A woman who was made redundant has set up her own business.
Rachael Kelly, of Park Street, King’s Cliffe, worked as a product manager at Thomas Cook for 26 years.
Following redundancy, she set up her business The Little Soup Kitchen in October and it’s going from strength-to-strength.
She said: “I decided if I was ever going to start my own business, then this was as good a time as any.
“The idea for making and selling soup goes way back. Some 18 years ago I used to go to San Francisco’s Pier 39, an area with rows of restaurants where they used to sell chowder in a bread bowl. And I always thought it would be a good idea to sell something similar at big events.
“So when redundancy was looming I did some research and came across a company that was selling soups from a van, so that is where the idea came from.”
Rachael, who makes all her own soups, sandwiches, jams, cakes and chutneys, with occasional help from mum Hazel Hill and husband Peter, started selling them from Hugo, a converted 1976 Citroën H van horsebox. in October.
Six months on she says the business is going “really well” and is now poised to expand it from a one-woman band and take on staff.
She is also exploring selling her soups in shops.
Rachael, 46, said: “It’s a lot of hard work and long hours but I enjoy it. I find it really humbling when people are prepared to pay for the things that you have made.”
Hugo is at Coningsby Road, in Peterborough, on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2.30pm, Nene Valley Business Park, Oundle, on Tuesdays from 11.45am to 2pm, the Thursday Oundle Market from 8.30am to 2.30pm and on Sunday’s at Park Street in King’s Cliffe from 10am to 2pm.
Rachael also travels with Hugo to weddings, family gatherings, festivals as well as other events.
Soup with complementary bread cost £3.
For more on The Little Soup Kitchen go to www.thelittlesoupkitchen.co.uk