A MUM has realised her ambitions of opening a children's play centre after struggling to find somewhere to take her toddler - and is already on the way to opening a second site.
Alison Wake, a former management consultant with the NHS in Ealing, London, identified a gap in the market for a safe, secure and accessible play facility in Gosforth, Newcastle, after returning to her native North East.
With the help of Newcastle law firm Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, she is now the proud owner of pirate-themed playcentre Captain Ted’s, in Gosforth Shopping Centre, which she named after her son Teddy, two.
The centre, which employs 10 people and welcomes children from birth to eight years old, includes an in-house café.
Ms Wake said: “It was hard to find a play facility with all aspects I was looking for as a mum and, although many mums talk about opening play facilities, I saw it as a challenge I was ready to take on. My procurement career in the NHS has stood me in good stead.”
She received help building the business from solicitors Mincoffs. Claire Catterson, of Mincoffs, said: “The premises in Gosforth Shopping Centre had been empty for three years and everyone involved was keen to see them back in use and bringing additional customers into the shopping centre. We’re delighted to have helped support Alison in her new venture and wish here every success.”