New College Stamford students to run new shop

Penny Lane shop, run by students from New College Stamford is open for business

Penny Lane shop, run by students from New College Stamford is open for business

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A shop staffed by young people with learning difficulties or disabilities has opened in Stamford’s town centre.

The Penny Lane shop, in St Paul’s Street in Stamford, is managed by the Skills for Work and Living department at New College Stamford.

The shop has undergone a refurbishment and opened to the public on Friday following an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The store was opened by Margaret Reader from the CfBT Educational Trust before being handed over to the students to open the doors to the public.

And on just its second day of trading the store got a visit from TV fashion expert Gok Wan.

The shop, which sells a range of new and second hand gifts and clothing, as well as books and toys, originally opened as a small market stall unit within the College in February 2012.

New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience, said: “We opened the Penny Lane shop within the college over a year ago to provide our students on entry-level programmes with valuable work experience.

“Since then it has been a huge success, so much so that we have decided to take a premises in the town centre.

“Penny Lane has proved really popular with our students and staff, and we are confident that the public will also support this fantastic initiative.”

New College Stamford is also investing £250,000 to improve facilities and training for students with learning difficulties.