Entreprenuer Laura opens new coffee house in Ilkeston

Laura Cassidy alongside Maggie Throup MP opens a coffee shop, Coffee Vida, in the former Co-op building on South Street, Ilkeston

Picture: Sarah Washbourn / www.yellowbellyphotos.com
Laura Cassidy alongside Maggie Throup MP opens a coffee shop, Coffee Vida, in the former Co-op building on South Street, Ilkeston Picture: Sarah Washbourn / www.yellowbellyphotos.com

A 22-year-old entrepreneur has opened up a new coffee house in Ilkeston, following a £120,000 investment.

Ambitious Laura Cassidy officially unveiled her new business, Coffee Vida, on Saturday, October 29 following an official ribbon cutting by Erewash MP Maggie Throup on Wednesday, October 26.

The business venture has already created five new jobs before serving its first coffee, following a £120,000 refurbishment to transform the unit at the old Ilkeston Co-op into an up-market coffee shop.

Laura, director at Coffee Vida, said: “I’m really excited to open the doors to my first project in Ilkeston.

“Hopefully the fact that I’m a young woman starting my own business will inspire others to take a leap of faith and do the same.

“It’s great to get such a positive response form the local people and the MP, Maggie Throup.”

Laura decided to launch her own coffee house after completing a year at university, but decided instead that she wanted to focus on starting her own business after seeing role models such as her dad, Rob, managing director at New Century Windows, succeed.

Laura worked as an accountant at her dad’s company for two years before taking the leap and investing in her own business.

Coffee Vida will serve a range of coffees and teas, as well as a selection of toasties, sandwiches, paninis and other treats.

Coffee Vida is the eighth new business to be situated within the newly refurbished Co-op building owned by ALB Commercial Investments.

MP Maggie Throup said: “It is fantastic to see the old Co-op building gradually coming back to life and again becoming a hub for local residents.

“The fact that more and more businesses are having the confidence to relocate to our town demonstrates that Ilkeston is really on the way up.”

Arran Bailey, director at ALB Commercial Investments, said: “I believe Laura’s business will be a great addition for Ilkeston, as it is a prime position, ideally located in the heart of the town within the newly refurbished Co-op building and easy access to the Market Place.”