Entrepreneur Susan Wright is investing in an eco-lifestyle retail store in Buxton, Derbyshire with help from a £20k loan from BFS.
Eco Republic at The Cavendish Arcade in Buxton sells a wide range of eco-friendly gifts and homeware made from recycled and sustainable materials, the majority of which is Fair Trade and sourced from around the globe.
There is also an eclectic and quirky selection of locally hand crafted goods available along with a range of electric bicycles and cycling accessories. A varied range of items, from clocks and cushions to e-bikes and bowls, are also available to buy on the Eco Republic website.
After more than 25 years career in retail, Susan, who lives in the local area, wanted to create her own unique store environment that would allow her to further develop the range of gifts and homeware and promote quality eco-lifestyle products to a wider audience.
Future plans for the business include forging more partnerships with local artisans, developing the website and social media pages and instigating a promotion and marketing strategy for Eco Republic.
The loan from BFS has also helped fund a new look for the store, bringing it up to date with a modern, contemporary feel.