Wherever I lay my hat

Improving the residential offer in the town centre

Moving house is supposed to be one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, but for Emma Nosurak, she moved house and relocated her business to Stockport within a matter of weeks. “I was walking around Stockport one day and I just thought ‘it’s really nice. I’m going to end up living here’,” says Emma. “I like the charm of the place. It reminds me of somewhere like York or Harrogate, it has a lot of potential.

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“I have settled in to the town and work is going well. Plant Shop is a great environment and because I had already established my business, the move has gone well and customers have followed me here.” Emma moved into the Hopes Carr development in Stockport this summer. Hopes Carr is the first element in the Covent Garden Village, a mixed-tenure residential urban village that will deliver 250 new homes, new shops and a park in the heart of the town centre.

Stockport Council is working in partnership with Seddon to deliver the new neighbourhood. Designed by architects Bowker Sadler, the five-storey block of 46 new apartments is owned and managed by Stockport Homes.

Emma says: “It suits me. I can walk to work. It’s in a great location, close to the town centre. The train station is a few minutes away with direct links to London and I can get to Manchester Airport when I need to go to Europe.”

I was walking around Stockport one day and I just thought I’m going to end up living here. I like the charm of the place.
— Emma Nosurak, Hopes Carr resident and owner of Plant Shop

As well as running Plant Shop, Emma is also bookings manager for Craig Charles and was part of the team producing his BBC 6 Music radio show, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show. 

“It is busy. I have worked with Craig for a few years now and he’s very popular. Plant Shop doubles up as my office and, when I need to, I can get to Manchester or Liverpool easily. I also manage a band and that means I sometimes go to Europe, too.”

Emma doesn’t have a lot of free time but says that she likes to get her breakfast at the nearby Tandem café. “I’m still exploring and discovering new places. Working here is great. It’s fresh and people are friendly. Selling plants is a great thing as people buy them and look after them and that is rewarding.”

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Hopes Carr resident Emma Nosurak, who also owns local business Plant Shop

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External views of the Hopes Carr housing development