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Catherine Winn, of Bury St Edmunds shop Clear To Sea, talks to MENTA about the help it gave her

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“David Attenborough has always been inspirational and his series The Blue Planet spurred me into doing something to alleviate all the plastic waste,” says Catherine Winn, of Bury St Edmunds-based business Clear to Sea.

The shop has been described as an Aladdin’s cave for environmentally savvy shoppers – you will find a full range of cereals, nuts, sugars, flour, rice, pasta, pulses, grains, herbs, spices, tea, coffee, seeds and dried fruit, as well as reusable nappies.

Catherine opened the business in early 2019 with support from MENTA Business Support, she received start-up business training under the European regional development fund. Now her business story has been captured on film.

Catherine Winn of Clear to Sea
Catherine Winn of Clear to Sea

MENTA’s Nick Pandolfi explains: “We are revisiting some of the hundreds of businesses that benefited from the support of the MENTA delivered business support programme. We wanted to hear about the progress, the start-up challenges as part of a legacy to the great new business entrepreneurs that the team at MENTA has been fortunate to work with and support.”

The film sees Catherine explaining what drove her to start a business later in life and how she has faced the challenges of running a business and her advice to others considering going it alone and building a new business from scratch.

“We worked with fellow new business Greyhound Creative to produce the short film that has Catherine talking and showing the viewer around her shop. I think Catherine is inspiring and her business is a lovey spot to visit and learn how we can amend our shopping habits and make a difference to the planet,” says Mr Pandolfi.

Catherine adds: “I am delighted with the film. I have posted on my Facebook page, and we have already seen new customers paying us a visit.”


You can find Clear to Sea at St John’s House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ