After a lifelong resident of Newark on leave during the initial national lockdown, they recovered and opened their dream business.

Oliver Reilly, 28, a former employee of another municipal real estate agency, has fulfilled a lifelong dream after setting up his own agency on Middlegate.

“It was something I always wanted to do,” said Oliver.

OLIVER REILLY, 28, has opened a new store in Middlegate, Newark.

“I’ve always dreamed of having my own shop and my own name on the blackboard.”

He said he didn’t expect to start his own business anytime soon, but given his vacation time, he has plenty of time to think and plan for the future.

“Unfortunately, when I went on vacation in March, I was gone for some time, but it gave me the opportunity to put things together and create a business plan,” said Oliver.

“I actually moved to an office that I always wanted, mainly because it’s in Middlegate, one of the busiest streets in town.

“Knowing the space was vacant felt like a sign to just give it a try, so I decided to take the idea further and after six months we got there.

“There is never a right or wrong time to open a store, but given events and the fact that we are nearing the end of the lockdown, hopefully we can return to a new normal and stores will reopen.”

Oliver said choosing Newark as the location for the company was a breeze.

“Newark is a great city, and when I was at work I understood that Newark had some great places,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful place to live and it still has a lot of traditional values, like downtown shops, like the advertiser, while many other places are losing more and more business and going online.

“I know exactly what the city is like all my life.

“It helps when you work in a city or area that you know because you understand the people and are passionate about the place.

“It wouldn’t have been good to be in Lincoln or Grantham if it wasn’t an area that I understood or that I was passionate about.”