Coffee Blue’s Premier Mobile Coffee Comes To Newport
Coffee Blue has launched a brand new mobile coffee van in the East Newport area.
Franchisee, David, brings vast experience in running his own hospitality businesses – but instantly fell in love with the idea of mobile coffee when he first discovered Coffee Blue.
We sat down with David when he was at Coffee Blue HQ for training to discuss his background, reasons for franchising and hopes for the future.
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With further ado, here’s our chat with Newport’s newest and best mobile coffee service:
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name’s Dave. I’m married with three children – all grown-up. Seven grandchildren and have been married to wife Sharon for 25 years.
What sort of jobs have you had previously
After I left University in 1992 – I graduated with a degree in computer science – I went into banking with Barclays through their management development programme.
I worked there for 20 years as a Branch Manager covering the South East Wales area.
Following leaving that job, I started my own chip shop and restaurant, which I ran for 10 years in Pontypool town centre. I sold that then at the end of last year, which leads me to where I am today.
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
I like to cook, take my dogs for a walk. I’ve got three dogs: a Jack Russell, a Chiuhuauha and a Chorkie. I enjoy spending time in the garden with them.
That’s more or less it really.
What made you want to start your own franchise?
I’m used to working for myself now. And I didn’t want to have employees anymore because I like working on my own.
I’ve tried working for other people again and I’m not that keen on it.
I found out about Coffee Blue through Sean. I was looking at starting up another business but started looking more into what the guys at Coffee Blue were doing.
So, I booked myself on one of the Discovery Days and decided to go for it.
With franchising, you have the products, business plan, brand and all sorts already made-up for you. For me, I found that useful because I wanted to start as soon as physically possible.
Why Coffee Blue?
I didn’t really need to have a look at other opportunities. As soon as I saw the van, I thought: “That’s the one.”
It really looks the part. It’s impressive. The way it’s all decked out, the lights, the machine, it’s eye-catching. People are going to notice.
The van itself and the actual barista machine are what really sold it to me.
What’s the response been like from friends and family?
They were a bit taken-aback at first. Before I decided on this, I was going to open a vape shop. That was the other option I was weighing up.
But I thought this will get me out and about seeing people, driving to different places.
I’m used to dealing with customers. Working from home isn’t for me. I like to be out and about meeting new people.
What advice would you give those interested in joining Coffee Blue?
Come to the Discovery Day. That’s what did it for me.
Getting here and seeing the van and meeting the team will make your mind up for you.
What’s your favourite coffee to make and drink?
To make, cappuccinos. But to drink, I’m a white americano man. I’ll drink the milky stuff from time to time.
What are your hopes for the future?
I’m hoping that after I finish paying for the van I’ll be able to keep doing it as a sort of semi-retirement thing.
I’ll be looking to retire in four years’ time. So something like this would be perfect to carry on into semi-retirement to keep me busy.
I wouldn’t want to stop working. I’ve been working since I was 16.