Cupcakes and sweet treats take centre stage in most occasions, be it birthday parties or wedding celebrations. Taking a unique approach to cake making, Mercy Geker decided to offer gourmet cupcakes bursting with a fun, eclectic twist, incorporating elements of African culture. Turning her hobby to passion, Mercy has successfully managed to set up a thriving bakery business known as ‘Mercystreats’.
Mercystreats is now synonymous with bespoke, delectable baked goods. Mercystreats’ cupcakes caught the attention of GUBA and was featured in VIP goodie bags at the recent GUBA Awards ceremony.
Alongside her current business, this resourceful woman also works as a Human Resources Business Partner. Her fortitude is undoubtable as she hopes to embark on more successful businesses and community outreach programs.
It is no doubt that Mercy is a budding entrepreneur to watch! We caught up with her to find out all about Mercystreats and other associated projects.
Mercystreats is a company dedicated to creating quality, bespoke cakes and cupcakes for various occasions. One of the unique approaches of Mercystreats is that we specialise in gourmet cupcakes with a signature African twist.
I am extremely passionate about fair trade and ensure that Fairtrade ingredients take centre stage in our products.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Baking is a hobby of mine, I used to bake for friends and family and always received positive feedback and recommendations to turn my hobby into a business.
I love baking and experimenting with different flavoured cupcakes, so I decided to heed advice and turn it into a business.
What do you think about the GUBA Awards?
I think the GUBA Awards is fantastic and truly inspiring. Growing up in the UK, you were teased for being African due to the negative representation of Africa by the media. Therefore, it is great to have an organisation like GUBA that highlights achievements of Ghanaians in the UK and in Ghana.
Being a mother, it is reassuring that my kids and their generation will be exposed to more positive images of Africa. Hopefully this will encourage them to follow their dreams and be proud of their heritage.
You sponsored cupcakes for the GUBA 2015 Awards, how did that exposure help your business?
My sponsorship for the GUBA Awards garnered positive feedback via social media and I have also had queries about my services.
What’s your favourite part about being an entrepreneur?
My favourite part of being an entrepreneur is definitely the various challenges that come with running your own business. You have to wear so many different hats in business and it is exciting when you develop a new skill.
What other projects are you involved in?
My day to day job is working as a Regional Human Resources Business Partner which I really enjoy. I always receive queries outside of work for advice on various HR issues and as a result, I am in the process of setting up a HR consultancy.
Through this I will also be able to give back to the local community via schools and charities.
I would like to thank Dentaa and the GUBA Awards for all the support.
Mercy Geker is a force to be reckoned with. We at GUBA appreciate dedicated individuals and we urge you all to support her business.
For more information, visit http://www.mercystreats.com