With 9 members of staff already employed, Molook is passionate about creating quality employment for local people, including her students.
She says: “Five members of the team are actually past or present students of mine. It is fantastic to have been able to offer not only an education but also meaningful work to them. The business also employs a chef who was unfortunately made redundant due to the pandemic, and all of our team are local to the Ingleby Barwick area.”
Molook was able to access a £10,000 Start Up Scale Up Grant through Tees Valley Business to directly support the creation of two of these new full-time roles.
She says: “The grant helped to support the wages of staff, especially in the first few months of trading. This was a massive help in relieving the pressure of business start- up costs and allowed for the employment of additional staff.”
Further to this financial boost, Molook was also able to access fully funded start-up business support through Tees Valley Business to help develop a business plan and prepare the necessary financial forecasts to get the business off the ground.
She added: “Having this support from another person helps to ease the pressure, especially when you are dealing with all the different elements of starting a new business. My advisor was on hand to discuss and support with the development of each stage of my business plan, from financial planning to understanding our target audience. They were also able to sign-post to other organisations and highlight other funding streams which may be able to help.”
With this backing from the start, The Scene Deli is already looking forward to business growth.
Molook explains: “We are already in the process of further expanding the business’s offer with the provision of live music to enhance the food and drink offer, with our first event just around the corner. I am looking to giving a platform to local performing talent – all of this is part of our vision to make The Scene Deli into a thriving community venue where families can bring in children and generations can mix.”
“I would encourage anyone looking to setting up a business in Tees Valley to get in touch with Tees Valley Business for help and support.”
The Tees Valley Business start-up programme and ‘Start-Up, Scale-Up’ grant is managed by Tees Valley Business, which is the local growth hub for the Tees Valley set up by the Tees Valley Mayor and Tees Valley Combined Authority.
To find out more about The Scene Deli, you can click here to visit its Facebook page.