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Village store reveals big expansion plans

By Andy Laming 19th July 2017

Village store reveals big expansion plans
EXPANSION: In Tywardreath

WHILE many small businesses up and down the country are being forced to close their doors, one village shop has announced they will treble their size.

Tywardreath Village Shop announced their plans to buy the house next door earlier in July on their Facebook page.

"The sale is agreed, as soon as we have the keys the shop-fitting work will get underway," the announcement said.

"We urgently need wall to wall chillers and more shelving to increase our ranges of chilled and frozen products, fresh local produce and gifts."

It's hoped that the extension, featuring a shared office space, commercial kitchen and community cafe, will be open later in the summer.

"We want to expand our convenience store," said Trudy Thompson, who is co-owner and director of the village shop alongside Josh Taylor and Tom Larkin.

The trio took over the business nine months ago, and have already seen massive profits and are ready to expand the business.

"The village wants somewhere to have teas and coffees and we are providing it," Trudy told the Voice.

"We are helping small businesses locally by letting them use the space to improve their business.

"The cafe is as much for the community as it is for the businesses to enjoy it.

But while other small businesses are facing turbulent times, Trudy said it is down to the team's energy and fresh thinking, as well as the community getting behind the business that they are able to expand.

"Our business is a collaboration with the community, they supply the shop and they're our customers," she explained.

"It is how involved the community are, we are known for our creative attitude."
Josh and Trudy are both business coaches as well, working with companies from the FTSE 100 stock market.

They invite businesspeople to their farm in Tywardreath for the coaching, earning that money and giving it back to their community.

By Andy Laming 19th July 2017

Tom Larkin 22nd October 2018 10:08
Hi there

I am Tom Larkin, mentioned in the article as a co-director. I wish to make it clear that I am not a co-director of Hunter Grange Investments and never have been.

In fact, whilst I am proud of my achievements as manager of the shop, I am embarrassed to have ever been associated with Trudy Thompson and Josh Taylor. Their dishonesty and the way they conduct business is truly disgraceful, and I speak as a former employee (who is owed thousands of pounds for unpaid work) and an investor in their business (who´s loan is overdue, with no explanation or communication).

Needless to say, the expansion mentioned in the article never happened, and having been strung along for months, the vendors have put the property back on the market. Two other property vendors in Tywardreath alone have similar stories to tell.

Also, where it says ´their farm´... they never actually owned the farm in question, they rented it whilst repeatedly telling the owners over a 4 year period that they were buying it imminently - that property is also back on the market. And virtually no business people visited it for coaching, as mentioned in the article. The coaching business that was meant to underpin the whole venture was almost non-existent.
Gareth Evans 20th May 2019 11:42
just a quick update to say that the police are now investigating and Trudy and josh haven’t been sighted for quite some time .

if you see them why not ring 101 and report it
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