Cobbler’s trade booming after Harry’s tip-off

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 April 2016

Budleigh cobbler Matt Standley. Ref exb 15-16TI 8790. Picture: Terry Ife

Budleigh cobbler Matt Standley. Ref exb 15-16TI 8790. Picture: Terry Ife


The owner of a recently opened cobbler’s shop in Budleigh Salterton this week said trade had gone from strength to strength.

Matt Standley, 35, from Exmouth, moved into the shop recently vacated by Bargain Arts in High Street.

He set up the business after hearing from the owner of the building, Harry Carter, that a shoe repair shop was one of the most wanted businesses in the town.

Matt, who used to manage the Wet Plaice fishmongers across the road, has been inundated with work since.

He said: “The town was doing some kind of survey and Harry mentioned to me that a cobbler was really what was wanted in the town, so I went for it.

“Everyone has been brilliant.

“I’ve got so much work to do – the shoe side of the business is really busy, but it’s the more specialist leather work that takes the time.

“I get a lot of work in from outside the town because I do a lot of specialist leather work that other shoe repairers cannot do.”

Matt, who lives with his partner and her children, first got into shoe repairs after leaving school 19 years ago.

He was working in a fishmongers in Farnham, Surrey, when a friend of the family suggested he could work with him at a shoe repair shop.

Matt and his family moved to Devon two-and-a-half years ago after enjoying a holiday in the area.

He had been working for the Exe Cobbler, in Exmouth, when the manager of Wet Plaice asked him to help out.

It was while working as manager at the Budleigh fishmongers that Harry Carter told him about the opportunity.

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