Ruby McCarthy dazzles MP Hugh Bayley with her business plan for Blossom's Bakery

York Press: Ruby McCarthy, aged 10, with York MP Hugh Bayley Ruby McCarthy, aged 10, with York MP Hugh Bayley

ONE of York's youngest entrepreneurs has cooked up a storm with her business acumen and baking talent.

Ten-year-old Ruby McCarthy met York Central MP Hugh Bayley yesterday to show him her business plan for her venture Blossom's Bakery, which she set up as part of a home work project.

The young pupil at St Paul's CE Primary School is making and selling butterfly buns to people living in the Holgate area where she lives.

After being tasked by her teacher to set up a business, Ruby created Blossom's Bakery, charging 50p per bun, £3 for half a dozen or £5 for a dozen, with the price including delivery.

Ruby was given £2 to start the business and has already made £40 profit, with orders coming in by email and on the phone.

She said: "I wanted to make muffins to start with but when we looked at how much everything would cost we realised it was too expensive so we chose butterfly buns instead.

"I'm really pleased with how many I have sold so far. I didn't think anyone would buy them as I don't know that many people.

"My goal is to make more money than my big sister did when she did the same project at school. She made £92 so I'm hoping for £100."

Ruby, who said she wants to be a zoologist when she is older, with the baking business "as a fall back", will join the rest of her class in presenting her business at the end of May, when she will have to report back on how much she has spent and how much profit she has made.

Mr Bayley said: "I think it's a really good idea from the school's point of view to get young people interested in business and formulating business ideas.It's also a brilliant idea from Ruby's point of view, and in her first week she has sold 20 times as many buns as her start-up captial.

"If every business grew as quickly as that we wouldn't have to worry about sustaining our economy."

Ruby said: "I decided to start my business because I have been baking buns with the help of my mum since I was four years old.

"Since I started the project I have become more independent and I have learned how much work is involved with running a small business. I really love baking and I am sure I will continue to bake in the future even if it is just as a hobby.”

People can order butterfly buns from Ruby by emailing rubyroo155@gmail.com before Sunday, May 18.

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11:32am Sat 26 Apr 14

Tom6187 says...

She's probably got more common sense than most MP's as well.
She's probably got more common sense than most MP's as well. Tom6187
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3:07pm Sat 26 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

watch out Ruby, you will be getting a charge thru the door for his expense account
watch out Ruby, you will be getting a charge thru the door for his expense account oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -14

9:11pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Silver says...

She's got a lot more business clout then our council leaders
She's got a lot more business clout then our council leaders Silver
  • Score: -55

9:48pm Sat 26 Apr 14

York2000 says...

The moan about the council brigade need to stick to council related articles. Give readers a break from your moaning and nonsense commenting. You make a mockery of the Press website.

Well done Ruby!
The moan about the council brigade need to stick to council related articles. Give readers a break from your moaning and nonsense commenting. You make a mockery of the Press website. Well done Ruby! York2000
  • Score: 101

9:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

stopatred says...

Good on the lass. Well done
Good on the lass. Well done stopatred
  • Score: 65

3:22pm Sun 27 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Bayley getting photographed, must be near an election. Slimeball!!!!
Bayley getting photographed, must be near an election. Slimeball!!!! andy fowler
  • Score: -72

7:05am Mon 28 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

York2000 wrote:
The moan about the council brigade need to stick to council related articles. Give readers a break from your moaning and nonsense commenting. You make a mockery of the Press website.

Well done Ruby!
the moan about council brigade???

there's 1 moan about council leaders "business clout" and to be honest it's a perfectly valid point!!

it's obvious to me now (after your other pathetic response's) that you are part of the current labour crop
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: The moan about the council brigade need to stick to council related articles. Give readers a break from your moaning and nonsense commenting. You make a mockery of the Press website. Well done Ruby![/p][/quote]the moan about council brigade??? there's 1 moan about council leaders "business clout" and to be honest it's a perfectly valid point!! it's obvious to me now (after your other pathetic response's) that you are part of the current labour crop oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -63

10:31am Mon 28 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Alexander and cronies busy on the negative button I see.
Alexander and cronies busy on the negative button I see. andy fowler
  • Score: -53

7:15am Tue 29 Apr 14

rat scabies says...

Hugh Bayley is a complete waste of space!
Hugh Bayley is a complete waste of space! rat scabies
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