CS: That must be very exciting for you! And especially something that is a bit from the norm, and what started as a hobby you must be very pleased with how everything is turning out. My colleague mentioned work with some mental health charities, How has that been, or is everything still in the works?
Nigel: Yes, it has been a bit of a whirl wind the past few months, it’s been amazing to see the positive reviews. That’s all still in the works. I’ve had introduction meetings with the YMCA and Women of Mind. Spoken to councillor called Danny Greens who specialises with people who struggle with anxiety, we’ve agreed to have his sign outside and he will advertise for us. And we also have an advert in a local hospital magazine. That’s about it so far, but you never know what the future holds.
CS: Well you got to start somewhere with these things, especially with mental health being such a prominent issue in today’s society. It seems in Norwich a real sense of community and support, is this one of the reasons you decided to open in Norwich?
Nigel: I’m Norwich born and bred. And I love it here. You are right in saying that Norwich really does have a great community and support, it was also the right place and right fit. Everything just lined up perfectly when we opened. It also helps with the two universities, markets and the abundance of independent shops that are stronger than ever. It’s also worked out with the local businesses as everything that we smash has either been donated or our customers have brought themselves. We then recycle them using a certified company, it’s a great cycle we have, and it saves us money as well. We are thinking and hoping to expand in the future, but like when we opened 6/7 months ago, it will need to be the right fit and right place. Right now we love where we are and how everything is going. And our customers are amazing as well!
CS: This is my second time here and even I can tell what you’ve said is true. Norwich defiantly has a great community, support and openness about it. And it’s also great to know that everything is that does get smashed is donated and can also be recycled properly, especially with computers. Hopefully everything goes well this place, and you’ll be expanding in no time. One last question before I let you get on with your day, what would be the one piece of advice you would give to someone who has or will be starting university for the first time?
Nigel: Hmm, that’s a tough one. I haven’t been in school for a long time. But one piece of advice I would give would be to work hard, stick with it for a bit and if you find that it doesn’t fit who you are, then find something else. University is not the end of it!