A PEGSWOOD family has bucked the trend by growing their business over the last few years.
And now Sue and Dave Burrow have received more good news as their Jasper’s Newcastle catering franchise is in the running to win a national award.
They launched it at the end of 2008 and have gone from strength to strength, despite opening in the worst recession since World War II.
It was profitable in the first year and as the Burrows head into their fourth, they are well on their way to achieving a £1million turnover.
This has been noted by the judges of the Startups Awards 2011, with Jasper’s Newcastle one of three finalists in the Franchisee Business of the Year category.
The franchise offers catering services to more than 100 corporate clients at all kinds of events and also provides vending machines, office sundries and catering at two cafes in the region.
Mr Burrow said: “We have been happy with how the franchise has developed over the three years and we’ve done well despite a lot of talk about the recession.
“Sue is very good at the networking side of things and we have secured more clients through word of mouth and recommendations. We have also picked up some good customers who are loyal to the Jasper’s brand.
“We’ve worked hard to grow the business, so it would be nice if this was to get us a national award.”
The Burrows recently won a three-year contract with the North East Business and Innovation Centre in Sunderland, worth £800,000, to provide on-site catering facilities for its 350 staff along with hospitality services.
They are looking into opening a second franchise next year, which would be run by their daughter Claire who has worked for Jasper’s Newcastle from the outset.
The company’s Founder and Director, Nathan Siekierski, said: “We’re really pleased that Sue and Dave are being recognised this way.
“They are a credit to Jasper’s — their energy, optimism and dedication to their business translates into sales and success.”
The Startups Awards ceremony will take place in London tomorrow.