Garden company

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A TOWN councillor is hoping to watch his profits grow after investing £15,000 in a gardening supply store.

Joe Booth, 44, has opened Growin ‘n’ Mowin on Goods Road, Belper and is hoping to tap into some of the custom created by the demise of the town’s Focus DIY store, which shut its doors last summer.

He said: “Since Focus has closed many people are having to travel out of Belper into Derby for a lot of things. People complained about the prices but it was convenient.

“Being local, I’m hoping Belper people will support this as they won’t have to spend £5 on diesel travelling to get here.”

Mayor Alan Cox cut the ribbon on the store, which currently stocks everything from seeds to compost, fertiliser, grow bags and machinery and also carries out servicing and repairs.