Sally’s Kickstart caters for growth

UK Steel Enterprise's Allan Wood enjoys a cup of coffee with Sally Corns at her new coffee and cake shop.
UK Steel Enterprise's Allan Wood enjoys a cup of coffee with Sally Corns at her new coffee and cake shop.
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When Sally Corns moved back to Wath upon Dearne she wanted to use her catering skills to start working for herself, baking and selling cakes.

Now, thanks to financial support from UK Steel Enterprise’s Kickstart Fund she has gone one step further and opened her own coffee shop selling all homemade fare.

Sally moved back to South Yorkshire after working in various catering jobs, including at the Bolton Castle Tea Rooms in Wensleydale, and set about creating her own job.

After getting help with business planning from Rotherham Youth Enterprise, Sally, 29, applied for a grant from UK Steel Enterprise to convert a former chip shop in Church Street, Wath, into Sally Shortcake.

“When we stripped the old fryers out it took up most of the tiling, so the floor had to be re-laid. I also needed good quality signage outside,” said Sally.

“I used all the grant from UKSE to do the floor and the sign as well as topping up the budget with some of my own funds, but if it had not been for the grant I could not have opened up – the new floor was just so important to get sorted.”

Sally has already embarked on a plan to expand her new business by providing external catering for lunches and parties and is planning to open on special occasions like Mother’s Day when she will be serving special cakes and biscuits

Allan Wood, regional executive for UK Steel Enterprise, which has helped more than 200 people start a business in Rotherham since 2009, said: “Sally’s passion for cooking really good food is obvious to anyone who has tasted one of her cakes.

“It’s great to be able to welcome back and support entrepreneurs that want to build businesses in South Yorkshire and we hope to be doing the same for even more in 2014.”

UK Steel Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to start-up businesses to purchase essential equipment and or services that can get them trading. Its main investment fund provides business finance in amounts from £25,000 up to £750,000 to companies.