A woman who quit her job when she was 45 to open her own cafe is now on the verge of opening her fourth venture in just seven years.
Susannah Porter, who was originally born in Salford but has spent most of her life in Southport, quit her job as vice principal at Oldham College in 2015 to pursue her dream.
Susannah, now the owner of the successful Southport-based cafe chain Remedy has seen her business grow even during a pandemic as she revealed she is working on signing the lease for a new site.
She told the ECHO : “I ended up working in marketing and then education but I always felt as though I would get to this point at some point. When I was 45 I left education and opened up a business. It was a massive leap of faith.”
Susannah said things fell into place as she sold her house and remarried before she thought “I’m doing it”.
The now 52-year-old said: “I think things came together. It was as if it was meant to be. I sold my house, I got remarried, it all just sort of fell into place and felt like it was the right time. I’d done it in my head, almost, if you know what I mean?
“Then it all fell at the right time and I just thought ‘that’s it, I’m doing it’.”
The mum-of-one also revealed that since she decided to start her business from scratch, she hasn’t looked back.
She added: “You’re worried you might regret it or that you’re making a mistake but I have never regretted it. I love working in hospitality, it’s my passion really. I should have always done it.”
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Susannah, who already employs 25 people in the town, spoke about her expansion plans.
Remedy is already found on Lord Street and in Wayfarers Arcade as part of Beales in Southport town centre, as well as on Botanic Road in Churchtown.
She said: “We’ve got 25 staff at the moment and I’m just in the process of signing the lease for a fourth premises. I’m a lunatic.”
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