Jade and Jen cooking up a winner

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Two budding entrepreneurs from Chorley have launched a new coffee house in Chorley.

Jade Barton, studied at Bishop Rawstorne in Croston and then Runshaw College, and Jen Heptinstall, aged 20 and 21 respectively, have just opened the doors of their new enterprise JJ’s Coffee House, on Union Street.

The pair met 18 months ago while working at a service station and decided to go into business on their own.

It serves sandwiches and also offers speciality tea and coffee and the dynamic duo have been out pounding the streets with flyers.

The premises required a substantial refurbishment, including having a wall demolished and a kitchen removed.

Jade and Jen did most of the work themselves but when they brought in outside help they made sure to only use local trades.

Jen said: “We’ve had a lot of help from family and friends, and our friends from the Scout movement.”

As for the firm’s ethos Jade said: “Anything Costa or Starbucks can do then so can we.

“We’d like it to be a chain eventually.”

No plans have been made yet for a second shop, but Standish is a candidate.

Jen’s mum Dawn said: “Things are going well for a start-up business with minimal advertising or publicity.”

Beyond the building work, getting the shop ready to open was often challenging.

“There were some totally unforeseen problems, things you’d never see coming,” admitted Dawn.

The refurbishment revealed problems with the building’s wiring, and at one point during the project the gas meter was stolen.”

Both women are involved in the Scout and Guide Movement.