An Ilkeston man’s eatery has been crowned ‘East Midlands start-up of the year’ at The Big Start-Up Loans competition.
Backed by First Enterprise Business Agency, Anthony Quinn, 27, set up The Pudding Pantry in Nottingham with help from the loan funding agency in April.
His city centre desserts-based artisan coffee shop, saw Anthony, 27, take the East Midland’s title at the 2014 awards held in London and met Dragon’s Den TV personality James Caan.
Located in Trinity Square, Anthony opened The Pudding Pantry with a £20,000 start-up loan from FEBA through its Enterprise Loans East Midlands funding stream and a £40,000 loan from NatWest Bank. The former restaurant and bar manager at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel is now enjoying the sweeter side of the retail industry working alongside his team led by head chef Georgina Mark.
Anthony said: “We are delighted to have won this award, it is testament to the hard work we have put into making The Pudding Pantry a success.
“We have a great team and I want to congratulate everyone who has helped us. We are confident in our skills and product, which is why people keep coming back for more.”