The Irish Franchise Magazine:

Three years on from the launch of their the streat franchise in Portlaoise, Roseanna and Paul Slattery are currently looking at properties for new locations.

The couple have managed to create a successful sandwich shop business despite neither of them having any previous experience in the industry, although they did receive full training from the streat head office team. Mrs Slattery said: “The training was excellent and thorough. At no stage did I think that if I asked a simple question I would end up feeling silly. From the first morning in the hotel in a strange city, Amanda my trainer arrived to walk me to the training centre so I would know the way in the future. This small gesture made such a difference to me.

“I never realised there was so much to learn about opening up a café. I still laugh to myself when I recall telling people that I was going up to Belfast to do a four-week training course to open a café franchise and their expression said it all. I could only imagine they were thinking; why is it going to take her four weeks to learn to make a sandwich? But I can verify that there is a lot more to it than that.