Sunderland teenager’s coffee shop success

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YOUNG entrepreneur Callum Troup is brewing up success with his own coffee shop.

The 19-year-old opened Coffee Corner in John Street, Sunderland, last year and has already doubled his predicted turnover, with plans for expansion.

He has taken on his first employee and already has planning permission in place to open a pavement cafe next summer.

Callum, who studied Business at Sunderland’s Bede College, said: “The pavement cafe will give us the extra tables that we need here and I’m now looking to open another shop and take on more staff.

“I had to put my business plan together, raise the finance, then design the premises and choose the equipment and furniture.

“My aim is to have a chain of coffee shops and I would like to move into Newcastle and the MetroCentre next.”

Callum’s success comes as the region’s unemployment rate remain the highest in the UK.

Although the Office for National Statistics said there was a drop of 5.2 per cent between July and September, there was still 127,000 people out of work – 9.8 per cent of the population.

The rate of youth unemployment is also a concern with region and financial education firm Ambitious Minds claiming the North East has had a rise in youth unemployment that is twice as large as those in London and the South East.

“It has been hard work but I just love running my own business,” said Callum, who is taking on the might of the big chains such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee. I grew up in a business environment, as my mother runs Little Treasures nurseries in Washington and Sunderland.

“I’m sure that gave me the confidence to take the plunge.

“It has been a great first year and all my customers, whether they eat-in or buy a take-away, have been so supportive and friendly.

“I am really looking forward to next year when I’ll be expanding and creating my first unique blend of coffee.”

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