A NEW shop is set to open focussing on fine locally sourced foods and crafts.
The Made In Lancashire collective of 16 different food and craft producers from across the county are set to open the store in Wood Street, St Annes, on Friday.
The shop’s opening will create three part-time jobs and Ella Trickett, from Made In Lancashire, says the collective had the approaching festive season very much in mind when deciding an opening date.
She added: “We definitely wanted to get in before Christmas to see if we could get any business. The shop provides a great opportunity for people to stock up on locally sourced Christmas presents which are not widely available and unique.
“Plus, they’ll be supporting small-scale producers locally and the local economy.
“I was down at the shop on Monday and we had people knocking on the door. A lot of them were interested, so they said they would try and come back when it’s open.
“It’s scary because it’s the first proper shop we’ve opened, but it’s very exciting.
“Many of the businesses we work with are not in a position to open retail outlets themselves but collectively it has been possible.”
The Made In Lancashire brand, owned by Myerscough College at Bilsborrow, near Garstang, teamed up with Blackpool-based company Social Enterprise Solutions to successfully secure start-up funding from Fylde Council’s local strategic partnership.
The Made in Lancashire network currently supports food and drink businesses which grow, rear, bake, smoke, pickle or process their produce from across the red rose county.
Tony Carr, managing director at Social Enterprise Solutions, said: “We have helped dozens of social enterprises to start up on the Fylde coast but it is the first time we have partnered an organisation in this way.
“It is a great tribute to the Local Strategic Partnership they were willing to support the bid and give local food and craft producers the chance to get a retail store established.”
After its grand opening, which takes place on Friday at noon, the shop’s opening hours will be 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.