Mowbrays of Haxey, a village café that prides itself on its locally-sourced, ethically-produced goods, has undergone an extensive refurbishment following receipt of £1,000 funding from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.

The grant from UKSE has been used to purchase a state-of-the-art coffee machine and dining furniture to accompany the latest redecoration, as well as contributing to the essential replacement of larger goods, such as fridges and freezers.

North Lincolnshire-based couple Ben and Lisa Hepworth, the new owners of the café, provide an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, alongside serving homemade cakes, pies, speciality coffee and afternoon tea to an increasing local clientele.

Business owner, Ben, has commented: “We have had great success, increasing footfall by thirty 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!”

Working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to support those looking to establish a business in the area, the UKSE Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £1,000.

Applicants also receive help and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the Economic Development team at North Lincolnshire Council.

Allan Wood from UK Steel Enterprise commented: “A lovely addition to the village of Haxey, Ben and Lisa have done a great job of renovating Mowbrays. The rise in popularity, not only amongst the locals, but businesses looking for corporate catering, too, is indicative of their accomplishments to date.”

Councillor Rob Waltham said: “Over the last 18 months the UKSE Kickstart grants have helped individuals meet the costs associated with becoming self-employed or starting a small business. UKSE 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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