December 12 2013 Latest news:
By Anne Edwards
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Just a month after giving up her job as a speech and language therapy assistant, Laura Abel took a leap into the unknown – and opened her dream coffee shop.
But the married mum of two wasn’t unprepared, in fact she had a studied with NWES for a business NVQ 14 years earlier.
Zapanala Coffee is on The Street at the heart of Hemsby, providing coffees, soups, cakes, salads, paninis and wraps. Everything is home-made by Laura.
The shop opened on June 1 this year and Laura said: “My coffee shop is one of the few businesses in Hemsby that stays open all year round. Our products are home-made and the coffee and service is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble.
“I completed the NVQ with NWES about 14 years ago and have never had the courage to do anything with it until now, and I have been working with NWES again.
“I have always wanted my own coffee shop and after completing a Barista coffee course in Yorkshire with my husband in December last year, and qualifying as a book-keeper, I decided to bite the bullet.”
Laura gave up her job with the NHS in May and donned her pinny!
“I have had both my children helping me out over the summer slong with two of their friends. Now they are back at school and college I have recently employed a lovely addition to the shop, Lesley Scott, who is the calm to my panic!
“Everything is homemade by myself using locally sourced ingredients when possible and can be eaten in or taken away. We can also provide small buffets and have lots of offers and discounts including 20pc off for over 65s on Wednesdays and 10pc for emergency services and NHS staff.”
Laura found out about NWES after having her second son and wanting to get back into some sort of training to enable her to have a business and a family.
“The help I received was informative and made the course very enjoyable. Now I have started the business I have been liaising with Jessica Collin, who has given me some great advice and is helping me stay focused to keep my business growing.”
And what tips or advice would Laura give to those starting or growing a business?
“I would make sure you have business training behind you and research as much as you can about everything you may need for your business, from things like suppliers to planning permission and licences.”
Zapanala Coffee is on Facebook and Twitter @zapanalacoffee
email at email@example.com, or call 01493 717505 for information.
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