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The outlook is sweet for The Pudding Pantry
Anthony Quinn from Nottingham has a background in hospitality and the appropriate qualifications to take the plunge into self employment in April 2014.
Anthony had the idea for ‘The Pudding Pantry‘ – a food and coffee lovers haven in central Nottingham after becoming aware of a gap in the market between the average cafe and coffee shop. Anthony said “What was missing from both cafes and coffee shops was great dining. The Pudding Pantry offers excellence in service and produce, in a coffee shop environment and setting. Our specialty is desserts and all things sweet; we offer table service and we make sure that everyone has a fantastic experience, so they keep coming back!
“I had the idea but needed some help to make it a reality as I had never run my own business before.”
Anthony was keen to move his business forward but knew that he needed some sound business advice to take things to the next level. He met with Business Advisor, Sulhail Hashmi from NBV (part of the Nwes Group), at a networking event, and went on to receive personal business advice from Sulhail: “Anthony had a great business idea and a real passion for creating great food and a great customer experience.
“I helped him move his business idea to trading as quickly as possible. To do this we focused on business planning and an element of funding investment.”
“The support I received has been invaluable,” said Anthony ” and I would not have got this far without it.”
As with any new business start-up there have been an equal number of challenges and successes during Anthony’s journey to self-employment. “I have had challenges, mainly from unscrupulous suppliers and tradesmen, who have not always been completely transparent.” said Anthony. “However, I am a lot stronger after these experiences and would say to anyone just starting out ‘push through and believe in what you are doing‘!”
Anthony has his business plan mapped out for the future. “In the short term the plan is to make the concept work and be profitable. For the long-term I’d like to develop the brand to roll out across the East Midlands. I’m currently employing eight staff, and I hope to take on more in the future, both at our Nottingham site and across the region.”
Anthony Quinn is a client of NBV (part of the Nwes Group), supporting businesses in the East Midlands.
Under the Ready for Business programme, Anthony received 95 hours of support, created 8 new jobs, and leveraged £75,000 client equity.