Corporate banker jumps ship to open new seaside business venture

Lisa Tsang of 'Seaside Chic' North Dock Business Centre, Seaham.

Lisa Tsang of 'Seaside Chic' North Dock Business Centre, Seaham.

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A CORPORATE banker has bagged a new career after launching her own business.

Lisa Tsang worked for Barclays in Newcastle, but always dreamed of running her own shop.

When the chance to take redundancy came up, she used the chance to launch her own venture.

Now Seaside Chic is welcoming visitors in Seaham Marina’s business centre, The Waterside, after Lisa saw the development when an offer on a property fell through.

Lisa, who lives in Hawthorn, said: “I kept thinking to myself, it’s never going to happen, but then voluntary redundancy came along.

“I had been looking around the area and knew stuff was going on down here and did some research.

“I came down to see it and fell in love with it. The feedback we’ve had has been fantastic.”

Lisa, who has been helped by her cousin Deborah Conoly and her daughter Ashton, who has put the details of the business online, has concentrated on stocking British brands in the shop, which has opened next to Nicey Icey ice cream parlour and fellow newcomer to the North Dock, Harbour Yarns.

The Lookout cafe, the marina office and a conference room, which can be rented out, are based on the “top deck” of the building.

A jet ski club and a repair yard are also based in the marina, alongside East Durham Heritage Group’s centre and the restored George Elmy lifeboat.

Peter Coe, director of Seaham Harbour Community Interest Company, said: “It’s brilliant to welcome another business to the centre.

“Lisa has worked very hard to get high-quality pieces to offer in her shop, which is what the marina is aiming for.”

Five empty units remain in The Waterside, with more details available via its website, www.seahammarina.com.