Work­ing With Mum

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Real Life -

Anne Bryce re­tired seven years ago but is now run­ning the Wild Flours Gluten Free Bak­ery in Glas­gow, along­side her son Calum – a busi­ness ven­ture that hap­pened al­most by chance.

‘I dis­cov­ered a few years ago that wheat didn’t agree with me, so tried go­ing gluten-free,’ says Anne, 63. ‘The eas­i­est way was to bake ev­ery­thing my­self and the change in my health was amaz­ing. Then I was asked if I could bake one gluten-free cake a week for a so­cial en­ter­prise where I vol­un­teered, and that’s where it all started.’

Mean­while, Calum, 28, had com­pleted his de­gree in Sound Tech­nol­ogy and Me­dia and went trav­el­ling. By the time he re­turned, de­mand for Anne’s bak­ing had vastly in­creased, with other out­lets also show­ing in­ter­est. ‘I asked him if he was in­ter­ested in go­ing into busi­ness with me as he’s al­ways en­joyed bak­ing,’ says Anne. ‘He was re­ally keen and Wild Flours was born. The big chal­lenge was re­fin­ing our recipes so ev­ery­thing was de­li­cious. We both con­tin­ued to bake and Calum did the de­liv­ery and ad­min, and we looked for the right premises, which we found ear­lier this year.’

The prop­erty needed gut­ting, and Calum’s dad Gra­ham helped Anne’s brother Wil­son with the ren­o­va­tion work. David, Anne’s other brother, made the ta­ble and chairs for the small cafe on site and also sup­plies Wild Flours with honey from his own hives, while other fam­ily mem­bers and friends have been roped in to help in the shop.

Anne and Calum feel that be­ing hon­est about each other’s strengths and weak­ness as well as know­ing when to move for­ward helps them work to­gether so well. ‘I’m quite sweary when I get stressed, but Mum has end­less pa­tience,’ says Calum. ‘We know we share the same dream and that’s what’s most


‘I was asked if I could bake for a so­cial en­ter­prise’

The per­fec­tion­ist pair honed their recipes un­til ev­ery bake was de­li­cious



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