Starting up & Succeeding
Moving on from the market, Caroline takes the group on a mystery tour of further gastronomic delights to sample the atmosphere and menu at local restaurants, cafés, and historic pubs. With an emphasis on showcasing locally produced food and drink, there is no shortage of inspiration and no chance that anyone could end this tour hungry.
Keen to encourage visitors to support local producers, Caroline is clearly passionate about the sector and relishes the chance to shine a spotlight on it. “I still can’t believe that I have my own business. It’s still a dream to me,” she explains. “Every day I do my work, but it doesn’t feel like work. I think if someone like me doesn’t shout about the great things that we have, who else is going to do it and get it out to our local market? A lot of people here are probably going to the supermarket and don’t see the small producers, who are local and doing wonderful things.”
Established in her former career, Caroline’s decision to move into a new sector was a bold one. But she says, “It has as much to do with right time and right place as much as it has to do with planning and organisation. It was just exactly the right time for me to do it. I don’t think I would have believed I would end up doing this three years ago.” She adds: “The idea of giving up a secure job to start your own business is a very scary thing, but I think if you know what you’re doing and have really tested the market, then it’s definitely something everyone should do and take the leap.”