustard café are now open and wish both businesses the best of luck as they continue on their journey.
“We work hard to help start-up businesses to find their feet and it is really rewarding when it all pays off and makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
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