Attending business workshops funded by South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire District Councils, in partnership with enterprise agency Nwes, was the launch pad Sally Neville needed. Her Duxford-based catering business The Bea’s Teas is going from strength to strength and Sally is enthusiastic about the skills and advice she received, which has already boosted her success.
Offering bespoke afternoon tea party catering and everything associated with it such as full afternoon teas, cream teas, cakes, desserts, vintage crockery, linen, glass and cutlery hire, The Bea’s Teas has enjoyed a busy few months.
What was your motivation to book the business support workshops?
I’m the first to admit that I didn’t know where to begin with starting up a business and this is why I booked my place on the business support workshops. I haven’t looked back and would encourage other fledgling businesses and those with aspirations to be their own boss to also take advantage of this free training and support.
What skills and knowledge did you gain?
Possibly the biggest gain from the sessions was regarding the business plan. It may sound very obvious, but to really look deeply into the financial figures you are likely to achieve is vital for any business. It has to be viable to be worth it. I needed to know I could make a living from it.
The workshops were also ideal in helping to understand what needed to be put in place to make the business legal and how to go about achieving those requirements. Nwes Business Advisor, Suzanne Willett, was so knowledgeable, very reassuring and encouraging. It was just what I needed to guide me through at the beginning to get started.
How is the business training still of benefit to you?
I hit the ground sprinting but I still check the information and advice I received in those early days as I move the business forward. I have referred back to the business plan many times. To see it all there in black and white can throw up surprises. It has changed the way I see the future of The Bea’s Teas. It has forced me out of my comfort zone for the sake of furthering the business.
What are the highlights of running your own business?
Catering for 75 members of the Saudi Royal family and their friends and associates, including HRH Duke of Cambridge, has been my highlight to date. I am relishing being my own boss and anticipate that soon I will need to employ some help as I continue to get busier. At times it seems really scary, but it’s so worth it when you achieve success.
To find out more about the Business Workshop programme and book your place on the same workshops as Sally please contact Nwes on 0845 6099991 / firstname.lastname@example.org / https://www.nwes.org.uk/advice-and-training/how-to-grow-your-business/business-support-workshops-cambs
South Cambridgeshire District Council – Nicole Kritzinger 01954 713454 / Nicole.Kritzinger@scambs.gov.uk
Huntingdonshire District Council – Ben Hooson 01480 388074 / Ben.Hooson@huntingdonshire.gov.uk
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