Indian cuisine business flourishes with Start Up Support
“My mentor was there all the time offering advice and the online courses were incredibly useful, which was a huge help when applying for my start-up loan."
An Indian cuisine expert and chef has started a brand-new venture that gives people the chance to learn how to create their own authentic meals.
Rama Food and Cookery Club is a Stratford-Upon-Avon business that is offering classes to teach people how to make their very own Indian food.
The company has been created by Uttam Rawat – a former development chef for a range of supermarkets who took the plunge to start the venture last year.
It all came together thanks to help and support of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Start Up Support Service which is funded via the CW Business: Start, Grow and Scale programme. This programme for start-up businesses is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Warwickshire County Council and all five District and Borough Councils.
Uttam came up with the idea for the business during the first national lockdown when he was
placed on furlough from his job.
“I was a development chef in London and you would have seen my meals in national supermarket chains,” said Uttam. “But, at the start of the pandemic I was placed on furlough and as a way to give back to the community and also keep myself busy, I started doing cookery classes online for free. It was appreciated a lot at a time when there was not much activity available to do due to lockdown.
“I had been doing the courses at a community centre in my spare time, but when I was made redundant, I thought I could turn it into an actual business.”
In a bid to get things started, Uttam sought the advice of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to take the next steps.
He was given a Chamber mentor and also signed onto a range of online courses on offer including marketing, forming a business plan and social media and now the business is already branching out.
Uttam added: “Working with the Chamber was a huge help, it provided me with so much information and confidence which was extremely beneficial along the way. My mentor was there all the time offering advice and the online courses were incredibly useful, which was a huge help when applying for my start-up loan.
“Now I have already expanded the business and as well as the cookery classes, which will be back to being in person as soon as we can, we are now doing food delivery.”
Working from home, Uttam has been creating chilled bespoke meals for two which include reheating instructions that are delivered to the door and they have been getting rave reviews since they were launched. Those deliveries have been to Stratford upon Avon and surrounding
villages but the company is continually expanding its delivery area.
Uttam is hoping once the country has come out of lockdown, he can start to look for his own premises for the businesses and also create jobs.
Hardeep Sandhu, from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Uttam’s business has been a real success story and it is great to see that it has already expanded and there are major plans for the future as well.
“He has put a huge amount of work into the business and has taken a great from all the resources that the Chamber has to offer. He is the perfect example of what you can get out of them if you put the work in. We look forward to seeing Uttam’s business grow and flourish and see how it evolves in the future.”
The Chamber has a range of start-up workshops to support people to build sustainable businesses. For more information or to book on go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/coventry-andwarwickshire-chamber-of-commerce-start-up-support-11874476531
For more details about Rama Food and Cookery Club visit https://ramafoodsuk.com/ or www.facebook.com/RamaFoodsCookeryClub