Matt is the owner of Kazbar, a cocktail and tapas bar in Yeovil. He has recently started as the Enterprise Adviser for Fairmead school.
“I enjoy my job because every day is different and when everything’s going well you get to create a good atmosphere and see customers enjoy themselves; we’re helping them to relax after a hard week.
I have had lots of business ideas over the years; when I was 26, I felt like I had the right idea and the right location. I knew the area and people and the other restaurant owners in Yeovil encouraged me to start my business.
You have to be passionate in order to run your own restaurant – it’s a labour of love! Being an entrepreneur is quite stressful; when you’ve got your own business it’s hard to switch off. The flip side is that when it’s a success you feel proud of it. There is more risk than working for someone else but the rewards are bigger.
I wanted to work with schools because it was important to me to give something back to the community. I initially got involved running a workshop with the students, making non-alcoholic cocktails. The school approached me about the Enterprise Adviser role and I was happy to help, it’s a new journey for me.”