New retail opportunity for Sudbury village

01 December 2016

A new retail shopping outlet has opened in the heart of Sudbury village, in good time for Christmas shopping. Sudbury Courtyard, which is made up of newly converted historic buildings, consists of a range of bespoke shops run by local Derbyshire business people.

Sudbury Courtyard, which is located adjacent to the National Trust’s Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood, includes Sweet Little, an artisan cafe and shop selling giftware, homeware and gardenware; Sticky Fingers, a giftware shop stocking British made and designed gifts and studio offering a programme of craft workshops; and Metwood Forge showcasing traditional handcrafted and bespoke metal items made in the village.

The opening of the courtyard has provided the opportunity for these three local businesses to expand. The entrepreneurs from Sudbury, Ashbourne and Barton-under-Needwood were all trading before the Courtyard opened, but they saw the opportunity to grow and reach a wider audience.

The conversion was overseen by Chris Batterby of Savills Lichfield in a project which took 18 months to complete. It was officially opened to the public recently with a launch party.

Steve Farrow of Savills Lichfield, who manages Sudbury Courtyard on behalf of owner, the Sudbury Estate, comments: “We are delighted to announce that the Courtyard is now officially open to the public. The aim of the development was to provide a unique shopping experience in a relaxed environment. It is well placed to serve local residents in the village and across Derbyshire, whilst providing an additional draw to the area for visitors to Sudbury Hall.

“Savills Lichfield team has been involved in this project since its inception and it has been hugely rewarding to see it transform from an under used, run down range of barns, to an attractive courtyard which will breathe new life into the village. It was extremely important to the owner that we supported local businesses and it is therefore very satisfying that the units which have been let so far are to local people, providing a platform from which they can continue to expand. We hope that the local community will support these businesses as they continue to grow and we anticipate the footfall from tourists to the area to provide further benefits.

“We have one final unit left to fill with a further two coming available in the New Year and we would be interested to hear from local businesses who might be interested in the opportunity”.

Mandy Hutson-Smith, owner of Sticky Fingers, comments: “We are delighted to open our shop in Sudbury Courtyard. We feel very fortunate to be part of this development, all of the units have been beautifully  renovated by the estate. The Courtyard is a lovely place to visit, grab a coffee and browse the goods on offer.  We have been made very welcome by the residents of the village and hope to see lots of new visitors and customers over the Christmas period.


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Stephen Farrow

Stephen Farrow

Associate Director
Rural Management


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