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The Phoenix Works
500 King Street
Laying the foundations of a business in renovated pottery factory
The Glost House provides a great venue for families and business meetings alike, and has received very favourable customer feedback via social media Martin Russell, Enterprise Coach, Burslem Enterprise Centre
The Glost House was opened by Ann and Martin King in April 2016 and was born out of Ann’s life-long love of food.
The high end interior design of the cafe bar acknowledges the historic location within the potteries, whilst the homemade traditional food offers an alternative to the nearby plethora of fast food outlets and takeaways.
With support from Burslem Enterprise Centre Ann and Martin were able to access additional finance to get the business off the ground. This was the biggest challenge facing Ann and Martin. They needed enough capital to get the business up and running so together with Enterprise Coach, Martin Russell, they developed a business plan and set of sound financial forecasts which were used to successfully apply for a £15,000 Virgin StartUp Loan. Together with their personal investment of £40,000 Ann and Martin had enough to launch their business.
The couple sought to create a unique cafe bar. By renovating the former pottery factory, Phoenix Works, they wanted to establish a venue that celebrated the industrial surroundings but included modern and comfortable touches. The Start & Grow programme enabled them to overcome the high start up costs they faced by accessing a loan to supplement their own investment.
Since opening the cafe bar has received glowing reviews from customers via social media, praising both the food and the ambiance. The couple have successfully established, within a short space of time, an exciting new venue which one customer has described as ‘a little gem in the heart of Longton’.
Under the Start & Grow programme Ann and Martin have received 12 hours of support and focused training days to get their business up and running. They have created 2 jobs and invested personal funds of £40,000 and leveraged additional funding of £15,000.