Coast Bathrooms and Kitchens
Coast Bathrooms and Kitchens is a high quality design studio run in partnership by Jan Miles and Melanie Edwards.
The idea for the business was originally raised in January 2015 when discussions began between the partners to combine their 40 years of industry experience to target a gap in the local market to provide up-market kitchen and bathroom design services.
Since opening the business they have gone from strength to strength, exceeding their predicted turnover and profit figures and recently employing a new Welsh designer with plans to take on two additional part-time staff. They have also recently secured an agreement with the top global bathroom brand, Pelipal, to use their exclusive ranges as part of their overall design services.
How has Business Wales helped Coast Bathrooms and Kitchens?
After the initial discussions, Jan and Melanie began working with Business Wales in April 2015 and completed a series of workshops and gained one-to-one advice with a dedicated business advisor. Both partners decided to leave their jobs in the summer and picked up the keys to their high street premises on August 1st. It took two months to completely redecorate the studio in time for their opening on October 9th.
“After the first week or two we realised we were onto a good thing. People thought we were daft but it’s the best thing we could have done, it’s been tremendous. The impact of the shop window, the strong community vibe and feedback from people about how we’re brightening up the high street has been amazing. We’ve found that people aren’t afraid to spend on high quality goods and design.”
“They were marvellous and easy to understand, keeping things simple and taking us through issues step by step. We couldn’t have written the business plan without this support – we knew the answers but struggled to translate our thoughts into a cohesive plan. I would definitely recommend the experience to others thinking about setting up their own business”
The proudest moment in business
“Our proudest moment was definitely the launch weekend, the amount of compliments we had from customers about the quality of workmanship in our products and the appearance of our showroom was overwhelming.”
Top Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
- Know the business you are about to enter extensively
- Plan your budget carefully and, more importantly, stick to it!
- Have conviction, energy and commitment to achieve your dream. Focus on your goal.
- Set objectives that you hope to achieve within your first year, second year etc.
- Get as much business advice as possible from all organisations that are prepared to help