A former plumber with a passion for fine foods has taken the self employment plunge in County Durham.
Peter Brennan has traded pipework for local produce after launching The Terrace Kitchen cafe and deli in Easington Village.
Terrace Kitchen was set up with a goal of sourcing ingredients from local suppliers, supporting the farming community and to be free from processed food.
Brennan set up the business with support from enterprise agency TEDCO and its business start-up support programme Ready for Business.
He said: “The idea for Terrace Kitchen had been forming slowly in my head for many years but I was becoming increasingly aware that taking a leap of faith into something I believed in, might actually work for me and my family.
”During my market research I knew that many cafe's tend to be quite similar to one another but I knew that I wanted to offer something which reflected my own tastes and hopefully that of my customers.
“All meat is prepared by me so we don’t have any pre-cooked deli meats on the menu.
“The Terrace Kitchen had potential, but the with the support of Ready for Business and James (Craft), I was also able to step back and take stock of everything – a luxury very few new business owners really have.”
TEDCO business advisor James Craft said: “Ready for Business is structured to help people navigate what can be a complicated process to setting up in business.”