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Inverness business has taste for more as Grazey Days proves so popular it has just moved into a new unit

By Ian Duncan

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Jenny Whyte who runs Grazey Days...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Jenny Whyte who runs Grazey Days...Picture: Gary Anthony..

When an Inverness woman quit her full-time job with no definite plan in mind little did she suspect that four months later she would be in charge of a successful, expanding business.

Jenny Whyte, a 36-year-old former café manager, set up Grazey Days in her kitchen two days after leaving her previous role.

She has now moved into a unit in Smithton due to growing demand for her food deliveries around the area.

She delivers her home-cooked food, which has been produced in her kitchen, at various locations but found that she was having to turn down orders – around 100 in just one month – because she did not have enough space at home.

Miss Whyte said, with hindsight, she might not have left her previous job and added: “Looking back it’s probably one of the stupidest things I’ve done, but these things happen for a reason.

“I am absolutely surprised this has grown as fast as it has.”

She said this may have been because of the lockdown when people wanted to order takeaways.

“If I had started it a year ago, I don’t think I’d have had the success,” she said. “I started thinking Grazey Days can’t go anywhere unless my kitchen magically makes itself bigger and I can take on more orders.”

Miss Whyte said the unit she has moved into was owned by The Redshank Catering Co, a mobile seafood catering trailer, adding: “These guys are phenomenal – what they’ve achieved in a short period of time is just incredible.

“They took on the unit with the idea to help small businesses to get bigger. They found when they tried
to expand, knocking on people’s doors asking to use their kitchen, they were given blank looks with no help given.

“They didn’t want this to happen to others – hence their huge unit, with sub-let options – and this ethos alone speaks wonders for their business.”

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