College course is wee buns for Derry dad and daughter

Michael and Shelley Irving outside their new premises at Ebrington Terrace.
Michael and Shelley Irving outside their new premises at Ebrington Terrace.
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A father and daughter who recently completed the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food Production Course at the North West Regional College (NWRC) have opened their own bakery in the city.

Michael and Shelley Irving - the team behind Harlequins Bakery at Ebrington Terrace - are the first father and daughter duo to successfully complete the course.

Shelley Irving, Douglas Walker (North West Regional College) and Michael Irving with some of the mouth-watering treats available at Harlequins Bakery.

Shelley Irving, Douglas Walker (North West Regional College) and Michael Irving with some of the mouth-watering treats available at Harlequins Bakery.

They say the NWRC course helped them on their journey from unemployment to business ownership by giving them the confidence and skills needed to succeed in the world of baps, buns and bread.

Michael, a former tree surgeon, and daughter Shelly, who started the course as a ‘hobby’, wanted to develop their baking skills - and found they strengthened their father and daughter relationship in the process.

Shelley says: “I just loved the course and now feel confident in my baking ability. When my dad isn’t in work, I can keep business going. I also enjoy working with him on a daily basis and the experience has brought us closer together.”

Harlequins Bakery is now open at 14 Ebrington Terrace in the city’s Waterside.

For further information on developing your career potential, contact North West Regional College. Tel: 028 71276000 or visit www.nwrc.ac.uk