Made redundant and with just £200 in the bank six years ago, Bini Ludlow put her kitchen skills to good use and set up an Indian cookery school, Sweet Cumin, based in Somerset.
“I now run classes throughout the year and was listed in The Guardian as one of the top foodie courses in the UK,” she says.
Bini’s award-winning ready-meal business, Bini Fine Foods, started when a friend asked Bini to cook a range of curries for her to stock in her freezer. Bini’s curries are now stocked in over 40 outlets throughout southern England – and she has even sent her food to Buckingham Palace.
Bini made the decision to join FSB after being advised it was a great way to make new contacts and find out about funding opportunities: “The funding and leads have helped me learn from experienced entrepreneurs, make contacts with businesses and get advice on ways to expand my business,” she says. “FSB provides a powerful business community.”
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