Week One: How my life changed in lockdown: Out with one business, in with another

Tanya Green

In 2014, my friend gave over her business to me, named the ‘Innovation Café’ which served a selection of breakfast and lunch meals, as well as offering hot and cold drinks. 

I hired staff, bought all new machinery for the kitchen, got new signs and so much more to make my little business thrive and become more successful. 

The queue was out the door every meal time, we often ran out of supplies throughout the day and became a well-known name around Doncaster- until lockdown. 

As my café was situated in a ‘non-essential’ building, I had to stay shut even when other businesses could reopen. After grants from the government stopped and there was no sign of me being able to reopen in the near future, due to finances I had to make the difficult decision to let the café go.  

Over lockdown, I came across cake bakers on Instagram, with my café gone and having no other career prospects, I decided that I wanted to start a cake business.  

I paid to do cake decorating courses and I’ve been practicing ever since. I am so excited for my new goal of having a successful baking business and I am looking forward to what the future has to hold.