In early 2013 Tanya Preston, a life long Holme Wood resident, realised that her kitchen and coffee jar were providing a service to her friends and family that could be the basis of a new business; Coffee Cox, your local coffee shop was born! Tanya and her husband Andy set about planning their dream coffee shop and created the Holme Wood Coffee Shop Face book page which got 600 fans in one week! They dreamt of a funky, friendly coffee shop selling paninis and cakes and outstanding coffee.
Tanya contacted Bradford Kickstart via their free phone line and was put in touch with Enterprise Coach, Celia Hickson. Tanya impressed Celia with her enthusiasm and drive and together they started to work on a business plan and to look for premises. After several near misses Tanya found a great place for her shop at 435 – 437 Tong St., but it needed a lot of work and Celia suggested a loan from the Start Up Loan fund was one way for Tanya to get the money she needed to get her business off the ground. Tanya’s application was successful and Tanya then set about getting everything together for her ‘great place to meet and eat’.
Tanya and Andy opened Coffee Cox on 27th August. They have created a wonderful, relaxing and funky coffee shop with a great menu which reflects Tanya’s passion for good, home cooked, and nutritious food. The shop has already started to develop a loyal customer base. Tanya and Andy are listening to their clients and have started to develop the Big Bad Breakfast Baguette for their early morning customers!
Tanya said “Back in April when all this was just a plan on a bit of paper, before we met Celia I did wonder if we would ever make it really happen. And here I am now in my own coffee shop, serving customers, and making people happy. It’s been hard work and I’ve learnt so much, about business, about myself and about being able to shape my dreams. I love it!”
Andy said “We knew what we wanted, but weren’t sure how to get here and Celia and Bradford Kickstart helped us all the way. It has been such a journey.”
Tanya Preston and Andy Cox
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