Two new businesses open in Rugby town centre

Cllr Heather Timms, Helen Simmonds, Anna Jones and Aftab Gaffar. Photo by Jamie Gray.
Cllr Heather Timms, Helen Simmonds, Anna Jones and Aftab Gaffar. Photo by Jamie Gray.

With plans afoot to expand Elliot’s Field, there’s some good news for the town centre as two new businesses opened their doors this month.

The Copper Tree and Sweet A are located side by side on Chapel Street, in two units created by converting part of the Black Swan pub.

Both businesses received a grant from the town’s Retail Start-Up Scheme, which is jointly funded by Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council.

Sweet A is a cafe serving an assortment of homemade cakes, sandwiches and drinks, as well as taking orders for bespoke wedding and celebration cakes.

It’s owner, Anna Jones, said: “I know Rugby well and it is a great town.

“Although I have only been open a couple of week’s people are really enjoying the cakes, sandwiches and drinks and I am getting some greatfeedback.”

The Copper Tree is owned by Helen Simmonds and moved into the Chapel Street unit after previously operating from a stall on the market.

The crystal and gift shop sells wood carvings, healing crystals, dream catchers, trinkets and incense, among other items.

It also displays and sells arts and crafts from local artists and offers advertising space for alternative therapists and mediums working in the area.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “The Retail Start-Up Scheme has a strong track record of supporting new, independent businesses open in Rugby town centre, creating new jobs, bringing empty units back into use and broadening the retail offer to our residents.”

And Aftab Gaffar, Managing Director of Rugby First added: “It’s great to see another two businesses open in the town centre and what a difference the Start-Up scheme can make to their business.”