Laura Pears is the proud business owner of a new café, D’Dee’s Café. This is her story of how Enterprise Made Simple helped her create her business.
D’Dee’s Café opened their doors in September of 2019 and provides delicious, hearty, homecooked and affordable dishes to the bustling community.
Single mother Laura Pears was claiming Jobseekers Allowance when she enquired about self-employment support. Laura was directed to the Enterprise Made Simple team and started her journey on the New Enterprise Allowance programme (funded by ESF).
Laura was assigned a business mentor who assisted with producing a detailed business plan. Upon the approval of this, Laura was able to access a start-up loan and grant funding. During the mentoring stage, Laura enhanced her skills by gaining a level 3 qualification in the food industry along with courses in cooking on a budget and barista training.
Laura is a mother to 2 daughters. Her journey has not been easy but her strong work ethic and resourcefulness have allowed her to achieve her dreams. Her daughters have been the main source of determination throughout the process (and have even become part of the namesake of the establishment!).
Not only has Laura created a role for herself as the owner of D’Dee’s Café but also created 2 additional positions within her premise as assistants. Laura has gained the business support skills through workshops where she developed digital, bookkeeping and marketing strategies. This support is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Additionally, Laura is in the process of accessing a grant based on job creation which is an integrated funding supply through NEEAL and ERDF under the Business Compass brand.
The vision Laura had, in the beginning, was to create an inviting, welcoming and friendly place for the people of the neighbourhood to come together and enjoy a meal in a relaxing environment. The people of Eston have played a big part in Laura’s success and together with their words of encouragement have been supportive every step of the way!
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We are a Delivery Partner in the Business Compass Start Up 2 project. This is a business start-up project being delivered across Tees Valley to assist potential entrepreneurs to become enterprise-ready and ultimately self-employed. This is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund