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MUM who was study­ing to be­come a psy­chol­o­gist has dropped her de­gree to open a bak­ery and take­away in Hayes.

Jabina Tariq-Kureshi had been learn­ing through the Open Uni­ver­sity for four years, spe­cial­is­ing in autism – her 11-year-old son Has­san has the con­di­tion.

But with only a year left on her course, she de­cided to fol­low her pas­sion for bak­ing in­stead, by open­ing Yum Yum, in North Hyde Road.

She said: “Bak­ing and cooking were al­ways my pas­times any­way, so I just thought I could utilise that in a bet­ter way.”

She added: “It’s go­ing re­ally well and busi­ness is pick­ing up. I’ve al­ready made regular cus­tomers and they are com­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery ry day for the same thing, which h is bril­liant.”

The busi­ness, which ch sells break­fasts, sand­wiches, pani­nis, pastries, cakes and cur­ries, has opened in the premises for­merly oc­cu­pied by Pizza Del­i­ca­cia, which has now moved next door.

For three years in the 1980s, it was run by Miss Tariq-Kureshi’s mother, Kal­sum, as a bak­ery called Khobz-AlYom – mean­ing daily bread in Ara­bic.

Miss Tariq-Kureshi, of Tang­mere Gar­dens, Northolt, took out a £60,000 loan to trans­form the build­ing from an empty shell over 10 weeks, in­stalling a new floor, ceil­ing, kitchen and new fur­ni­ture.

She was re­cently granted a li­cence to set up ta­bles and chairs out­side the front of the premises, which she has now done.

Look­ing back on her de­gree, she said: “What I’m do­ing now I’d say is dif­fer­ent – that was cer­tainly more in­ten­sive. It was burning the can­dle at both ends. It de­pends which way you look at it though, be­cause it’s so dif­fi­cult to pre­dict what’s go­ing to hap­pen here fr from one day to the next.” She a added: “I think the ris risk was worth takin tak­ing, be­cause we’ve star started get­ting some reg regular cus­tomers, wh which is w won­der­ful.”


n FRESH START: Jabi­naJab Tariq-Kureshi is pur­su­ing­pur her pas­sion for b bak­ing at Yum Yum (be­low)(be­low

n YUM YUM: The bak­ery, in North Hyde Road, Hayes, sells break­fasts, sand­wiches, pani­nis, pas­ter­ies, cakes and cur­ries

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