THE owners of a popular Highbridge furniture store are celebrating after being selected as a finalist in the Somerset Business Awards.

Sopha has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category in this year’s awards which are set to take place on October 25.

The store is owned by Burnham-on-Sea couple Matt and Emily Scott who acquired the former George Hotel and a derelict tattoo studio in Church Street in July 2016 and spent two years transforming it into a modern furniture store and coffee shop. 

Speaking about the awards, Matt said: “This is a huge achievement for us as we have not yet been open a year.

“We have been shortlisted for several other awards but being one of the final new businesses in the whole of Somerset is certainly the top accolade given the record breaking number of entries this year.”

The popular furniture store, which opened in November last year, sells handmade beds, sofas, tables and chairs as well as lights, bedding, clocks and cushions and employs 12 staff. 

Emily and Matt will have to wait until the awards at the Winter Gardens Pavilion in Weston-super-Mare on October 25 to find out if they have won and Emily said she is excited to attend the event.

“We were excited to hear earlier this month we were shortlisted for a judges visit, when we could share our business ideas and demonstrate our excellent customer service through our hardworking team.

“We’re humbled following the visit to find that they had put us through to the final three for this award.

“We look forward to attending the awards evening being held next month. We would like to wish all the other finalists good luck.”