AN ENTERPRISING teenager has abandoned her A-levels to strike out on her own in the world of business.
Former Steyning Grammar School sixth-former Jordan Tiller, 17, decided to ditch her studies after completing her first year of A-levels to set up her own cupcake shop in Cobblestone Walk, Steyning.
“I have had a passion for baking for the last five years since I was around 12 years old and have been making cakes for family and friends ever since,” said Jordan.
“I have recently had this fantastic opportunity come up to open shop so jumped at the chance to achieve and live my dream.”
Jordan said she had realised A-levels were not for her, and had chosen to follow her love of baking instead.
“Once I left college I initially started looking for apprenticeships but after months of searching I realised there were not any specialising in what I wanted to do, so decided to set up on my own business,” she said.
The cupcake shop, called Jordan’s Cake and Bake House, opened its doors for the first time on Saturday, and Jordan said it was a great success.
“It went really well, I was very pleased,” she said.
“I was a bit overwhelmed at the reaction I got to be honest.”
Jordan said around 40 to 50 people visited the shop on the opening day, and she almost sold out of cakes.
“I was nervous,” she said.
“I had lots of butterflies in my stomach. I felt a mixture of emotions because I wasn’t sure if it would go well or not.
“But then when people started coming I was really excited for the rest of the day.”
As well as traditional cupcakes like vanilla and chocolate, the shop sells a range of unusual flavours including strawberry milkshake and banoffee pie, which was the first flavour to sell out.
Jordan also bakes celebration cakes to order and had a number of enquiries on her opening day.
Steyning Grammar assistant head Sally Randall said the school was thrilled by the news.
“Jordan had always been single-minded about her intention to set up her own business,” she said.
“We are delighted for her that this has come to fruition so rapidly and wish her every success with this exciting and enterprising venture in the local community.”