Helping new businesses get on track

Natalie Jayne Robinson, of Coffee Central, with Andy Lynch, commercial manager of DB Regio Tyne and Wear. Picture by Craig Leng.

Natalie Jayne Robinson, of Coffee Central, with Andy Lynch, commercial manager of DB Regio Tyne and Wear. Picture by Craig Leng.

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Entrepreneurs looking to set up shop are being asked to consider a Metro station as their new base.

Over the last five years, new businesses have been established at Whitley Bay, Monkseaton and Cullercoats Metro stations.

It’s brilliant to be on the Metro station as you can tap into a steady stream of passing trade throughout the day.

Natalie Robinson, of Coffee Central

One who has taken advantage is Natalie Jayne Robinson.

The 26-year-old mum of one runs Coffee Central at Whitley Bay Metro station.

Natalie said: “When I was a teenager it was my dream to run my own business in the local area.

“We got the keys for the premises in November and since then the business has really taken off.

“It’s brilliant to be on the Metro station as you can tap into a steady stream of passing trade throughout the day.”

DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, is inviting small business owners to consider the option.

Andy Lynch, commercial manager of DB Regio Tyne and Wear, said: “Opening up shop at a Metro station offers real connectivity for businesses with a steady passenger trade which helps to attract new and loyal customer trade.”

Anyone who would like advice on starting up in business on a station, contact Andy Lynch on (0191) 203 3240.

Andy added: “We currently have a number of units available and we’re always open to new ideas.

“In the past Metro offered very traditional businesses on its stations, such as local newsagent stores.

“In recent years however, we have seen a major shift in how people are using empty shop units with our tenants beginning to explore more diverse business opportunities.

“I hope good news stories like Natalie’s and the many other new tenants that we’ve attracted encourages other people to consider the opportunities our premises offer.”