Sunday 18th October 2015 will see the formal opening of Millington’s Café and Coffee Lounge on The Parade, Cwmbran Shopping. Formally ‘Sitting Pretty’, and now under new ownership, Millington’s is owned by Ryan Milliner and Emma Bressington. After meeting in 2010 at a café in Bristol, they’ve always dreamed of owning a quality coffee shop, with the bread being extra thick and the cakes, sumptuous and generous.
In June this year Ryan saw that Sitting Pretty in Cwmbran was up for sale. ’It was one of those moments where it just seemed right – although scary, but we decided to take the plunge’. Ryan left his job in Insurance on Friday 2nd October, the day the sale completed.
They have decided to use local suppliers for their food products – Cupcake Heaven (Cwmbran) for their cakes, Clams Cakes (Ebbw Vale) for tray bakes and biscuits and Bruno’s Bakery (Caerleon) for bread and pastries. The coffee will be supplied by Clifton Coffee (Avonmouth). “We’ve chosen these suppliers because of the customer service we’ve received and because the products are quality and individual”.
The rebranding and signage for the business has been created and produced by Mark Taylor of Kustom Signs – based in Cwmbran. Like the other suppliers Mark has proven to be professional, personal and has offered an exceptional service.
“ We want to run a business that is renowned for its quality, customer service and that little bit extra. We hope to create a coffee lounge that is relaxing, comforting and welcoming to all”.
Although opened on Monday 5th October the café will have an official opening/launch day on Sunday 18th October at 11 a.m. The Mayor of Torfaen, Councillor Giles Davies will be in attendance along with Allegra ladies choir (which Emma sings with). There will be special offers that day and the aim is to spread the word about the new place to be in Cwmbran Shopping Centre.
Emma and Ryan were supported by Torfaen EFFECT, a Welsh Government funded community development project which utilises the method of Enterprise Facilitation™ devised by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli of The Sirolli Institute. EFFECT is supported by and ran by a team of local volunteers who live and work in Torfaen and who have the skills and knowledge to help the Enterprise Facilitator to support clients. Ryan and Emma worked with Torfaen’s Enterprise Facilitator, Jayne Skyrme who gave them access to the wider EFFECT network. ‘We had fantastic support from Mark who was a volunteer of EFFECT and from Jayne herself and would urge anyone thinking about self-employment to get in touch with her’.
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Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Mawrth 13th Hydref 2015