By Ingrid Jacobson
BEN Hayden was just 14-years-old when he started as a ‘‘clean-up kid’’ in a butcher shop.
Nine years later, he is the boss of his own shop, having opened B&B Quality Meats in December last year.
Ben said he chose Yanchep Central Shopping Centre to start his first business because it was a good, central location.
The 23-year-old local, who built his first home in Yanchep two years ago, says he has always been ambitious.
He credits his father and financial partner in B&B Quality Meats, Barry Hayden, with inspiring him to work towards his dream of having his own butcher shop.
“Dad is a small business owner himself and always told me how important it was to make something of myself and have a good crack at life,” Ben said.
Ben also believes he has been lucky in having the support and advice of his colleague Bryan Elliss, who has been in the industry for 27 years and is now his shop manager.
The two men met while working as butchers for Woolworths, along with shop assistant Jarod Du Plessis.
“I have worked in the city, down south and for two major supermarket chains but I am constantly learning new things working alongside Bryan,” Ben said.
“He’s not only my employee, but is also my mentor who has been with me from the start and has taken this business on board as much as I have.
“I think it’s essential to have a mentor – someone you trust who knows the trade.”
Ben said one of the other most important aspects of B&B Quality Meats’ success was ensuring that his products were of the highest quality.
With this in mind, he chose the Dardanup Butchering Company as his supplier of beef, lamb and pork.
Beef cuts in the shop are Meat Standard Australia graded, meaning they are the highest grade available, and the pork is from sows, with female pigs recognised as being tenderer and sweeter tasting.