In May 2008 Sarah & Angela Ruttle decided to take on the lease of a farm building to let shop units to create a new visitors centre comprising of a full time farmers market with fresh local produce, a craft and gift centre, licensed tea room, leading Art Gallery and high quality Butchers selling exotic meats such as water buffalo, venison & game (when available).
Between them they had a good mix of varied work experiences & education which would help them in taking up the challenge of setting up their own business. They opened the doors in April 2010 and the centre has gone from strength to strength.
Below you can see the ongoing building works, which were occasionally fraught with various building issues but finally it was completed and developed it into what it is today….A day out with a difference, full of individual shops and businesses all offering great value and individuality with friendly customer service.Sarah & Angela said “Our first few years have been a whirlwind! There have been so many ups and downs & many obstacles to get through, as there is with any business, but we are so pleased that the centre has become so successful so soon. We are so proud of all of the shops within the centre as there has been so much passion put into every single one of them by their owners. We will continue to promote the centre in every way we can & hope our customers, old & new, will enjoy their visit every time”.
Sarah & Angela were elated to be chosen as finalists for the 2012 BIBAS (Be Inspired Business Awards) as Business Woman of the Year and Most Inspiring Business. They were especially pleased as they were up against many very large, long established organisations and their company was only 2 years old…what an accolade!
In November 2015 they were also nominated for the Lancashire Tourism 'Retail Experience' Award. They were up against some great and long established shopping centres across Lancashire, so to be voted into the final 5 was a huge achievement!