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New vegan food catering business set up with help from Nwes at King's Lynn

By Julie Graham, Business Editor

Entrepreneur Evie-May Ellis who has nurtured her idea for her own business for ten years has finally realised her ambition with help from Nwes in Lynn.

She launched her mobile vegan catering business, Heart Street, in April and now has bookings through to the end of the year to attend events, including King's Lynn Pride on Saturday, August 17.

Nwes business consultant Paul Gardner said: "Evie is full of great ideas and enthusiasm. We helped her put these ideas in order, create a viable business plan and source funding to get the business started.

"She has put in an amazing amount of hard work to ensure her business is good for both her customers and the environment. Above all she is motivated by a deep passion for food and her story will I’m sure motivate other potential entrepreneurs to seize the opportunity to become their own boss and start a new business."

Evie-May Ellis prepares her food (13272150)
Evie-May Ellis prepares her food (13272150)

Evie, from Colkirk, near Fakenham, has gained experience in several roles before embarking on Heart Street, including working as a waitress, retail assistant, dance teacher, an usher, a popcorn seller, manager and a wedding organiser.

She said: "I really fell on my feet in my 20s and spent four years as a hotel manager along the North Norfolk coast.

"During my time there I began a change of consciousness, wanting to do more and more to help the wider world. I got heavily into Buddhism, became vegan, from being a massive meat eater, in just under a week and I left my role in hospitality to work for a charity– for two weeks."

One of the dishes served by Heart Street (13272148)
One of the dishes served by Heart Street (13272148)

"My family always believed that providing hearty, filling food was a sign of love and care. My grandparents were known for hosting wonderful dinners with my nan cooking all the food from scratch and my grandad providing the entertainment.

"The family connection is really important to me, the name Heart Street is in memory of my nan and grandad, who were a huge influence on my upbringing. In 1940 they both stepped out of their workplaces, a pub and a butcher's shop, and met on Hart Street. They were together for over 60 years. They are the beginning of my story. Everything I am is because of them and my mum."

She said the message of Heart Street is simple – great food does good.

"On the stall you’ll find us serving vegan chilli, our popular Back To Your Roots dish, a spicey chickpea and vegetable stew, gluten free chips with Cajun spicing and satay or sweet chilli sauce, all home-made.

"It’s also about doing good for the rest of the world; all of the food is 100 per cent vegan and also features no palm oil. The packaging is all 100 per cent compostable. We do not use plastic in our processes where avoidable and use only local suppliers. It’s all about doing just a little bit," she said.

Evie-May Ellis on her Heart Street stand (13272146)
Evie-May Ellis on her Heart Street stand (13272146)

"Luckily I knew of Nwes from my previous attempts at starting businesses. I would never have had the confidence to start the business if it wasn’t for Nwes at the beginning. They helped me make a realistic plan for my vision and to attain finances to buy equipment and renovate premises for a kitchen.

"Start-up costs are not cheap, but because I had been assisted with a budget, I started the business in April exactly where I thought I would be."

More information about Evie's business and contact details are available on her website www.heartstreetvegan.com

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