Success tastes sweet

A MORPETH woman’s plans to achieve the sweet taste of success with her sauce has been endorsed by an MP.

Louise Bailey’s Red Rascal business has been chosen for the Made By Britain national scheme designed to highlight firms that are making their mark in the manufacturing industry.

After creating her sweet chilli sauce for family and friends, word of mouth meant demand quickly grew and she teamed up with her husband Steve and Dawn Wilson – who met her at Westfield School in Gosforth where their daughters are pupils – to launch it as an enterprise.

Originally called Devlish, Red Rascal now supplies its products to a range of local and national restaurants, supermarkets and outlets, including the Wyevale Garden Centre Group and the Corbridge Larder deli in Morpeth.

It was nominated for the scheme by Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, who came across the sauce at the EAT! NewcastleGateshead festival.

Mrs Bailey, who grew up in Morpeth and now lives in Nedderton Village, said: “I wanted to create a chilli sauce that tasted fresh and sumptuous and it proved popular with family and friends, then it started to be appreciated by a wider audience.

“We decided to turn it into a business after building up a great following and since then we have worked tirelessly to put Red Rascal on the local map. Consequently, we’re now having some national success.

“Even though times are tough, we’re benefiting from people not going out for dinner as much and the fact that it’s a British home-made sauce is also a positive.

“We were delighted to receive the nomination from Chi, who says she will continue to support us in the future.”