New store brings bright new outlook at Stalybridge shop

A STALYBRIDGE shop admits its new layout and increased space has brought more business to the town.And it may bring awards as Florence and Amelia’s has been shortlisted in two categories at the North West Business Awards.

The Corporation Street business opened its doors to its revamped premises on its fifth birthday on Saturday, October 5.

And the inclusion of a new coffee shop and wine bar has proved very welcome as people are often seen looking out on to Armentieres Square.

Now it has been shortlisted in the categories of Business of the Year Under 10 Employees and Best Customer Service Award.

Florence and Amelia’s owner Nicola Buckley threw open the doors after a move around the corner to Trinity Street.

She said: “It’s going really well. We’ve been run off our feet.

“The feedback from customers has consistently been, ‘Just what Stalybridge needed.’“We planned for ages and unfortunately the build took longer than anticipated but our aim is to be a destination for the community.”

Nicola’s journey with Florence and Amelia’s has seen her rise from setting up to winning a national award in just five years.

Selling gifts, handmade and vintage household items and furniture, as well as candles, fragrances, jewellery, Fusion Mineral Paint and cards, the store has become a big part of Stalybridge’s business community.

And earlier this year, she scooped the Sole to Sole Award for being best sole trader in the UK at The Small Awards, which recognise operators around the country.

Nicola added: “We’re really lucky that our customers were so understanding. It was challenging trying to keep stock levels in a much smaller shop.”

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