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Granny fired busineswoman's passion for baking


By Chris Saunderson

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HER passion for baking has seen a Portsoy woman start a new business from home.

Alana Wright (21) started Buddy Bakes earlier this year.

Alana with her inspiration for the business name, her cocker spaniel Buddy.
Alana with her inspiration for the business name, her cocker spaniel Buddy.

Her granny Agnes Mair was a great baker and inspired Alana’s own love of baking.

So one of the first things she wanted to do after launching her own business was to raise money in memory of her granny, who died two years ago from leukaemia.

Alana raised £300 for Blood Cancer UK after offering a strawberry cheescake and a mixed box of treats as prizes.

Alana (left) and her sister Stephanie with their granny Agnes Mair.
Alana (left) and her sister Stephanie with their granny Agnes Mair.

Alana was delighted with the response to the raffle and has been overwhelmed at the local reaction to her new venture.

“It started out as a hobby and I was posting pictures of my baking on Facebook, then people started asking me to bake things for them.

“I have worked in chip shops and care homes but I am happiest when I am baking in the kitchen,” said the former Banff Academy pupil.

The name comes from her beloved six-year-old cocker spaniel Buddy.

Alana lives at home with mum Julie, who is also a great baker, and dad Geoff.

She has been flat out since launching the business and has only recently started to give herself a Monday off, after baking seven days a week at the start.

“I just decided I wanted to be my own boss and do my baking. I didn’t really think I would be as busy as this.”

Cheescakes, cookies, shortbread, sausage rolls, panscones, scones - she does the lot and more.

The tasty prizes on offer for the raffle winners.
The tasty prizes on offer for the raffle winners.

“My dream would be to one day have my own shop with a little seating area, but for now I will work from home while I try to save some money.”

While dad Geoff is not a baker - Alana jokes she wouldnt trust him to make toast - he is involved as her chief taster.

“He eats all my spare bits,” she said.


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