The three activities at le Carolo are the sandwich shop (go gourmet), the outside catering Le Carolo and the French cuisine shop all run by Stephan Lablaine. Le Carolo first started up as just a French cuisine shop in 2000 and then expanded into an outside catering business as well. In 2006 the sandwich shop, go gourmet was added to the business. The go gourmet sandwich shop is only 100 metres down the road from the French cuisine/catering business.
Le Carolo uses the best imported products France such as wine, cheeses, frog’s leg and snails etc. The target market is or older 40+ business people who have a more disposable income who can afford these luxury cuisine. Also Le Carolo makes the most of profit from the outside catering. Most of the catering is done for local businesses, weddings, parties, birthdays and even the Lambert memorial community hospital in Thirsk. About 10-15 people go in to Le Carolo and they each spend about 150 each although some people do spend a lot in there like a ï¿½1000 for wedding for example but also some people don’t spend as much, only.
The sandwich shop go gourmet opened in March 2007.It is a lunch/snack shop and its target market is everyone because it a lot less cheaper than the other 2 business’s as it serves up less expensive food that everyone enjoys such as sandwiches and crisps etc. It serves about 150 people a day who each spend about ï¿½3.00 each so that’s about ï¿½450 made in 1 day from just from go gourmet.
The business activities sometimes change because of things like wide spread animal diseases. Foot and Mouth did not affect the business but bird flu did, surprisingly though it helped the business as chickens were sold a lot cheaper than usual, they were sold at the usual price so there was a large profit made on them. The menus change though seasonally- spring, summer and winter so there is focus on selling particular products during those seasons.
Go Gourmet is run by Stephan who is a sole trader which means he keeps all the profit but has unlimited liability so if the business goes bust personal possessions can be taken away. Also this means he has to carry the reputation and success of the business. He is unsure of long term success so is selling up in 5 years. The ownership may have to change though as Stephan could perhaps franchise the business or buy more business in Thirsk. He would have to change it perhaps so he could afford to buy new properties (as there would be others apart from him) and if he does it would be a good idea to have limited liability. This is because if the business’s fail his personal possessions will not be taken away like his house or car etc.
The main objectives are to have enough money within 5 years to support his family and to sell up and be employed instead of running a business, to not lose his French identity and not to change the ownership. The aim of the business was to spend more time with his family. Specific-Stephan wants to spend more time with his family Measurable-he is able to check the books at the end of each financial year to check if they are on target
Achievable-at the current rate he is working at he will easily be able to achieve his aim within 5 years Realistic-he hasn’t set the bar too high Time Constrained- he has 5 years to reach his aim It is important to set aims and objectives so that there is something to aim towards and so you can progress and make more profit rather than staying at the same level of profit. We cannot say whether Stephan is successful in meeting his aims and objectives but we can say that he on his way to meeting them because he is keeping his French identity and the ownership. We do not know though whether he is spending more time with his family and if his will business will sell.
The future plans for the business are to sell up In 5 years but up until then to improve the business, not buy anymore businesses or franchise it. To improve the business mini surveys are handed out to customers of the catering business every 3 months or so he can look through and improve areas that customers feel that they need improving. Le Carolo is situated in Thirsk, 11 Kirk gate and go gourmet is situated is situated 100 metres down the road but 1 is situated in a fantastic place and the other is situated in a not so fantastic place. Go gourmet is on the high street of Thirsk but the other is situated down a back alley.