Staffordshire cookshop owner Debbie Hulse has walked away with a cash prize as a winner in her local Business Boost competition.
Thyme to Cook, in Newcastle Under Lyme, impressed the judges so much that she was voted best in the Impact of the Borough category, and was awarded £2,000.
The judges in the competition, open to any operation under three years old, looked for a business that stood out and encouraged consumers to visit a town. They required a business plan and a presentation to demonstrate that the owner not only knew their business but also where it was going.
Hulse told HousewaresLive.net: “I got the cookshop on April 28 2008, and the first thing I did was change the window displays and layout of the shop, and introduce more affordable ranges like Horwood’s Judge range. I discontinued a lot of items I felt didn’t suit the shop or market.
“Winning was a real boost to me – as the competition meant it to be. You know, we all work hard on our shops and hope what we’re doing is the right thing. The prize means I can now fund a website, which I know is late in the day, but a necessity for the future.”