When Lanarkshire mums Sasha Bruce and Lynn Semple decided to launch their business the pair looked to their own young families for inspiration to get the cookery venture moving.
Launched in April, with support from Business Gateway, Smarty Pans aims to give kids a healthier attitude to food through a series of fun hands on cookery classes.
“We were already encouraging our own children to have an interest in food; from where it is sourced, to how it can help them grow and develop both physically and emotionally, so it was a natural step to start our own business,” said Sasha.
“The concept is proving really popular and Smarty Pans now has 30 children who regularly come to our classes.
“There is a lot to think about when you start a business but fortunately we had great support from Business Gateway. Our adviser has helped us with everything from cash flow issues and marketing to sourcing funding.
“Business Gateway has fantastic contacts and our adviser has put us in touch with other organisations that can help us take the business forward.”
Smarty Pans may only have been up and running for a few months but already Sasha and Lynn are looking to the future with plans to expand further into Glasgow, work more closely with schools and perhaps open a dedicated unit over the coming year.