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Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Part 1: In the following blog series we will be going on a trip down memory, detailing our story of Greenwoods Grocers and building a business that we are proud of. We hope you enjoy!

Building a business in service of our community!

Stage 1: The idea!

As it is the first week, we thought what better place to kick this blog series off than at the beginning. Join us as we cast our minds back to March 2020, where a pandemic, that unbeknown to us at the time, would have such a significant impact on all our lives and dominate popular news and media outlets all around the world for the years to come.

It was the very picture above which created the seed for Greenwoods Grocers to emerge. Having driven to our local Sainsbury's in Burpham to find queues upwards of two hours, and witnessing hundreds of people, especially our older generations, waiting out in the elements to get their supplies and groceries that we first thought, there must be a better way!

Stage 2: Brainstorming

Upon arriving home that day, the three of us sat around the kitchen table and started to brainstorm. Our mission was to find out what a 16, 21 and 23 year old could do to affect change. Our drive was to help relieve the strain on a community that was in need of an alternative option, especially for those individuals who couldn't or didn't want to venture out and risk battling the queues.

Stage 3: From an idea to reality!

Our conclusion was to source and deliver fresh fruit and veg, and after thinking of a name and buying a £5 logo online, our website was live. Just like that Greenwoods Grocers was born! We received our very first order at 5pm on a Sunday evening and we remember it like it was yesterday, that was the day, jumping around in our living room, the three of us realised that an idea had just become a reality!

Our biggest Learning:

We were always told that the most important factor of starting a business was the idea. "60% of all businesses fail in the first year and so you have to have a great idea!". We disagree, we believe that the most important part of starting a business is the starting! Once you start, you never know where the journey will take you and there is nothing that can't be learnt as you go.

If you got this far, thank you so much for reading, and if you fancy hearing the next part of our story, make sure to check out our next blog!

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