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Boost Q&A: Suzy Carrington, Carringtons Coffee Co.

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Suzy Carrington is the co-founder of Carringtons Coffee Co., based in Lancashire. Suzy and her husband Alex set up their coffee roasting business in 2019, starting out as a coffee roastery based on a farm in Warrington.

They moved the roastery to Carnforth in late 2021 and opened its doors to the public in January 2022. The coffee which is imported directly from growers in Colombia, is roasted on the premises and sold to online retail customers and wholesale to businesses. Seeking to grow the wholesale side of the business, Suzy contacted Boost and joined the Boost Growth Mentoring programme.

They worked with mentor Louise Owen on Carringtons Coffee Co's growth plans and also learnt more about LinkedIn for B2B lead generation through a Boost group workshop. Suzy shares her business inspirations, discusses the Boost support she received and why Lancashire is a great place to do business.

What support did you receive from Boost and how has it helped you and your business?

We received 12 hours of business mentoring at the start of 2023 and it was pivotal in the growth of the wholesale side of the coffee business which increased by 100% during the course of the program.

What piece of advice stood out the most during your Boost support?

We developed our brand messaging and were encouraged to pursue our own vision of what the coffee business will look like rather than comparing to others.

Who has been your biggest business inspiration and why?

As a husband and wife team, we inspire each other to push the business to new heights and take risks with the support of each other's belief and encouragement.

What motivates you in business and why?

Community, networking and bringing people together through coffee.

How do you like to start your working day?

With a cup of Carringtons Coffee – usually our PB&J filter blend.

Why is Lancashire a great location for a business?

The open and friendly communities who get involved, support and buy from local businesses.

What would you say to someone who is considering using Boost?

Go for it! Be bold to push the limits of what you think is possible and Boost can help with that.

What is your advice for anyone looking to grow a business?

Don't give up, ask for help, get a mentor and be open to opportunities that come your way.

Boost is helping Lancashire businesses. We have a range of funded support programmes and a team of business advisers you can talk to. To speak to someone from the Growth Hub about business support, contact Boost online or call 0800 488 0057.

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