A COUPLE who have opened a deli in their home town believe the area is thriving due to the increase in new and independent businesses.

Sophie Johnson and Jordan Kemp, from Great Harwood, opened The Green Olive in Queen Street at the end of September and since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength.

The 29-year-olds believe their success is down to the support they receive from their community, and the fact they’ve brought something fresh, new and exciting to Great Harwood at a time when independent businesses, such as Tipsy Cows, Tessa Clemson Yoga, Finch Bakery, Electric Thirteen Tattoos and 1B Tap House are creating a buzz in the town.

Miss Johnson said: “We wanted to bring something new to Great Harwood, something a bit different to what is already here.

“We opened at the end of September, and since then the response and support has been fantastic.

“We have had nothing but great feedback on our food, service, and the overall feel of the place.

“I think that local businesses in Great Harwood are thriving as there’s lots of variety now, with all the different shops.

“I think it’s great for the town.”

Miss Johnson, who has always loved being in a customer service role, said she enjoys talking to people and making sure they have a great experience.

And coupled with Mr Kemp’s previous experience in the catering world, the deli owners hope to continue providing an enjoyable experience for the people of Great Harwood.

She added: “Jordan used to work as head chef for James’ Places and has always wanted to own his own place ever since working in his dad’s cafe - Jimmy Clitheroe’s in Clitheroe - as a boy.

“He’s been inspired along the way with his food and ambition from the various places he’s worked.

“He’s an amazing chef, enjoys cooking and just wants people to enjoy his food.”