Natalie goes into business - aged 22
A YOUNG entrepreneur has started her own business aged just 22 – after deciding life is too short to put it off.
Natalie Knight, from Yate, is the owner of the Sunflour Cakery on North Road in the town. She says she was inspired to take the leap and go it alone after losing her father.
Natalie said: “Dad passed away 2 years ago. He always supported me and told me to do what makes me happy. He passed away suddenly and it makes you realise how short life is. It’s given me something to focus on.”
With the average age for someone to start a business believed to be at least 40, Natalie is ahead of the game.
She said: “I was a bit worried about that what people would think but actually I’ve had so many positive comments.”
Natalie studied catering and hospitality at Bath College, and afterwards worked at Woods Restaurant and Lucknam Park Hotel. She progressed up the ranks quickly from the role of waitress to supervisor. At Lucknam Park she trained in the pastry section under executive chef Hywel Jones, whose restaurant has one Michelin star. He gave her positive feedback and said she should start out on her own.
Natalie said: “I’ve had help from friends and family but it’s all been my ideas, the logo, the layout of the kitchen. I had to knock a wall down and extend it – it’s all been what I’ve wanted to do.”
The premises feature a kitchen, a shop with a cupcake counter, and a classroom.
Natalie also makes celebration cakes and hopes to eventually run baking classes and parties. At the moment her Crème Egg cupcakes are flying out of the shop.
She said: “It’s been crazy I’ve been selling so much, I’ve sold out each day. I did a competition on Facebook that’s helped, and once people have been coming in they’ve done reviews and it’s just word of mouth.
“I’ve had people coming from as far as Thornbury and Pucklechurch: it’s been overwhelming.”
Picture shows Natalie Knight at her Sunflour Cakery business in North Road, Yate. Photo: Kez Hawkins