A young couple who were out of work for years have bounced back by going into business together.
Parents Kerry Ingram and Scott Dixon had almost given up hope after several failed attempts at getting back into the world of work.
But their prayers were answered when their local sandwich shop, Valley Snax in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield, went up for sale.
Kerry, aged 27, was baffled as to why owners wanted to sell the popular business.
She said: “I went in and asked them why they were closing and they said they had their eye on somewhere else. The woman behind the counter told me to buy it.
“At first I thought it was ridiculous, but I went away and thought about it more and more.”
With encouragement from Scott, aged 25, Kerry set about setting up shop together as a couple.
They were awarded £4,000 from Sheffield Council’s young entrepreneurs’ fund, which they used to install new fridges.
Kerry then turned to Gleadless Valley Community Forum for help with a business plan and management training.
Working for themselves means Scott and Kerry can juggle shifts between caring for their children Charlie, five, and three-year-old Sammie.
The arrangement is made all the more convenient by the fact they live doors down from the Blackstock Road eaterie.
Business is booming at Valley Snax - a first stop for hungry members of the local community. Even a recent fire did not douse the flames of desire for their famous butties.
Kerry said: “It’s been great - I didn’t know many locals before, but they have been so supportive.”
Sue Dixon, of Gleadless Valley Community Forum, said: “Scott and Kerry are both young and were previously unemployed but wanted to change their lives and provide more opportunities for their children.”