Cafe looking to expand its reach after grant leads to full refurbishment

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Mar 2018

A village cafe is looking to expand its reach following an extensive refurbishment after funding was granted.

Mowbrays has been awarded money from the UK Steel Enterprise Kickstart Fund which has allowed it to purchase a state-of-the-art coffee machine and dining furniture to accompany the cafe's latest redecoration.

It has also contributed towards the essential replacement of larger goods such as fridges and freezers.

The cafe, in Haxey, prides itself on its locally-sourced, ethically-produced goods and has seen a 30 per cent increase in footfall under new owners Ben and Lisa Hepworth.

It offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, as well as homemade cakes, pies, speciality coffee and afternoon tea.

Ben said: "We have had great success, increasing footfall by 30 per cent since taking over the business.

"Looking ahead, we are hopeful that in the near future we can launch a delivery service and increase our opening hours.

"We’re doing absolutely everything we can to get our name recognised more widely, and are currently investing in a new website that we hope will expand our reach.

"As much as we adore our village setting, we want everyone to taste our homemade treats and unique flavours."

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Mowbrays received a grant of £1,000 from the Kickstart Fund, which was launched by the UK Steel Enterprise organisation in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to support people looking to establish a business in the area.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available, while applicants also receive help and advice from the council's economic development team and local Growth Hub advisors.

Allan Wood, from UK Steel Enterprise, said: "A lovely addition to the village of Haxey, Ben and Lisa have done a great job of renovating Mowbrays.

Allan Wood, from UK Steel Enterprise

"The rise in popularity, not only amongst the locals, but businesses looking for corporate catering, too, is indicative of their accomplishments to date."

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "Over the last 18 months the UK Steel Enterprise Kickstart grants have helped individuals meet the costs associated with becoming self-employed or starting a small business.

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"UK Steel Enterprise has therefore supported the successful establishment of many small businesses in the North Lincolnshire area, which otherwise may have not been possible.

"If you're looking at becoming self-employed or starting your own business, get in touch with our economy and growth team to apply for the funding today."

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