A former Royal Air Force chef from Barrowby has received funding to buy his own deli and coffee shop.
Following 23 years with the force, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kirk Stubbs has taken ownership of village’s The Cakehole. With a deli, store and café, The Cakehole specialises in hand-made food – from cakes, and chutneys, to bread and cheeses − using locally-sourced seasonal produce.
On seeing The Cakehole up for sale, Kirk turned to NatWest relationship manager Frances Simpson – successfully securing a six-figure loan. The investment has enabled Kirk to buy and remodel the Grade II listed premises, on Main Street. A bistro night has also been introduced every Friday, with Kirk’s future plans including the launch of an own-branded coffee range.
Kirk is now managing an existing team of 10 staff, with one new role having been created. He said: “Buying The Cakehole and owning a business for the first time is a real life’s dream for both myself and my family.
“Of course it’s scary taking on a business, but I believe that if you have 100 per cent faith in your idea then it’s the right thing to do. I’m pleased that Frances and the team at NatWest gave me the backing I needed to make it possible.”
Frances Simpson, relationship manager for NatWest, said: “It has been a real pleasure to have been able to support Kirk on his journey to becoming a business owner.
“I am confident that he has the skills and drive to make a real success of The Cakehole and I look forward to watching the business grow.”