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Fantastic opportunity to purchase successful pottery cafe

Wallingford, Oxfordshire
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A very exciting opportunity to purchase an award-winning and popular business, Busy Brush Café is a two-year-old thriving paint your own pottery café situated in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, with a prime location on the central market square with high footfall. Wallingford is a popular tourist town for its links to Agatha Christie and Midsummer Murders filming and benefits from the fact that the nearest competing pottery café is over 10 miles away.

This is the sale of a 30 seater creative pottery painting café that really puts the café back into pottery painting café! A highly unique concept Busy Brush’s USP is its outstanding quality of coffee, cakes and teas which have gained a huge reputation both locally and further afield, with customers travelling up to two hours to visit because of the reputation of their coffee and cake. Customers come and choose blank pottery shapes to paint in their own design, anything from mugs to tiles and moneyboxes and can enjoy delicious cakes, coffees and teas while seated in a quirky and cosy setting across two upper floors of seating. The shop also offers a range of retail Decopatch supplies for customers to buy or create in store, personal commission pieces, children’s and adult's parties in their private 15 seater party room and runs hugely popular adult pottery painting evenings twice monthly. An unusual aspect of this business is that customers can come in and enjoy coffee and cake even if they’re not crafting, which provides a safe income year round.

Busy Brush comes with huge growth potential. There is high demand for adult workshops for all kinds of craft activities in this area, which the café is well set up to host. There is a real gap in cosy cafes that serve cream teas or light food options and the building has a full A1 use for this should the buyer wish to expand. The adult painting evenings are usually fully booked so there’s potential to increase the frequency of these, and there’s an unlimited potential in reaching out to brownie groups, schools, nurseries and WI groups which have not yet been fully explored. There is further potential in the business’s already built and designed online shop which has not yet been promoted but is ready to go. Another area for growth is in franchising, the business is well setup with many hundreds of tools, designs and documents that make it ideal to branch out into this area.

Busy Brush comes with a stunning and well-developed branding package including a well-designed and informative website that attracts over 300 visitors per week and is already selling gift vouchers and craft supplies. The business has a well-established and frequently visited Tripadvisor page and Facebook page with 99% 5-star reviews on both sites. The business comes with a suite of professionally designed logos and graphics including tonnes of already made up flyers, logos and placemats. The business won ‘Best Children’s Business in Oxfordshire’ in 2016 with Muddy Stilettos and has been featured as a case study with Newable Loans along with countless appearances in various blogs and newspapers.

Other selling points include a 5-star food hygiene rating, member of the Guild of Ceramic Studios, full PRS music license and a Tripadvisor certificate of Excellence.

The business currently has 3 excellent staff members working part-time on zero-hours contracts along with one of the owners who works 5 days a week. Annual turnover is £87,600 in year two, a 7% growth from year one with huge potential for rapid further growth. Opening hours are 6 days a week, 9.30-5.30pm closed on Mondays. The annual rent is £13,500 with two years remaining on the current lease, the landlord has reassured us that the property is available to us or a new tenant for a very long time.

The current owners are now looking to sell to move onto new projects and commitments and are looking for someone who can take this business over with enthusiasm and love. An excellent opportunity for a change of lifestyle for someone and the chance to create a second home!

Included in the sale is the full package, consisting of all fixtures and fittings and equipment such as kiln, coffee machine and white goods, everything as it currently stands to continue running the business including thousands of pounds of stock. This is an opportunity to buy a fully operating and smooth running business without the need to purchase anything more, it really is a business you can pick up and run with. The current owners are willing to stay on for a handover period to ensure a smooth transition.
Listing Details
Leasehold Price: £76,450
Tenure: Leasehold
Sector: Craft Shops, Cafes, Tea Rooms
Annual Turnover: £87,500
Annual Net Profit: Available upon request
Key Features
  • Accounts Available
  • Company for Sale
  • High Turnover
  • Close to Local Amenities
  • Adjacent to Multiple Retailers
  • Town Centre location
  • Prime Location
  • Central Position in Affluent Village
  • Fully Fitted
  • Established Business
  • Small Business
  • Attractive Business
  • Split Level Trading Area
  • Unique Business
  • Price Reduced
Location Statistics
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A Lewis Construction Services Ltd (approx. 0.4 mile)
Galliford Fencing Specialists (approx. 0.4 mile)
Wallingford Builders (approx. 0.4 mile)
Brookmead Drive (approx. 0.4 mile)
Reading Furniture Movers (approx. 0.4 mile)
Paul Simmonds Removals (approx. 0.4 mile)
Wallingford Dental Clinic (approx. 0.4 mile)
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