A trainee mechanic who struggled to find a job after finishing college has gone into business himself and opened a furniture shop.
Joe Kerr-Morgan, 19, welcomed the first customers to A Little Something in the former Crafty Patch in South Street, Bourne, on Monday (October 19).
Joe is trained in motorcycle repair but after finishing his course at New College Stamford he found that there were few opportunities in his chosen field.
After an uninspiring few months working for McDonald’s he decided to take matters into his own hands.
“I didn’t really like working for someone,” he said. “My mum used to have her own shop and suggested I do the same.”
Joe has no business background and admits he is learning day-to-day. But feedback so far has been positive.
“It’s going well so far,” he said. “We had about 40 people on opening day, which is pretty good. One lady said I was the talk of Bourne.”
Joe, a former Deepings School pupil who lives in Bourne, believes there is a problem with a lack of opportunities for college graduates such as himself. He said: “You go and study what you want to do, but there aren’t that many jobs going because everyone wants to do the same thing.”
A Little Something is open 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
○ Bourne residents will soon have somewhere new to eat when a Subway opens in the Burghley Centre.
The shop will serve its first sandwiches on Wednesday. Franchise manager Costa Georgiou said: “I’m very excited to be opening the brand new Subway store in Bourne. It is ideally placed in a dynamic shopping area and will give busy shoppers a lighter lunchtime option.”
The shop will create 10 jobs. It will have seating for 38 customers and will serve from 7am to 7pm. Subway already has a shop in High Street, Stamford.
○ Fashion retailer M&Co will open in the former Poundland shop in High Street, Stamford, tomorrow.
The 3,407sq ft store will offer the complete shopping experience with women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s clothing for youngsters aged three to 12 and homeware.
Chief Executive at M&Co Andrew McGeoch said the firm was committed to “preserving and developing the high street”.
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