SIBLINGS who combined their skills to launch a business are celebrating picking up an award just four months into their journey.
Janine Leigh-Wood and Jake Mitchell launched Seven Mile Cookery and Events, based in Matchborough, earlier this year with their first event taking place in August.
The pair, who won the New Start Up Business category at the Worcestershire Business Awards, came up with the idea as 30-year-old Jamie had been a chef for over a decade while 33-year-old Janine’s finance job saw her regularly organising events.
They now offer a service including private in-home dining, cookery classes, event planning and mobile catering.
Janine, who was brought up in Church Hill with her brother, told the Standard: “To win the award is really exciting and we were absolutely thrilled it happened so early on in our business life.
“Jake and I have such a big vision for the business and believe really strongly in it so it’s a really nice confirmation and reassurance to us that other people can see where we are trying to go and what we are trying to do.”
Coun Simon Geraghty, responsible for economy, skills and infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said the awards which celebrate Enterprising Worcestershire – a free programme of business support – were a ‘fitting way to celebrate the success’ of both the businesses and the scheme itself.
The project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, has helped create 180 new businesses and more than 200 jobs in just over two years.