Busi­ness is ic­ing on the cake

Rachel gets a taste of the high life at awards

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN-BASED en­tre­pre­neur has been given na­tional recog­ni­tion for her busi­ness.

Rachel Parker re­ceived the ac­co­lade for her Oban-based busi­ness Rachel’s Gluten Free, which sells gluten-free bak­ing and sup­plies to restau­rants, cafes and tea­rooms in the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area.

The Con­verge Chal­lenge is Scot­land’s lead­ing com­pany cre­ation com­pe­ti­tion for staff, stu­dents, and re­cent grad­u­ates of Scot­tish uni­ver­si­ties.

Rachel, who lives in Oban and is a stu­dent at the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI at Dun­staffnage, will go through to the fi­nal of 23 af­ter be­ing short­listed from 212 ap­pli­cants.

Rachel is the only fi­nal­ist from the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands (UHI). The win­ner will be an­nounced on Thurs­day Septem­ber 28.

Rachel said: ‘I am de­lighted that my busi­ness has been recog­nised by a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts. It is also a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for me to de­velop my skills and ideas through their res­i­den­tial En­tre­pre­neur­ial Train­ing Pro­gramme.

‘I estab­lished Rachel’s Gluten Free to give peo­ple on a gluten-free diet a choice. Hav­ing coeliac dis­ease can be very in­hibitive, es­pe­cially when eat­ing out or with friends.

‘ We are now in the tourist sea­son and this week is Coeliac Dis­ease Aware­ness Week.

‘A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple must fol­low a gluten-free diet and it is im­por­tant for Oban that tourists who are gluten-free have a choice.

‘Tourists are at­tracted to Oban’s many busi­nesses and Rachel’s Gluten Free of­fers local restau­rants and cafes the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer hand­made, qual­ity gluten-free bak­ing made in Ar­gyll.

‘I look for­ward to the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion, to de­vel­op­ing my skills and my busi­ness, and con­tin­u­ing to serve Ar­gyll with qual­ity gluten-free bak­ing.’

Rachel Parker’s busi­ness is win­ning recog­ni­tion.

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