Prestwich business owner Zara Neild has successfully turned her hobby into a business and recently spoke to Your Local BURY Magazine about her future plans. Starting during her maternity leave Zara excitedly posted her cake decorating on Social media. “The response to my initial cupcakes was great and it really made me think about taking this forward”.
Zara opened her original Prestwich shop in 2012 and big things soon started to happen for her, she worked with the Hairy Bikers and even made the FA’s 150th Anniversary cake. She was also made an ambassador of Virgin Start Up, meeting and enjoying lunch at Sir Richard Branson’s house!
After creating bespoke designer cakes for stars like Jason Manford, Amanda Holden, Rio Ferdinand and local boxing star Amir Khan, Zara expanded her business in 2018 from her smaller premises in Bury Old Road to a large warehouse in Sedgley Park.
When lockdown hit, rather than sitting idle, Zara took the opportunity to refurbish her cake school. “I’ve always wanted to teach people and help create training for up-and-coming cake decorators. I try to have a variety of classes from children and teens to adults that want a 3-day intensive course or a longer 6-week training, but we mainly want people to have a good time, not pressured and to enjoy the workshop learning a new skill”.
Using her self-built career and with her entrepreneurial work ethic, Zara has recently been working with schools, talking to students about how to build up a business and to follow your dreams and lead a passionate life.