MAKING THE MOVE TO CORNWALL: FROM SURREY TO TYWARDREATH
PUBLISHED: 12:56 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:42 30 August 2017
Moving from Surrey to a quite corner of Cornwall has been a massive success for our couple - find out how
Trudy Thompson and Josh Taylor moved to Cornwall from Surrey to Tywardreath 18 months ago – and now run a growing business helping others to make radical change to their lives
With a client list all over the world and throughout London, you would expect the business address for Trudy and Josh’s business coaching company to be in the capital. Instead their business retreat is in the quiet village of Tywardreath on the South Cornish coast.
So what inspired their move? Unusually for newcomers – it started with the business. We had been looking for suitable premises to run our entrepreneurs retreat so when we saw Newhouse Farm - a beautiful historic building and smallholding we knew it was the right place to launch our inspiring venture. We were visiting to answer a call for help from one of our incubated businesses, we expected to find a solution and it turned out to be moving here a week later.
This was the perfect place to run our entrepreneurs retreat so it was central to our decision to move here but we are lucky to be able to do our work wherever we are in the world as many of our coaching clients book sessions with us via Skype or on the phone. We managed to make the move and earn a living before we had unpacked. But it was once we discovered how welcoming and kind people were in our village we realised how well our other businesses would do in this area, as we run a business incubator which is also a social enterprise.
Our home is in the middle of Tywardreath village which has an incredible community spirit. One of the most important aspects of our entrepreneurs retreat, especially with our clients from major cities such as London and New York, is to deliver our business coaching whilst also reconnecting them with nature. We provide them with the space to reflect and relax, so they can leave here ready for a new challenge or having found a solution to their business issues. The stunning countryside and our friendly Tywardreath community gives our clients a refreshing change from their daily lives, just the kindness and genuine welcome they receive from locals is enough to make them realise what is missing from their busy lives.
But the business isn’t all about providing a retreat for far flung companies. The couple also wanted to help those closer to their new home.
We are also passionate about our social enterprise activities and being in Cornwall has given us a fantastic opportunity to make a difference. One of our ventures provides free business support to encourage people to start and grow their own enterprise. Since we have been here we have been able to help hundreds of people turn their ideas into a business and we run a monthly networking event so that our local small business community can meet and collaborate with each other.’
We have never regretted moving here we have amazing neighbours, a fantastic local pub, great local produce from local suppliers and incredible countryside to explore. We couldn’t ask for more.’
And what advice would they offer to people thinking of moving to Cornwall? Come and visit our pub the New Inn in Tywardreath and talk to local people who live here, this is a working village rather than a second home or major tourist destination, there are many people living here who made the move to Cornwall as well as those born and raised in the county, so you will quickly find great advice and discover what it is like to live, work and play in Cornwall.’
We have rarely found a beach we didn’t enjoy our local beach Par is great for walking the dogs and Polridmouth has stunning wildflower banks
Luxulyan Valley, for a peaceful walk with woodland, giant boulders, a huge viaduct and derelict buildings, you get a real sense of the industrial heritage in this beautiful scenery.
Favourite flavour of Cornwall:
Community spirit and a love of the outdoors.
Favourite place to eat:
The Globe in Fowey for local produce and Ocean & Earth in Looe for authentic Thai food.
THis article first appeared in June 2015 issue of Cornwall Life