Business bucks trend and grows

Kate Mell at her new Boston Spa store.
Kate Mell at her new Boston Spa store.
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A Boston Spa businesswoman is bucking the trend of recession hit high streets by expanding her seven year old business to a larger store.

Kate Mell has moved her florist and interiors shop to much larger premises at 160 High Street, Boston Spa and has included a bridal room to help brides plan their wedding flowers and accessories.

“I’m thrilled to be expanding the business in response to demand from customers,” said owner and floral designer Kate.

“The wedding room is a concept I developed in consultation with one of my brides, whilst the remainder of the shop stays true to my origins as a florist and designer.”

Defying the recession, and flying the flag for local high street shopping, the expanded Kate Mell store also stocks a selection of home and garden accessories.

Spread over two floors, Kate added that the new double-fronted store is built around her passion for personal service and outstanding design in the business she set up in 2005.

And she added that the shop is already garnering admiration from customers old and new, with several commenting that Kate has ‘brought London style to Boston Spa’.

The village has also seen a recent boost to its economy as former rugby league Jamie Field opened his gym 5 Star Fitness.

The trading moves come during a long-running campaign by local traders and residents to prevent Tesco from opening an Express store at the Crown Hotel.

Protestors claim the supermarket giant will damage current businesses and therefore the individuality of the village.

A bid has been made by local buinessmen to buy the landmark listed Crown Hotel to stop the Tesco plans.