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Funding Helps Blantyre Business Woman
A Blantyre baker is set to turn her lifelong dream into a reality after receiving help from South Lanarkshire Council’s Business Support Team.
Hazel Krawczyk’s Butterfly Bakery and Coffee Shop opened its doors yesterday in Uddingston Main Street – after three years of operating from the family home in Blantyre.
Now Hazel is raring to go with the advice, support and grant funding from the council also allowing her to create new full-time and part-time jobs.
She explained: “I’ve loved baking and cookery since I was young and learned avidly from my mum, who is a fabulous cook. But when I left school there were few opportunities to turn this passion into a career.”
Years of working in retail, banking and communications did nothing to inspire her creativity and, in 2013, she unexpectedly faced redundancy.
While considering her next step, a request from a neighbour looking for a bespoke birthday cake led to an “overwhelming response” on social media.
As the business has grown, so has Hazel’s desire to expand and establish a family-friendly bakery and coffee shop on her Lanarkshire home turf.
Advice and grant funding from South Lanarkshire Council has been pivotal in getting the business off the ground.
Councillor Chris Thompson, chair of the council’s enterprise services committee, is delighted that such support is enabling entrepreneurs to take their first steps into business start-up.
He added: “It is very encouraging indeed to witness the birth of a new business in South Lanarkshire, and even more so one that will create employment opportunities.
“The move to commercial premises can be a daunting one, but I am pleased that our business support team has been able to play a part in creating the base from which new entrepreneurs can grow.
“I wish Hazel and her business every success for what I am sure will be a very bright future.”
Hazel added: “My dream has always been to create a hub which is at the heart of the community and have worked hard to get here.
“I am grateful for the support of the council, Business Gateway, family, friends and existing customers and am excited about what lies ahead.”
The new premises at 54 Main Street, Uddingston, will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm; and Sunday, 10am-2pm.
Find out more at www.hazelsbutterflybakery.co.uk or search for Hazel’s Butterfly Bakery on Facebook.
More information on the advice and funding offered by the council’s Business Support Team is available at www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk.