Supporters key to small business survival

SUPPORT Sara Pollard believes that faith shown by others has helped her business succeed '' Picture: Laura Scottorn
SUPPORT Sara Pollard believes that faith shown by others has helped her business succeed '' Picture: Laura Scottorn
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Director of Free From Temptation Ltd, Sara Pollard speaks of how a chance meeting at the Venus awards helped shape her business

TARA Howard is the mastermind behind the Venus Awards which has now branched into many areas of the country, with this prestigious award referred to as the ‘working women’s Oscars’.

Her aim has been to highlight those doing fantastic work within their respective industries and celebrate their achievements.

Tara is a remarkable woman and as a vegan also a lover of our Free From Temptation cakes.

I had the honour of meeting Tara and her crew at the Portsmouth Venus Awards last year, where I incredibly scooped the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

It was an overwhelming experience. I have never sought recognition for what I do and I simply aim for and gain pleasure from helping people.

When I walked away from the podium, with the award in my hand, in October last year, dressed in my sparkly gown, during the prestigious black tie event, it was clear I had achieved my dream.

The Venus Awards did something unexpected to my business that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. It introduced me to one of the loveliest people I have ever had the opportunity to meet in the catering world: Diane Newsham.

Diane owns a beautiful little tearoom located in the heart of Port Solent called Gracie Ann’s. Serendipitously Diane was looking for a cake maker who specialised in gluten-free cakes and fine confectionary. She came to me with an idea, which has led me to continually stock her tearoom with our award-winning cakes ever since.

As our friendship has blossomed, we now not only supply Gracie Ann’s with their Free From choices but with my new company Temp-Tastic we will also be able to provide bread and pizza bases in the coming months.

The allergy sufferers of the south will have what I dreamt of when I started this business: more choices on the menu when eating out.

It’s because of people like Tara and Diane that small businesses like mine survive.

It’s the belief that someone can offer you that makes you succeed, and as I look back at the past three years, I’m reminded I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the amazing support. 
n Sara Polard is originally from Portsmouth and now lives in Fareham.

She is the award-winning director of Free From Temptation Ltd which specialises in gluten-free cake and fine confectionary.

She also loves being involved in charity work.

She is a mother to her six-year-old daughter.