Tamworth couple hope to transform the delivery of financial services by creating a one-stop shop | The daily leader of the North


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NESTLED in the heart of rue Marius, you might miss it if you don’t look. But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes in the old hostel building, as Mark and Susie Slack-Smith prepare to breathe new life into Tamworth’s business district. When the couple purchased the historic building, they saw a gap in the market for a one-stop shop to meet residents’ financial needs. “No other financial service can offer comprehensive loan options combined with accounting and business advisory services,” Ms. Slack-Smith said. READ ALSO: Under the same roof, the building houses Slack-Smith Financial, Yellow Brick Road Tamworth home loan service and The Bureau cafe. “[Clients] can sit down with us and receive solutions to any financial issues,” Ms. Slack-Smith said. But it’s not just a big business milestone for the Slack-Smiths. Tim and Kirsty Abra will take over the cafe at the bottom of the building to live out their passion for hospitality and provide a showcase for their current business, The Daily Cupcake Co. Until now, their cupcake business has operated solely as a service online delivery, giving them the opportunity to reach new customers. an exciting prospect to have a public space dedicated to our cupcakes,” Ms. Abra said. “There’s nothing quite like having a cabinet full of colorful cupcakes in front of you. The couple said they invested the same amount of energy in The Bureau and hoped to help mentor the next generation of hospitality workers and be the go-to brewing house for locals. design and available offerings.” But it doesn’t stop there. The Slack-Smiths are hop The addition of a private apartment, gym and childcare center located in the building will help them stand out of their competitors.” It’s a unique concept for financial services, one that offers convenience and benefits,” said Ms. Slack-Smith. “It’s a way to give back to [clients] and break the mold of the traditional settled office.” While the couple hope to put a modern spin on the provision of financial services at Tamworth, one thing they decided not to change, but rather to preserve, was the history of the The building’s architraves and ceilings remain the same, while a luxury reception and meeting room, complete with a long lounge and bar, hopes to provide a breath of fresh air. ‘old and new designed to pay homage to the building’s history,’ Ms Slack-Smith said. Located at 169 Marius Street, the financial center is expected to be fully operational by mid-February. Our reporters are working hard to providing local and up-to-date information to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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