When Tywardreath Village Shop owners Josh Taylor and Trudy Thompson took over the business in September 2016, even they couldn’t have predicted just how successful their new venture would be. Within a year, they had grown the business by 300%, engaged with local suppliers to offer top quality produce and even been tweeted by Sir Richard Branson.
Social entrepreneurs Josh and Trudy attribute their success to the community: “The idea to purchase the shop came after the previous owners retired and couldn’t sell the property. We knew how important the shop was to the village and asked the local community if they wanted to invest their money into saving the shop. Upon reopening the shop, it has gone from strength to strength.”
Having supplied the shop for many years, Trewithen Dairy is proud to continue this successful partnership. Josh & Trudy said: “It made complete sense to us when we took over to continue the relationship with Trewithen, as our most loyal, local shoppers asked us to continue stocking their products. They are also the nearest dairy, which fits our model of collaborating with local Cornish businesses.”
“They support our shop and our team as if they are an extended family. Nothing is too much trouble and they actively work with us to help us grow as a business.”
With a fantastic first year under their belts, Tywardreath Village Shop are now planning to expand, including a larger chiller to accommodate more Trewithen Dairy products.
“It’s hard to choose a hero product, as they are all so good! The semi-skimmed milk is our bestseller but hardly anyone can resist the clotted cream.”
To give you some idea of how important Trewithen Dairy is to this village… the only question people asked on the fundraising document was ‘Will you still be stocking Trewithen Dairy products?’ …we’re proud to say they wouldn’t stock anything else!