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Entrepreneurial father and son to take on the world – for the love of coffee

A LOVE of coffee and books, and an acute awareness that Cleethorpes is coming into its own, have led to a Lincolnshire father and son launching a new business venture in the resort.

Entrepreneurial father and son to take on the world – for the love of coffee

Matthew Head and son Jago are bringing forward The Globe on Cambridge Street, a 32-cover venue serving hot drinks, a selection of food and shelves of vintage books.

It neighbours The Knoll, Matthew’s former workplace, as a public servant with North East Lincolnshire Council for eight years, working in education and skills. 

“We have been talking about this for a year, so to be now doing it is fantastic,” he said, as work progresses on bringing a Victorian industrial feel to the resort location.

“It just feels the right time to open a business in Cleethorpes, and particularly in this area,” he said. “There is the £7.5 million Heritage Lottery money to do up the seafront, and businesses are tripping over each other to open. We are right next to Emporium 53 which is an amazing shop, and I think this will complement it well.”

Working in the area since moving north from Lincolnshire County Council eight years ago, he has been amazed by the transformation, which is attracting people with money to spend, creating a great balance with the traditional seaside allure too. 

“We are passionate about service. You can get a cup of coffee for 30p at home, so people aren’t really coming out for coffee, they are coming for a luxury experience,” he said of the target market.

That will be aided by the coffee though, as the machine is imported from Italy especially, as it aims to open ahead of Armed Forces Weekend at the end of the month.

Until May they lived in Market Rasen, but have now taken the flat above as they throw themselves into a frantic few months and first summer season.

“We both love books, I always wanted to own a book shop and I love coffee and can’t function without it,” said Matthew, who worked in school improvement, behaviour support and community learning, while also helping write the skills strategy as part of the regeneration plan. “It works very well because my son is passionate about food and a tea drinker!"

Jago gained experience  working with food on the deli at the Tesco in his home town, and is looking forward to the venture with his dad. 

Of the name, Matthew said: “The theme is Victorian industrial, we were thinking Victorian explorers. We’re going to have local maps on the walls, and the meridian line goes through Cleethorpes. Then there’s the ‘think global act local’ movement, and literary links with the US newspaper and Shakespeare’s theatre as well.”

The fit-out is being conducted with suppliers as local as possible, including lighting from Emporium 53 and upholstery from craftsman Barrie Stemp on New Road, off Sea View Street.

They aim to recruit staff once they’ve got a feel for the need.

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