BUSI­NESS BRAINS

Cornwall Life - - MAKING THE MOVE -

beau­ti­ful scenery and con­stantly chang­ing skies. The nat­u­ral drama and the sense of space is up­lift­ing,” says Brigid.

In­evitably they miss liv­ing close by to fam­ily and old friends, but they have also carved out a new life for them­selves on the coast: “Luck­ily for us, Portreath is a lively vil­lage with a strong com­mu­nity and we have met lots of lovely peo­ple here. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the warm wel­come we have re­ceived from the lo­cals and thanks to them we feel very much at home,” says Brigid.

Ear­lier in the year the vil­lage was hit by Storm Eleanor. “Two waves caught up with each other – and it was a par­tic­u­larly high tide – and they chan­nelled up the slip road on to the beach and just wiped out this old wall. There was a bit of ten­sion and they talked about evac­u­at­ing peo­ple, but luck­ily it was fine and there wasn’t any more dam­age,” says Brigid. “Luck­ily it didn’t hap­pen dur­ing the day time, oth­er­wise there could have been some­body by the wall and it could have been re­ally aw­ful.”

As they put their heads to­gether to work out a plan, the idea for three sep­a­rate busi­nesses be­gan to emerge: A bike shop, café and beach shop. As such, Brigid told me: “The process of build­ing the house ac­tu­ally seemed less stress­ful than the run up to open­ing The Hub! I think the dif­fer­ence was that when we were build­ing it was just one thing to fo­cus on, whereas with the shop, we were re­fur­bish­ing, mov­ing house and ef­fec­tively set­ting up three dif­fer­ent busi­nesses all at the same time.”

One way they com­bat po­ten­tial stress is to have clearly de­fined roles within the busi­nesses.

“Tim’s role is to over­see the whole busi­ness in­clud­ing mar­ket­ing and he is par­tic­u­larly hands on with the bike side of things. I tend to do most of the buy­ing for the shop and café and get in­volved in food prep and menu plan­ning when needed,” says Brigid.

They opened The Hub at the be­gin­ning of April, in or­der to give them­selves time to smooth out pro­cesses be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days. “It’s been pretty full on ever since and a new ex­pe­ri­ence for us, but we have a great team of peo­ple sup­port­ing us, led be Niki Cook­sey on the café side and Fer­gus Steven­son on bikes,” says Brigid.

One of the cur­rent fo­cuses at The Hub is help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment wher­ever pos­si­ble. They source sus­tain­able pack­ag­ing – in­clud­ing straws made from crushed up seashells – and they have even launched a beach clean scheme. “We have these boxes for peo­ple to take out and col­lect rub­bish from the beach or around the vil­lage and bring it back they get a free cof­fee or hot choco­late. It’s re­ally pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies in par­tic­u­lar,” says Brigid.

‘In Lon­don, the cul­ture is that ev­ery­one has to rush around and look busy. Here, if it’s a lovely day, no one would think badly of you for tak­ing time out to en­joy it if you can.’

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