About the project
I am Brian Taylor and together with my wife Sara we run a small catering business, called Nanny ilott’s Kitchen. We make and supply beautifully presented, delicious, affordable catering for Weddings, Funerals, Christenings, Birthdays and any other event. We are a very young business, but feel we have the potential to play an important part in our local community, by offering a service that can often be out of reach for many families.
Having been inspired by my Grandmother, Elizabeth ilott, from one of her handwritten recipe books a couple of years ago, I started baking for friends and family and it grew from there. We can proudly boast that our business has a very large and loyal following, and in fact we have become friends with many of our followers. Seeing a small niche in the market we began to provide tasty, fresh food at a price that most families can afford, and have not looked back since.
The support we always get from our almost 2200 followers on Facebook and from Twitter and elsewhere is constant and is very humbling. Their love and support unexpectedly helped us to win a Sunny Worthing award a few months ago, which we are extremely proud of. Our followers have inspired us to try and put something back into the community where possible, and as a result we have donated food and money to various charities over the last 18 months, particularly WKDS who help children with Downs and Autism, and Worthing Churches Homeless Project among others. We have a space at the rear of the shop that we are planning to offer to the local community for local artists, charities and other groups to benefit from.
Like some other large towns, Worthing is made up of many small groups of people all with a common aim, which is working together to make their home town a better place to live. We would like to help that to become a reality, by helping our business become a place that people can gather to meet like minded people in a peaceful surrounding.
The reason we need your help is that until now we have been leasing the catering unit with the grounds of Worthing Football Club, from where we made all of our buffets while also serving fast food and refreshments to the fans, but following a recent large investment from a new director, they have decided to take the catering back in house, leaving us without a base.
As a result, we have decided to move into a tea rooms/coffee bar and carry on from there. Being a new business, money is extremely tight and funding is difficult to come by, so we would be thrilled if some of you could help us to find the money we will need to move our business. We have some funding in place, but ideally need another £6,000 to help us towards furnishing our new tearooms, and to make them a meeting place for local people and other visitors to enjoy. If you can help in any way we would be eternally grateful.
Brian & Sara Taylor