A BUSINESS partnership is thriving six months after establishing itself in Oakham town centre.
Oakham Mobility and Healthcare set up at the back of the former Grafters shop in September following a chance meeting between business owners Richard Cook and Michael Copas.
Mr Cook was looking for ways to diversify his DIY store following the arrival of Wilkinsons in the town while Mr Copas wanted to expand his chain of mobility shops into the Rutland market.
After several months of successful trading the directors have refurbished the premises and reopened as Oakham Mobility and Healthcare and 5 Day Blinds.
Mr Cook, who ran Grafters for 10 years, said: “The business didn’t have a long term future but I was already running a blind business from the shop so decided that would become the main focus.
“The local market has changed and the chance meeting with Michael presented a tremendous opportunity.”
Mr Copas runs two other mobility shops in Warwickshire and splits his time between the two counties.
Mr Cook said: “Michael is an expert in mobility products and I am undergoing training and qualifications to expand my knowledge in that side of the business.”
Oakham Mobility offers a full range of products including mobility scooters, riser chairs, bath lifts and Stannah stairlifts. A working stairlift is due to be installed at the shop this week to offer customers the chance to test it out before they buy.
5 Day Blinds offers made to measure blinds which can be made within five days of customers placing an order.
Full details of the businesses are available at www,5dayblinds.co.uk and www.oakhammobility.co.uk