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Ben Hawkins

Ben Hawkins

Da Bara Bakery

Outset Cornwall has given me specific ideas to help me find enough customers to make a healthy business out of my passion. All you need is a good idea, they will show you how to do the rest!

Ben’s story

“We had the tools to make our product (our hands!), but didn’t have a clue how to go about making a business out of it,” says Ben. “It seemed so risky and complicated to start a business without some expert guidance.”

Ben came to Outset Cornwall in November 2010 to get some much-needed support on developing his business idea. “The Outset programme was excellent! It simplified all sorts of things including sales, profit and loss; in fact everything you need to know about business became suddenly and completely un-daunting.”

Ben’s new business, whose mission statement is ‘to give everyone a reason to own a bread knife’, is a producer of fine European and English breads and pastries for wholesale to the hotel/restaurant trade and retail outlets. Da Bara’s products are aimed at the customer who prefers to pay an honest price for something which hasn’t been rushed.

“Outset Cornwall has given me specific ideas to help me find enough customers to make a healthy business out of my passion. All you need is a good idea, they will show you how to do the rest!”

Ben hopes to grow his business slowly, without compromising on quality, to a point where a local team can be recruited and trained, enabling Da Bara to spread their reach as wide as possible.

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