?60,000 transformation for Daisy Nook Garden Centre

The family owned business will use the funding from Manchester Business Loans to install a children’s playground and for repair and maintenance of the retail areas, which will enable the business to have more covers in the caf?, increase the current retail space and reduce energy costs.

Daisy Nook Garden Centre is undergoing a ?60,000 transformation to improve its facilities as it looks to grow visitor numbers and turnover.

The family owned business will use the funding from Manchester Business Loans to install a children’s playground and for repair and maintenance of the retail areas, which will enable the business to have more covers in the caf?, increase the current retail space and reduce energy costs.

Daisy Nook, which was founded in 1972 and is owned by the Calder family, employs 25 people on a five acre site in the shadow of Medlock Hall in Oldham.

The site has grown considerably since it was first opened and Daisy Nook now sells a whole range of indoor and outdoor goods with a Regatta clothing concession and a Coronation Street exhibition on site.

They also run regular events including a local produce market, art classes, flower shows, a gardening club, talks and demonstrations from plant experts.

Father and son Richard and Andrew Calder along with Mark Llewellin are co-directors of Daisy Nook.

Richard said: ?We?ve faced a number of challenges over the past few years including a run of very poor summers that both affected our trade and damaged some of our buildings. We have an incredible team here that has worked with us to overcome those problems and to help us to develop Daisy Nook into a real hub of the community.

?The Manchester Business Loans programme was able to give us, not just the funding we needed for the new playground and building improvements, but also the confidence we needed to grow and invest for the next 40 years.?

Manchester Business Loans is a government-backed initiative that will see over ?24m invested into growing businesses in Greater Manchester over the next 10 years. A condition of the loan is that it must create or protect jobs and typical loans will be from ?3,000 to ?100,000 in value.

Paul Breen, director of Business Finance Solutions, which is delivering the Manchester Business Loans in Greater Manchester, said: ?Daisy Nook is a fantastic family owned business that has undergone a radical transformation over the past few years, overcoming problems and recognising that it needed to diversify and appeal to a wider and family audience in order to grow.

“This is just the kind of business that Manchester Business Loans is designed to help, both with finance and the practical support they need to continue to grow and expand.?

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