A PASSION for catering and an eye for style have helped a Scarborough mother launch her first business venture.
Sarah Courtney has created Vintage Service, offering catering and china hire for a range of occasions.
Specialising in afternoon tea and cakes, Mrs Courtney saw a gap in the market to capitalise on the new popularity of “vintage” style.
With a career in catering behind her, and an eagerness to return to work after having children, Mrs Courtney saw it as an ideal opportunity to go into business on her own.
She said: “Pretty much throughout my career all my jobs have been in catering or hotels.
“However, for the last nine years I have been a stay-at-home mother.
“I wanted to get back into work, but I wanted a business that could be operated from home once both my children started school, and that didn’t let my qualifications in catering go to waste. Vintage china is very popular at the moment so I decided to combine that with a catering element and create Vintage Service.”
Mrs Courtney said that after a home visit from Environmental Health, she was given the green light to set up the business.
Only a few weeks in, Vintage Service has already received orders for a range of events including weddings and birthday parties.
Mrs Courtney added: “the service appeals to a whole spectrum of folk, such as people celebrating wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays or simply refreshments for socials or funeral wakes.
“The whole vintage look is so popular and has crossed over into many different areas such as weddings, christenings and hen parties, even corporate functions and product launches.”