Carol reveals a tasty new business


CAROL Devanney knew what she wanted to do when she was made redundant from her job.

And instead of looking round for a new employer, the east Durham resident took the initiative herself.

Carol already had several years of experience within the catering industry and the choice was obvious. She realised it was time to do something she’d always dreamed off and began the process of becoming her own boss.

She put her food-making experience to good use and set up the Wingate-based Mabel and Mary’s Pantry, which is a mobile tea shop with a twist,

It uses home baked products and is already proving to be a hit.

Carol, 34, said: “I knew what I wanted to do and what kind of service I wanted to offer, it was just about putting it all into practice.”

She approached the East Durham Business Service (EDBS), and met with Business Adviser Joe Greener who helped her turn her dream of self-employment into a reality.

Joe said: “When I first met Carol she had not only put a lot of thought into what she wanted her business to be, but also what she wanted to offer. This shows in the range of

products that will be available from the mobile catering service.”

Mabel and Mary’s Pantry offers teas, freshly ground coffee and soft drinks as well as a selection of home-made cakes, scones and biscuits

Carol has also been helped by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project is being part financed by the European Union’s ERDF Competitiveness Programme which works in conjunction with a consortium led by North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd (NEEAL), as well as local Enterprise and Development Agencies. Anyone else wanting help from EDBS should contact (0191) 5863366 or visit