Ever since she was a small child, Bundaberg local Payten Briggs dreamed of having her own cake business.
The years spent helping her mum cooking and baking in the kitchen are starting to pay off for the bubbly former Shalom Catholic College student who is achieving great success with her business “Sweet Creations by Payten.”
Now just two months into her business Payten is busy marketing her tasty melt-in-the-mouth cakes, cupcakes and slices through her Facebook page as well as supplying numerous local businesses. Even the Bundaberg Basketball Association has got in on the action and been an active supporter of her business.
“I have my own council approved kitchen and make everything from scratch using only Australian made ingredients to ensure I get the best quality. People love the freshness of my cakes and I get a lot repeat business just through word of mouth,” Payten said.
Payten was thankful for the support she had received from BUSY At Work which she said had given her the confidence and support she needed to make the tough decision to start up her own business.
“I was studying for my Certificate III in Commercial Cookery while working as an Apprentice Chef at a local sports club.
“I chose not to continue my apprenticeship but rather pursue my 10 year dream to start my own business. I just felt the timing was right and even though I’m only 17, I wanted to give it a go.”
“The support I received from BUSY was excellent. They were always there for me and keen to help me achieve my goals,” Payten said.
Bundaberg BUSY At Work staff member, Phoebe Leather said Payten had shown great motivation and talent in starting her own business.
“This is a fantastic achievement for a young woman to have put herself out there and demonstrate her entrepreneurial skills along with her passion and natural talent for baking,” Ms Leather said.
Payten credits her interest in baking to having spent time a lot of time with her mum in the kitchen.
“When I was little my mum always enjoyed baking cakes and cooking. I also remember my great grandmother being a good cook and sharing her talents in the kitchen,” Payten said.
Looking to the future Payten said her ambition was to one day own and manage a successful coffee shop and cake business.
Ms Leather said that Payten had developed a 10 year plan for her business which showed great foresight and maturity for a person of her age.
“Many people I have supported have ambitions of starting their own business. While an apprenticeship wasn’t the career path for Payten, she has shown determination and ambition in starting her own business and I wish her every success,” Ms Leather said.
To find out information on available apprenticeships and traineeships go to www.busyatwork.com.au and if you’re not sure what career path to take download BUSY’s free app CareerMe, available from the app store.
IMAGE CAPTION: Payten Briggs shows off some of her wares
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