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.’