The Late Chef
Paul Bellchambers is living the dream when it comes to running his business. He has turned a passion for food into a full-time job. After a career in IT he changed industries completely when he founded his catering company, The Late Chef, by retraining at night school to become a professional caterer. Based in Moulsford, he now provides food and drink for customers’ private events including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, funerals and private dining evenings. His corporate clients range from the Oxford University Boat Club, British Rowing Association to Taylor Wimpey and the Said Business School.
Paul says he has worked hard at The Late Chef to make sure customers’ feel they have had a great food experience. “Your best calling card is happy and well-fed people who have enjoyed your food” he said. “I’ve now worked in the catering business for ten years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. However, for any small business the challenge is finding where there is help. You kind of get a little bit sucked into day to day jobs and forget that there are other things out there that can help us.”
How OxLEP Business helped
“How to find new customers is probably the hardest thing anyone has to learn in business. So, when I was introduced to OxLEP Business, the first workshop I attended was on lead generation. Since then I have been to two digital marketing workshops and a networking event. All the events have helped me to refresh my ideas and sort out some aspects of my approach to promoting the business.” “The workshops have been really good for me because they had a mix of being talked to, being challenged and working in groups.” “One of the things the programme has helped me to focus on is web and social media promotion.”Paul has also had one-to-one time with an Elevate Network Navigator which has helped him to keep in touch with what else is going on and has made very useful contacts with others attending workshops and other events.
Looking forward to growth
Paul Bellchambers is now applying many of the things he’s identified during the workshops at The Late Chef. He is also thinking of applying for an Elevate grant to help fund some of the changes he wants to make in the near future.