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Catherine looking to expand business

Catherine Young, of Carroty Custards, celebrates her ventures second birthday. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.

Catherine Young, of Carroty Custards, celebrates her ventures second birthday. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.

An enterprising businesswoman is looking to embark on ambitious expansion plans after seeing her venture go from strength to strength.

Catherine Young set up Carroty Custards, a community playgroup and children’s party business, two years ago with help from The Business Factory.

She took over a local playgroup and the weekly sessions have grown to offer groups at several venues.

Catherine, of Benton, said: “The opportunity to take over a local playgroup on the verge of being wound-up came along at just the right time.

“Our groups are a chance for parents, grandparents and caregivers to come along, enjoy a friendly chat, a cup of coffee and allow the kids to make new friends and take part in a variety of activities.

“Carroty Custards is a real family affair – I get so much support from my husband and both sets of grandparents – and we are now looking at how we can expand the business further.”

Several parents from the playgroups invited Catherine to run their children’s birthday parties, leading to plans to develop the business.

Catherine added: “Organising and running the children’s parties has enabled us to branch out and our offering now includes catering, celebration cakes and entertainment.

“Carroty Custards is a real family affair – I get so much support from my husband and both sets of grandparents – and we are now looking at how we can expand the business further.”

Paul Buie, head of business and economic development at North Tyneside Council, said: “It is great to see so many businesses like Carroty Custard who have been helped by The Business Factory thriving and growing and coming back to us for further support to help them on the next step of their journey.

“It is this ongoing support and advice that is helping to create not only a wealth of new businesses but businesses with longevity which will grow and provide real employment opportunities for the borough.”

The Business Factory, part of The Raising Enterprise North Tyneside project, funded by North Tyneside Council and ERDF, offers free advice and professional support to anyone planning to start a business in North Tyneside.

For more information contact The Business Factory on (0191) 605 3110, email info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or visit www.businessfactorynt.co.uk

Alternatively drop in at Suite 10, Saville Exchange, North Shields, NE30 ISE.

 

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