Blake, 19 from Birmingham, decided in August 2020 to take his passion for cooking and formulating recipes and turn it into his own business, The Scran Man.

Blake aged 19 from Birmingham has always had a passion for cooking and loved creating different dishes with his mum from a young age. Mid-way through his culinary apprenticeship Blake was keen to take more control formulating recipe ideas and at this point decided starting his own business would be a good option.

After attending a face-to-face Prince’s Trust Enterprise course in August 2020, test trading his American soul food inspired creations, while also building his social media presence, Blake later secured a £5,000 loan from The Trust. The loan will enable Blake to expand his business The Scran Man, which will include a move into larger premises and buy  equipment.

Since then Blake’s business has continued to grow and he is currently adding more days to his opening hours due to high demand. Blake hopes to move into premises this Spring to keep up with the growing demand for his food.  

I initially started cooking for family and friends and it just grew from there. When I decided that I wanted to set up my own business, I recognised that I needed more support in terms of how to run a business. Costings, profit, marketing, tax – I had to learn most of this from scratch, which was possible with Prince’s Trust support.

‘My mentor Alice was amazing, she helped me build my business plan correctly, go through the financials for each meal I served and even helped me with thoughts on a new business name. Alice motivated me. I started to believe in myself and the business.

With my new mentor, I have ongoing support and guidance – someone who listens and has been instrumental in growing my business further.

Opening my business during the pandemic gave me the space I needed to develop ideas and recipes for my growing customer base. I now have a firm belief I am going to succeed with my business.

Blake is keen to give back to the city of Birmingham once he opens his shop, this includes engaging in charity work, including feeding those who have been affected by homelessness.

Blake added: ’I like reading motivational books. There’s a lot of motivational quotes and sayings but this is a favourite of mine:

‘We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.’ - Tony Robbins.’