Family firm still netting business - The Evesham Observer

Family firm still netting business

Evesham Editorial 29th Aug, 2019   0

A DEVOTED Pershore granddaughter is keeping the family business alive after taking the plunge on the town’s High Street.

Fordys Fishing Tackle was originally started by Chloe Ford’s grandfather George Ford in Pershore retail market.

The business moved to the High Street 11 years ago when Mr Ford focused on selling fishing tackle for a number of years, before later stocking air guns and accessories.

After completing an apprenticeship, Miss Ford joined the business as a joint venture but sadly six months later her grandfather had to leave the shop after being diagnosed with cancer. He died a few months later.




“I had to learn very quickly and with the help of friends and family managed to keep the business going,” Miss Ford said.

“I decided that I would carry on with the business on my own. It was a hard decision as I didn’t really have the knowledge and experience I felt I needed to be able to do it – I was only 18.


“I had to do a diploma which took me four months which I was really impressed with as it was supposed to be an 18-month course, but I didn’t have 18 months before I’d be out of business.

“The business kept going and I had a steep learning curve to climb, as with lots of other products I couldn’t compete with online prices and had to come up with a plan to stay in business as I didn’t want to have to close the shop that my grandfather had started all those years ago.”

Miss Ford decided to stop selling airguns and keep selling the original fishing tackle and equipment, but also introduce aquatic equipment and fish.

“I’m hoping the local and surrounding communities use me for the aquatic equipment and fish. I am trying to stock as much as I can and also offer help and advice on fish keeping,” she added.

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