A YOUNG South Tyneside graduate is swapping politics for plants after sowing the seeds of a new green business.
After gaining an honours degree in business and politics, Laura Harrison decided to pursue her dream of self-employment.
With the support of borough enterprise agency, Tedco, Laura, 22, has now launched Herbivore, which supplies customers with grow-your-own herb kits.
Ms Harrison is now spreading the word about her new green enterprise at local fairs and through online publicity.
She said: “Although I had written business plans previously for my degree, they were all theoretical.
“Now, after graduating, I wanted to put that theory into practice and start my own business.
“I was concerned about following market regulations and getting the required insurance, so I approached Tedco, who set up an initial meeting with my new business adviser, Nicky Gray.
“We discussed the feasibility of my business idea of grow-your-own culinary herb kits.
“These herb kits or starter jars would ideally be grown on a windowsill and used in cooking, to add extra flavouring.”
Herbivore products include gravel for drainage, natural compost and seeds. The company specialises in basil, chives, coriander and thyme, all available at an introductory price.
“Herbivore will be attending markets around the North East, all of which will be advertised on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
“Our market launch is at Tynemouth Market on Saturday, March 2, but herb starter jars are available from Steve’s News, in Cleadon.”
For more details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/homegrowngherbs or https://twitter.com/homegrownherbs.