A warm welcome…

A number of entrepreneurial women have started their own businesses in Brixham helping to regenerate the town.

Sophie Bower from café Millie and Me, Serena Jury from Latitude Clothing and Amanda Powell from Pets be Friends have all started businesses over the past year.

Apart from their motivation and determination, the other thing they have in common is the help and support they have received from Outset Torbay and their membership of Brixham Chamber of Commerce

Sophie Bower – Millie and Me Café

It had been a long-standing dream of Sophie Bower to own her own events planning and catering business but fear of all things financial prevented her from pursuing her ambition. Sophie also wanted to work in partnership with her daughter, Millie. Sophie said: “Millie is an exceptional baker but doesn’t realise her own potential. I wanted to inspire her by being brave and reaching for something I really wanted. I hoped that by contributing and sharing that achievement, Millie would also grow in confidence and self-belief. We literally would not be where we are now without the support of Outset Torbay. The encouragement and advice, particularly around finances, was perfectly aimed at our level.”

The café now open on Fore Street offers a range of home-made cakes, paninis and other treats and Sophie also offers an outside catering and events planning service.

Amanda Powell – Pets Be Friends

Although Amanda had always wanted to own her own business and had ideas for products, she didn’t know how to turn her ideas into a profitable enterprise. Feeling daunted by the prospect of starting up on her own, she got in touch with Outset Torbay which provided free workshops and support in her home town of Brixham.
“Owning my own pet shop has been a dream for a very long time. Now that I have the shop I will be increasing product lines and ranges, as well as services I can offer such as a prescription dispensary for some medications. I’m now stocking pets and employing staff and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

Serena Jury – Latitude Clothing

SERENA’S clothing store on Middle Street has just celebrated its first anniversary of successful trading, selling high quality leisurewear with a nautical twist including brands such as Lazy Jacks.
She said: “I was looking for a new and exciting challenge, working for myself and reaping the benefits. Brixham is my home town, so I wanted to invest here, plus I believe Brixham is an up and coming area. I realised that there was a gap in the market. It is important and essential to give a high level of service which results in satisfied and loyal purchasers.”

All three have attended Outset Torbay’s free business courses to help them gain the skills vital to achieve and succeed in business. Outset Torbay is a not-for-profit company funded by Torbay Development Agency and ERDF, offering free business skills workshops to Torbay residents, to enable them to achieve their dreams of self-employment and business ownership. Its programme director, Helen Harman, said: “We have helped over 160 businesses start up in Torbay over the past two years and are proud of every single one of them. It is particularly satisfying to see so many shops helping to regenerate the centre of Brixham.

“Women are nationally under-represented as business-owners, and one of Outset’s key aims is to help reverse that trend on a local level.”

Denise McDowell of Brixham Chamber said “We are delighted to see these new businesses in Brixham and wish them every success. As ever, the Chamber is here to support them however we can and to help maintain the environment in which they can grow and prosper.”

Leave a Comment