Two former call centre workers are overcoming a double redundancy and launching the North-East's first milkshake bar.
Ian Philpot and Leanne Fenwick, who were both made redundant after combined service of more than a decade for mobile phone firm Orange, are opening the doors to Shakeaholic on Saturday. The 26-year-olds, both from Peterlee in County Durham, have invested more than £25,000 fitting out the bar at 88 Clayton Street in Newcastle city centre.
Ian said: "I initially had the idea of starting up a business when I was on holiday with my brother last summer.
"We flew back into Bristol airport and, as I've always loved milkshakes, we walked into a milkshake bar in the city centre.
"Milkshake bars are thriving in the south of England and we saw an opportunity to bring the concept to the North-East."
Shakeaholic will take customers' favourite chocolate bars and blend them into milkshakes.
The pair both gained a place on the New Entrepreneur Scholarship course at Durham University Business School. They also received a grant from the Prince's Trust and funding towards their marketing strategy from Business Link Tyne & Wear.
Leanne says: "Opening a further two milkshake bars, one in Sunderland and one in Durham, is our longer-term aim."