Martin goes from banking to bangers

Martin Winter (left) with friend Tim Obey (right) at a Sundowners street food event in Worthing earlier this year. SUS-141031-093242001
Martin Winter (left) with friend Tim Obey (right) at a Sundowners street food event in Worthing earlier this year. SUS-141031-093242001
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A disillusioned city banker unhappy about where his chosen career path was taking him, broke away from the big smoke to follow his passion for cooking and launched Bird In Eye Catering.

Martin Winter, 40 from Uckfield, started the family-run catering Company in May this year, his first marquee stall ‘Sausage Fest’ serves the finest German bratwurst and frankfurters, as well as locally sourced gourmet sausages at local festivals and events.

Martin said, “Setting up my own catering business felt like the natural step to make. Cooking and music festivals are both real passions of mine, combining the two was a great opportunity to do what I enjoy, whilst meeting and working with lots of great people.”

Unable to secure the finance required to launch his new venture, Martin turned to the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) and applied for a Start Up Loan (SUL) of £7,500. The government-initiative aims to give fledgling businessmen and women the opportunity to access a low-cost loan and mentor support to help kick-start new enterprises.

Martin said, “The Start Up Loan scheme has been invaluable. It’s almost impossible to obtain a bank loan in the first year of trading. It’s great that the Lets Do Business Group can give you the financial support and confidence you need to start up your own business. Getting advice from my mentor, a seasoned business owner, asking questions and sharing ideas was really helpful too.”

To get in touch with LDBG call 0844 943 2988.