I have been a keen baker and lover of food for as long as I remember. I was surrounded by the most delicious bakes for most of my childhood that had been made either by my mum or my mum’s mum. I thank them both for teaching and passing their baking secrets onto me, because of them food is my passion.
Food Tech was my favourite lesson at school, after passing it with flying colours in GCSE I then went on to do Home Economics at A Level. I wanted to go onto University and train to be a Chef however I was told that I wasn’t clever enough to do this. I went to University anyway but to do Sport Studies which was another passion of mine at the time.
I returned to Warwick after finishing University and found myself working for the local Government alongside my mum. I love my job but I just didn’t feel like this was my calling. 3 years ago I started to make brownies for my friends and family, one of my friends said that I was really onto something with my delicious brownies and encouraged me to set myself up as a business. I would sell them when I worked for Spectacular Goat (Street Food trader) and they would sell out at most events we traded at.
The brownies were getting too popular to sell whilst working alongside Spectacular Goat so I finally decided to go on my own. Beki’s Brownies officially launched in November 2015 at the Warwick Rocks Chocolate Festival and to say that it has gone from strength to strength would be an understatement. Mum & I still work full time at the council and bake in most of our evenings at home. Since launching we became self-funding in 4 months, started to use locally sourced Chocolate from Henley Chocolate’s, have been invited to trade at food festivals around Warwickshire and beyond, been interviewed twice by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, supply 5 local and small independent businesses in Warwick & Leamington, launched our homemade Salted Caramel Jars to celebrate our 1st birthday & raise money for a fantastic local charity called 353 (www.353.org.uk) and our most recent achievement is moving into our first ever baking unit.
Since moving into our unit I have taken on a less flexible role at the council which means my mum is now doing more of the baking. She works 8-2 everyday, then goes up to the unit and bakes brownies for either ourselves or customers. I then join her from 5pm and continue to bake or deliver to our customers. It is really hard work as we bake/deliver every night but we are loving every minute. We have officially halved our production time since moving into the unit and we have events booked up all the way until December and we have 4 weddings booked in as well. I am aiming to launch our online shop and website this time next year so my dream of doing brownies full time is ever closer becoming a reality.
We are so honoured to be a finalist at the Networking Mummies Awards 2017 in the Small Business of the Year Category. To be recognised for our hard work and achievements with our business is amazing and we cannot wait for the awards.