A FORMER chef is celebrating his first year in business after taking a chance following redundancy.
Moynul Hussain admits he was tentative about the move to open Biddick Spice, in Fielding Court, South Shields, last year.
It was a decision the father-of-three says he has never regretted after seeing his takeaway take off.
As well as serving up traditional dishes, Mr Hussain, who is also a former health trainer, also offers customers the chance to experience his healthier curries.
Mr Hussain who has more than 20 years’ experience in the catering industry, said: “When I was made redundant I was looking for another job.
“My background is being an Indian chef, so thought I would take a chance and open up my own business.
It was a difficult choice to make from going from a job where I was paid a wage to running my own business – but it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.Biddick Spice owner Moynul Hussain
“It was a difficult choice to make from going from a job where I was paid a wage to running my own business – but it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.
“Everyone has been really supportive, and it is really nice to see the same people coming back time and time again, which is helping the business tick over.
“Hopefully, I will be able to make a living from what I’m doing.”
Three people are employed by Mr Hussain, who has also taken part in community events by holding cooking demonstrations, has offered support to local charities and forged links with local primary schools.
Mr Hussain added: “When I first opened the doors I was really nervous, as I had put everything into launching the business.
“I would just like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all my customers for all their support. I am really happy in Biddick Hall and it’s where I want to stay.”
The shop, which also does deliveries, is open seven days a week.