National award for Costa Coffee couple

A Bristol-based entrepreneurial couple have scooped a prestigious national award with major coffee chain Costa Coffee.
By: Kayleigh Sydenham
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June 9, 2011 - PRLog -- Stuart and Lynn Montgomery, who run South West Coffee, which operates Costa Coffee shops in Henleaze, Bristol and Portishead have been named as the best franchise in the country.

The couple have an ambitious plan to expand their chain of shops with the latest being opened in Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol later this year.

Stuart and Lynn, who live in Westbury-on-Trym Bristol met in Thailand where Stuart lived and worked for 10 years opening a dozen franchise businesses employing more than 400 people.

Returning to the UK they continued to run major franchise businesses and now hold the franchise from Costa Coffee for Bristol and the South West. They were presented with the award at a glittering ceremony in the St Pancras Hotel, London.

Said Stuart: “Running a franchise business is all down to the quality of the staff you have and this is a fantastic award for everyone that works with us in Portishead, Bristol and Henleaze.

“At the heart of Costa Coffee are the baristas, who hand-make the drinks that we serve. We have some great baristas in this area and we are aiming to train more as we expand the business. Working in a Costa Coffee shop is not just a job for students and those between jobs it is a real career for those who want to provide a much-needed service for the public.”

A self-made man Stuart left school at 16 and after a stint in the Royal Engineers as a combat engineer he set up his first business selling second-hand TVs.

He then started a book import and mail order business from his bedroom which quickly grew. In his early 20s he went to Westminster University where  he further cemented his experience,  acquiring an Engineering and Business degree before winning a scholarship and going  on to acquire his MBA from Edinburgh University.

He continues to study and is in the final stages of taking a law conversion course at the College of Law in Bristol. Stuart is also helping to inspire other young entrepreneurs and is the latest member of the Princes Trust South West Leadership Group, helping disadvantaged people into employment and business.

Winning the Franchisee of the Year Award is a major achievement for a young business that was competing against major Costa Coffee franchise chains in London and throughout the country.
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