Couple dining out on success of new business

Stephen Jones and Debra Hancock have set up their own cafe, the Broadway Diner, in Swinton. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0182MB
Stephen Jones and Debra Hancock have set up their own cafe, the Broadway Diner, in Swinton. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0182MB

A COUPLE who were struggling to find work have turned their fortunes around by setting up their own community cafe.

Stephen Jones, 45, and partner Debra Hancock, 49, were sick and tired of having job applications rejected so they decided to start their own business.

They opened Broadway Diner in Swinton in January and trade is growing.

Stephen spent three years unemployed, part of the time he was unable to work after fracturing his spine after falling off a ladder.

Since returning to full fitness, he had dozens of rejections from job applications.

He decided to do a cooking course at college and then applied for help through the New Enterprises Allowance scheme to hep get the new business off the ground.

He said: “The help we have received has been great. Business is going quite steady, but we are getting new faces in every day so its growing.”

Debra, who was made redundant from her supermarket job last year, added: “It was really getting us down been out of work, but it just shows things can turn around if you stick at it. We’re really happy with how the business is going.”