Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Bideford oyster business looks for crowd funding

08:53 09 July 2014

Lyndsay Platt has been using Crowdfunding to get The Glorious Oyster off the ground.

Lyndsay Platt has been using Crowdfunding to get The Glorious Oyster off the ground.

Archant

Mobile oyster business hopes to raise £5,000 to sell local seafood in Westward Ho!

A BIDEFORD woman is hoping to raise £5,000 through crowd funding to help launch a mobile oyster and seafood bar in Westward Ho!

Lyndsay Platt was made redundant from her job in Bristol as a youth worker and started The Glorious Oyster two years ago.

She was inspired when she saw a fishmonger selling oysters on a Saturday morning outside his shop and despite being warned against it, she decided to give it a go.

“I bought a load of oysters, went down to a street market and pretty much sold out – that was my make or break moment,” said Lyndsay.

“It took off since and now I have noticed a real gap in the market down here for street food selling sustainable, local seafood.”

Since moving to North Devon last year Lyndsay has been sourcing oysters from a farm at Instow and successfully applied for a license to sell them in Westward Ho!

“I love the look on people’s faces, especially children, when they pluck up the courage to try oysters for the first time,” she said.

“So much of the seafood and fish caught here is shipped away before the local people even have a chance to buy it.

“It won’t just be oysters though – I’ll be selling a range of local seafood including crab, mussels, scallops, squid, lobster and whelk.

“I hope because of the local aspect and sustainability, people will get behind The Glorious Oyster.”

Lyndsay is hoping the money raised through Crowdfunder will enable her to purchase and convert her friend’s horsebox to run the business from.

The idea is people can donate as much or little as they like through the crowd funding website until July 16, in return for a pledge from the business.

Pledges range from a £5 voucher if you donate £10 or more, to company sponsorship and catering for an event of 50 people for larger donations.

Lyndsay has already raised more than £1,200 and has also secured funding through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s sustainable development fund.

To read more about The Glorious Oyster or pledge funding visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/The-Glorious-Oyster/ before 11am on Wednesday, July 16.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:08
Be a good egg this Pancake Day

Hen welfare charity urges pancake chefs to go free range and make a donation at the same time

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
James Kiff will be supporting North Devon Hospice at a series of motorcycle off-road enduro events this year. Picture: Andy Keeble

Road racer switches to endurance off-road to raise money for North Devon Hospice in friend’s name.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:26
Archers fan Paul Trueman has raised 10s of thousands of pounds for Refuge

A fan of The Archers has raised almost £50,000 for a domestic violence charity in less than seven days.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:05
Saunton Sands car park

Application goes before planning committee at Barnstaple Rugby Club tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10am

Read more
Yesterday, 11:10

Police warn of spate of scam calls in North Devon from people pretending to be computer engineers.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:48
North Devon PCSO Peter Hyde will be taking on the role of retained fire fighter as well.

PCSOs in North Devon are becoming trained as retained fire fighters in new pilot scheme which is gaining national attention.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:29
Majorie Walton, 101 and Jessie Prentice, 103, at Goldens Sands Care Home in Westward Ho!

Two friends at Golden Sands residential home celebrate 102nd and 103rd birthdays this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:15
How the Torrington Creamery site could look.

Developers say Torridge District Council failed to come to an outcome on the plans submitted in June last year for new houses at the old Torrington creamery.

Read more
Mon, 22:23
Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Huge waves batter the promenade as gale force winds and high tides combine to unleash dramatic display of Mother Nature on the North Devon coast

Read more
Mon, 18:02
The Gazette has launched the A Better Link for North Devon campaign to help speed up improvements to the North Devon Link Road and highlight just how crucial it is to the region and its economy.

Surveys will help form part of multi-million-pound bid for major improvements to A361 and A30 between Bideford and Tiverton.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications