A small Newcastle crepe company has scooped a prestigious business award.
La Petite Creperie, based in Grainger Market, has clinched first place in the Newcastle Small Business of the Year 2017 competition.
Six Newcastle businesses were nominated for the prize as part of the national Small Business 2nd December 2017 initiative. The public then voted for their favourite business via social media.
Each of the six small businesses was nominated by a local business support agency, with La Petite Creperie being put forward by Transmit Start Ups. The vote was organised by Newcastle City Council and the Federation of Small Businesses.
As well as serving up a range of sweet and savoury crepes in Grainger Market, La Petite Creperie uses a tricycle to visit other local markets, fayres and events.
The owner of La Petite Creperie, Julien Poulalion, said, “We have been producing our magnificent crepes in the heart of Newcastle since 2014.”
“I first came to Newcastle a few years ago to attend university, where I got a business degree. I fell in love with the place and decided to stay.”
“After a couple of sales jobs, I wanted to create my own business and give something back to this amazing city. My parents being Bretons, it had to be crepes!”
“We are now based in the very iconic Grainger Market and also attend various festivals, functions and parties, with permanent spots in both Quayside and Tynemouth markets.”
“We were absolutely delighted to be nominated for this year’s Newcastle Small Business of the Year and even more thrilled to have won!”
We have our winner!
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The development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses, Simon Hanson, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Newcastle City Council for the last three years to support the Small Business Saturday campaign in Newcastle.”
“Newcastle has a rich and varied range of small retail businesses and this competition is a great way to highlight their importance to our great city.”
The competition’s five runners-up were Flat Caps Coffee, Greyjoy’s, Sweet Beet, The Brownie Bar and Ugly Duckling.
Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for inclusive growth, Ged Bell, said, “We are committed to supporting our local small businesses.”
“They are such a crucial part of Newcastle’s vibrant city life and an essential part of our economy and communities.”
“La Petite Creperie is based in the heart of our city and this small business is a worthy winner.”
The national Small Business Saturday grassroots campaign is run by Small is Big CIC, a not-for-profit organisation which exists to serve the needs of small businesses.
You can find out more about La Petite Creperie at www.facebook.com/LPCreperie.
(The featured image shows Julien Poulalion with Cllr Ged Bell, who is trying his hand at making a crepe)