Sitting, chatting in a coffee shop in Crawley two parents of JLB young people (YPs) were discussing what the future would hold for their children. Time was coming to finish school and start college and much as education had gone well, the prospect of great exam results and good jobs wasn’t looking too promising.
This then, was the beginning of the dream of JubyLee Bakes.
Ellen and Kim then spoke to friends about their idea, and gradually interested YPs joined the group.
The question though was how to take the idea forward. This was answered one day at Collyers when Emily (one of the tutors) handed a leaflet to a group of the students, suggesting that maybe entering a competition could lead to JubyLee Bakes becoming a reality.
So the journey towards entering the Gatwick Diamond Young Start Up Talent 2016 began.
Meetings were held, cards printed and Simon prepared for a speed networking workshop in January 2016. He impressed all present with his passion for JubyLee Bakes and the team were asked to continue to the next round of the competition process.
Advice and support was offered, and accepted. A Dragons Den style presentation was given at Thales in Crawley, to a group of judges who had a lot of questions to ask and ate lots of samples of cake.
An evening visit to Brighton Sea Life centre to network, hear speeches from the judges and see the film of the Brighton YST competition was next.
In March 2016 we went along with our families to a presentation ceremony at Lingfield race course along with all the other finalists, all of whom had interesting business propositions.
The winners were announced and, YES, it was JubyLee Bakes!
The rest of 2016 has involved lots of meetings, lots of paperwork, lots of sampling products and lots of fun. Now we are insured and ready to start baking and selling our products.
What does the future hold? Firstly selling lots of cakes, maybe opening the first of a chain of JLB cafes!! Definitely giving opportunity to other young adults with learning difficulties.
Who is JubyLee?
JubyLee is a giraffe made by Queen Elizabeth II School in Horsham. Some of us bought the giraffe in the Rotary Club sale to give back to the school. We called our business JubyLee Bakes because we named her after JubyLee. Most of us went to QE II School and helped make her.
JubyLee has beautiful eyelashes and has lots of photos on her body of the pupils at QEII. She has a crown on her head and pink glittery feet. This is because the school was opened by the Queen in 1977.
We all love JubyLee and made her our logo for our business. She sometimes goes to bake sales with us. We have a picture of her on our aprons and our labels.