Pie Mezzanae aims to smash its three year turnover target after gaining support from Boost – Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub.
Pie Mezzanae was set up by Zainab Bilal, from her kitchen at home, but now operates from a purpose-equipped unit in Blackburn.
Bilal is a qualified science teacher and former biomedical scientist and her award-winning Pie Heroes brand focuses on innovative recipes such as lamb tikka pies, burger pies, samosa pies and chicken taco pies.
Since gaining advice from Boost, she has relocated to a purpose-equipped unit in Blackburn and is receiving on-going support from Boost to develop a funding application. She has already started to build a team to support her and is looking to recruit more people as the business continues to grow.
Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
In March 2017, four of Zainab’s pies won silver medals at the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray, and she believes she may even be the first award winning halal baker at the contest.
Zainab said: “The Boost workshops and advice has been brilliant. Preparing a strategic plan changes your perspective and thinking. It makes you explore your ideas and tap into other areas you may not have considered.
“I now have great plans including recruiting two more staff this year and developing a wider distribution network across the UK for 2020.”