Crosby really is the busi­ness

Lancashire Life - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS: Mairead Ma­hon Š PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: John Cocks

This pretty coastal town has an ir­re­sistible pulling power for peo­ple want­ing to set up their own busi­ness

and that’s good news for lo­cals and vis­i­tors

Crosby was de­clared one of the UK’S best places to live in a sur­vey by The Sun­day Times and that cer­tainly strikes a chord with the peo­ple who have de­cided to set up their homes and busi­nesses in this lovely coastal town.

One of them is florist, Claire Smith­wick. She chose it over an of­fer from The Queen’s house­hold. ‘I was of­fered the post of su­per­vi­sory florist at Buckingham Palace,’ says Claire, who runs the Your Flower Com­pany. ‘The Queen takes her own florists with her when she moves be­tween res­i­dences, so it was very tempt­ing. But I wanted to start a fam­ily and, to me, the best place to do that was my home town. Be­sides, it’s a good place to start a busi­ness.’

Claire, who had pre­vi­ously worked as a se­nior florist for The

Dorch­ester Ho­tel, adds: ‘I like my flow­ers to be a lit­tle un­usual. I do everything from hand ty­ing small bou­quets to cre­at­ing huge flower walls for commercial premises and wed­dings. The only down­side is that lad­ders and scaf­fold­ing are in­volved and, as I’m only 5ft tall, I’ve had to train my­self not to look down.’

Flow­ers and plants are said to have a calm­ing ef­fect but, as some of Allison Devine’s clients would be in­clined to eat them, she has had to de­clare her busi­ness a plant-free zone. Bella and Buster’s is a dog groom­ing salon and clients travel many miles to en­joy her pro­ce­dures from baths and blow dries to brush outs and fra­grance spritzes!

‘Al­most all dogs love a spot of pam­per­ing but they do have to get used to it and that’s why I be­gan my Play and Learn Puppy ses­sions. We play with them and gen­tly in­tro­duce them to the groom­ing process. It usu­ally takes three ses­sions to ac­cus­tom them but al­ways just the one ses­sion for me to fall in love,’ says Allison who ad­vises that own­ers don’t stay dur­ing Play and Learn but who al­ways sends anx­ious own­ers a pho­to­graph of their puppy hav­ing fun.

Allison had spent most of her work­ing life in retail man­age­ment but de­cided to gain the highest pos­si­ble qual­i­fi­ca­tions in dog groom­ing and an­i­mal first aid be­fore fol­low­ing her heart and mak­ing a ca­reer change and she’s not the only Crosby busi­ness person to do that.

For 13 years, Pat Moore was a pri­mary school teacher but dur­ing all that time, he har­boured a dream of open­ing the area’s first mi­cropub. He took the leap in Oc­to­ber 2013 and just two years later his mi­cropub, The Liver­pool Pi­geon, had scooped the Liver­pool and Dis­trict CAMRA Pub of the Year.

‘Crosby was the per­fect place. It’s lively and there’s a great com­mu­nity spirit,’ he said.

‘We keep a good se­lec­tion of ales with tast­ing notes for those who want to know more but the one ques­tion we’re al­ways asked isn’t about the beers at all: it’s why the pub is called The Liver­pool Pi­geon and no, it’s noth­ing to do with The Liver Birds. The Liver­pool Pi­geon was a real pi­geon, in the col­lec­tion of the Earl of Derby. It’s in the

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