A young entrepreneur has returned to her Richmondshire roots to set up business at the Bay Horse in Ravensworth.
Hayley Barrett previously worked in finance roles at Sainsburys and in merchandising at Missguided before making the decision to run her own business with her partner Sam Turner.
Hayley, 27, a former student at Richmond School and a Northumbria University, is no stranger to the world of hospitality as she has grown up in the industry, having lived in pubs and restaurants since she was born.
The daughter of chefs Adrian and Gill Barrett, Hayley worked part-time for her parents when they ran Overton House in Reeth and then during her placement year at university, she helped them to set up Barrett’s Café Bistro in Richmond.
Hayley said: “I have had a dream to run my own business from an early age, and this inspired me to study business studies A-level and read business management at degree level.
“During my final year at university, both Sam and I chose to specialise in entrepreneurship.
“We had to set up our own business as part of the module and we made it to the Young Enterprise National Finals, which was a group of the top ten businesses across the country that year.
“From there we always said we would run our own business one day.”
She added: “We knew we wanted to be in the hospitality sector in the Richmond area
“When the opportunity to take on the Bay Horse came along it was like it was meant to be; I went to school in Ravensworth and my mum, who was born in Ravensworth, actually used to work in The Bay Horse as a teenager.
“Our vision for The Bay Horse is really simple; to bring back a vibrant traditional country pub to the area through our family’s warm and welcoming service which we hope will create a buzzing and inviting atmosphere for the community.”
Hayley and Sam spent four months renovating and refurbishing the pub, doing much of the work themselves to keep the costs down.
They have ripped everything out and installed a new kitchen, flooring, central heating and customer toilets and have decorated throughout.
Hayley’s dad Adrian is the main chef, her mum Gill is the pastry chef, Hayley is assistant chef and Sam is front of house.
Jenna Potter, headteacher at Richmond School, said: “We are always delighted to hear about the success of our former students and it’s wonderful that Hayley and her partner Sam have set up their own business at the Bay Horse.
“Hayley had a real flair for business studies at college and it is fantastic that she is now applying her knowledge and experience in her own pub.
“She is a tremendous role model for our younger students as someone who worked extremely hard at her studies, gained experience in the world of work and then has applied her entrepreneurial spirit to be her own boss. Hayley will be a fabulous mentor for any of our students who are considering a career in Business.”