Redundant worker creates a job for herself near refinery
A FORMER Gladstone industry worker who was made redundant has turned around her not-so-desirable situation by starting up her own business.
Mum of two Nicole Jenkins said when she had difficulty finding another job, she decided she would create her own.
"At first it was a little daunting," she said.
"I was naive in thinking there wasn't much to making a coffee.
"But now, being in the business and being a trained barista, there's a whole lot of things that can go wrong in making a coffee."
The Coffee Delight van is completely solar powered, and the coffee machine runs on LPG gas.
Equipped with a grinder, three refrigerators, and a coffee machine, Nicole said the only thing left for the business was to secure a a regular route.
"At the moment we set up for three hours outside of QAL in the mornings, and it's very busy," she said.
"We are still looking for other places and industry to come on board with our route, we are hoping to be set up at more markets and events too."
Nicole's van was set up at the Agnes Water markets on Sunday and she said the response from the community was "amazing".
"It was great, we felt really supported."
Nicole said she wished there we no limits to where she could her mobile business from.
Yesterday, at the Tannum Sands esplanade, Nicole said she had to turn away four customers.
"I told them I wasn't able to sell to them, as it was against council regulations.
"But I think it would hugely support local business and increase local spending if we could go and sell at the beach or near popular high traffic areas such as the esplanade.
"I just don't see why it would be a problem."
Nicole's 21-year-old daughter Jaymie will help run the business, while her son, Johnny, 19 runs his own clothing brand business.
If you would like to get in contact with Nicole, or have her business set up at your event, contact her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, head to the business's Facebook page here.