New life for Catlins in Grantham

Councillo Frances Cartwright and Amy McNamara, new proprietor of Catlins in Grantham. Photo submitted
Councillo Frances Cartwright and Amy McNamara, new proprietor of Catlins in Grantham. Photo submitted

Another new Grantham retailer is set to open its doors having benefited from South Kesteven District Council’s scheme that guides owners through the maze of opening a business.

Catlins, in High Street, will open as a Mediterranean cafe and restaurant in the coming days through new proprietor Amy McNamara who was given support by SKDC4Business.

Amy, a first time business owner, was recommended to the scheme by her property landlord and has received help on every aspect of the process and legislation required to start up.

She chose the location for the business over other neighbouring towns and cities citing the retail unit’s historic and traditional links in Grantham where the famous gingerbread men were first made.

The previous business in the location under the same name closed in March 2011 but the council’s priority on business growth helped promote its availability.

The business will focus on serving the traditional teas and cakes the unit was previously famed for, while also stocking a tasty contemporary menu.

Amy said: “The unit and location were a perfect fit for me and I’m looking forward to starting trading. The SKDC4Business scheme has really assisted me transform an idea into reality.

“I would recommend it to other current or prospective business owners.”

Initially the take away section of the business will open to the public before the unit opens on two floors, including the restaurant, later this year.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for grow the economy Councillor Frances Cartwright said: “This is the latest business to benefit from the scheme and will be a welcome addition to Grantham’s High Street.

“It’s inspiring to see a trader see the potential of a business from its location and history and embrace it to see an opportunity. We wish Amy every success with the business.”

For further information on business support visit www.skdc4business.co.uk or contact SKDC’s economic development team on 01476 40 60 80 or email ecodev@southkesteven.gov.uk