Brothers hoping to taste success

John and Andrew (right) Dobson
John and Andrew (right) Dobson

TWO brothers have quit their jobs to make their business dream come true.

After months of preparation by John and Andrew Dobson, they have gone into their fresh food business Deli Lite, based in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool.

It’s the first joint venture for the brothers who opened the venture on December 18 last year after three months of preparing the premises which used to be a bookmakers, on the roundabout near Brenda Road.

John, 28, formerly ran his own building and scaffolding company called John Dobson Developments, specialising in extensions and refurbishments.

His 26-year-old brother Andrew worked as an electrician for a town company.

John said: “We both knew we had wanted to go into a different type of business. We have searched for a good place for years.”

After initially looking at the nightclub industry, the brothers turned for advice to their mum Jeanette, who has vast experience in the catering trade.

John said: “With her background in food, we talked to her.”

The brothers also looked into the potential for converting a former bookmakers into a food outlet and were up and running by the end of 2011.

As well as the two brothers, two other staff have joined the team and they are Bridget Lodge and Claire John.

Deli Lite, which offers sandwiches, ciabattas, wraps, roasts, jacket potatoes and a breakfast menu as well as a delivery service, has already won a five-star rating under the Tees Valley Food Hygiene Award.

John added: “We definitely think we have found a niche in the market.”