Blackheath Cooks cookery school and cookshop in south-east London has reluctantly been put up for sale by devoted founder and owner Joy Neal.
Blackheath Cooks developed from a kids’ cookery business (Munchkins Kids Cooking) that Joy run since 2005. It opened in December 2010 and now offers a huge range of cookery classes for adults and children as well as a “small but perfectly formed” cookshop.
The cookery school is “going from strength to strength,” Joy says: it was short-listed for Best Community Cookery School in the 2012 Looking To Cook Awards and Best English Cookery School in the 2012 British Cookery School Awards.
The cookshop side of the business focuses on bakeware, cake decorating, giftware (such as enamelware, aprons and food-scented candles), tools and gadgets, and kids’ cooking equipment, sourced from around 35 suppliers.
Joy told www.HousewaresLive.net: “I am looking to sell the business because I no longer have the time to run it myself. But it is a great little business with a fantastic team and a very loyal local customer base (who would be very cross if we closed!).”
She explained: “I had my first baby 10 months ago and have managed to juggle working full time with spending time with him (because we’re a cookery school, a lot of my work is evenings and weekends, so I can often be at home during the day).
However, I’ve just found out I’m expecting twins, and with the prospect of three babies under 16 months, I’ve decided to spend some time focusing on my family and take a break from running a business.”
Interested parties can email Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02082691331.