Be inspired by mum Pauline Clarke whose cooking activities for her autistic son led her to set up the successful cookie business Kookee.
Pauline and husband Damien Clarke set up Kookee in 2009 but the story of their business starts much earlier. Pauline always loved baking and for years worked in food manufacturing. She gave up work to care for her son who had been diagnosed with a form of autism.
"I found myself at home, on my own, not knowing what I was doing from an autistic point of view or with my career because that was gone."
Pauline and Damien found that the family baking together on Saturdays was a great way for them all to spend time together. They had so many cookies that they started giving them to friends and soon orders started coming in and the business was born.
"One day someone said 'I'll buy some, will you make them and I'll pay for them?' and a kind of lightbulb went off and I thought, this could be it."
Family is still a hugely important part of Kookee’s ethos who now employ a lot of mums who have gone back to work so they can bake during the day and be home to collect their kids from school. They now sell handmade cookies, dry mixes and gluten free options in stockists all around the country.