A talented Sheffield woman has risen to the occasion by opening her own bakery – with a little help from her old university.
Natalie Hall, aged 24, has just opened Poppies Bakehouse on Ecclesall Road at Banner Cross, serving up pastries, sweet treats and baked savoury goods.
She was given support for the venture by Leeds Beckett University, which awarded her the Vice Chancellor’s Enterprise Scholarship worth £3,000.
Natalie was also given backing by the university’s business incubator which gave her access to dedicated advisors and mentors, and profiling and networking opportunities.
Natalie, a 2012 graduate, said: “I could not be more thrilled to be opening my very own bakehouse in Sheffield, my home city.
“It has been a long-standing dream of mine to open a food-based business and the university’s scholarship and support has assisted me in the process of making this happen.
“The bakery is both a sit-in eaterie and a takeaway. The venue is vintage with a modern twist and has a real home-from-home vibe and atmosphere.
“The menu is a range of savoury dishes including homemade quiches and tarts, warming soups, sandwiches and freshly-baked cakes ranging from traditional Victoria sponges to more adventurous flavoured cupcakes.
“We also cater for children with our Little Munchkins Menu and from Monday to Saturday we will be serving up afternoon tea consisting of finger sandwiches, mini cake bites and scones.”
Leeds Beckett Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Price said: “Our student and graduate scholarship finalists were of an extremely high standard and Natalie’s determination and commitment to achieving her goals, coupled with her innovative and exciting business plan, made her an exceptional and worthy recipient.
“This scholarship will be a real lifeline to help establish Poppies Bakehouse and I wish Natalie every success.”