Former Lancashire policeman Stuart Bromley is full of beans after seeing the latest stage of his growing enterprise open for business.
Preston-born Stuart runs artisan coffee roasting house ManCoCo,
And thanks to business advice and support from Preston-based accountants WNJ, he and his business partner Darren Dawson have opened a coffee shop on the site.
WNJ partner Richard Howarth advised ManCoCo on bank funding and asset financing for the new venture.
Stuart’s business, based under railway arches just off Deansgate Locks in Manchester, started off as a hobby. #
Now every day he literally wakes up and smells the coffee!
Stuart, who walked the beat in his home city as a PC, set up the roasting house two and a half years ago after leaving the force.
He supplies his independent, ethically sourced coffee to restaurants, including two Michelin star chef Simon Rogan’s acclaimed establishment in Manchester’s Midland Hotel.
He also successfully trades at several markets in the region and now customers to the new coffee shop can sample the delights of his work first-hand.
Stuart, 47, said: “It all started as a hobby, it was something of a passion of mine. When I was on my travels I would always buy coffee beans, bring them home and roast them myself. It all developed from that.
“There were very few roasting businesses when we started and certainly nothing like us in Manchester, though a few more have set up now.”
Stuart has plans to grow his business even more in the future – possibly through a mobile outlet.
Richard Howarth, partner at WNJ, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to help Stuart.”