Husband and wife team set up new consortium

Mike and Sharon Garland at the new consortium

Mike and Sharon Garland at the new consortium

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A SHOREHAM Beach couple have turned an empty shop into a consortium, offering a range of goods under one roof.

The idea is to provide an eclectic mix of goods, along with a gallery space for local artists.

Husband and wife team Mike and Sharon Garland, of Old Fort Road, have renovated the premises and already have eight interested businesses.

Mrs Garland said: “We have an absolute variety and I want to speak to more people who make their own products.

“We want the place to be really quite eclectic but still with a common thread running through the whole shop.”

The mother-of-two, whose background is in training and development, said they embarked on the venture as a result of her stall at Shoreham Emporium, which sells French enamel products.

The consortium is in West Street, Storrington, in what was an empty shop that had previously been a florist and greengrocers.

It will offer a range of products, from furniture restoration, pre-loved textiles and homeware, to homemade organic ice cream and a dress agency.

“I think there is a need for that everywhere,” added Mrs Garland.

“When we started looking for a location, we could not believe how expensive rent and rates were. We bought the shop as we worked out that it would be cheaper over a period of years, so the people coming in will not have any risk.

“I hope that we will start something off by doing this and am surprised there are not more places like this, as it is wonderful to be offered a small space with reasonable rent to get your business going.”