Cake duo aim for success

Karen Stillings and daughter Sarah Mitchell have opened up Karahs Kakes in Waterloo Road.
Karen Stillings and daughter Sarah Mitchell have opened up Karahs Kakes in Waterloo Road.
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A 26-year-old former apprentice from Blackpool is chasing the sweet taste of success after completing an apprenticeship in business administration with Training 2000.

Sarah Mitchell and her mum, Karen, a trained cake decorator, have joined forces to launch Karah’s Cakes, offering a slice of cake artistry.

Sarah, who works as a recruitment consultant, has a background in sales, but decided to undertake an apprenticeship to help her develop her administration skills.

Now, 12 months down the line, Sarah has completed the qualification and has the skills and confidence to run her own business.

Sarah spent the weekend of her 26th birthday posting flyers to promote her business, which opened this week on Waterloo Road.

She said the apprenticeship course had helped her with gathering and analysing information and planning her workload.

She said: “My mum has been decorating cakes from our home for the past 11 years and she’s been so busy lately, we felt that now was the time to take the plunge.

“We’re both really excited and can’t wait to get cracking. We’ve had a lot of forward orders and, although I am nervous, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great feeling to be getting this business off the ground.”

During her apprenticeship Sarah was supported by Gillian Sloane, career development advisor at Training 2000. Gillian said: “She has all of the qualities and determination to be a successful business woman, and I wish her every success. Sarah has plans to recruit her own apprentice in the coming months, which is fabulous and illustrates how worthwhile investing in training can be and we’d like to wish her well with her new and exciting venture.”

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