A hot business

Tim and Suzanne Silcock became self-employed and set up Monstir sauce with the help of The Prince’s Initiative



After turning 50, Tim and Suzanne Silcock decided to move from Manchester to Wales for a quieter life. They gave up their jobs as foster carers and became self-employed. With a passion for food, the couple decided to set up a business creating their own vegetable sauces called ‘Monstir Sauce’.

The business had a great response locally, however, the couple realised that in order to take their sauce to the next level they would need more business expertise. After some help from the job centre, who said that there was little available to them because of their age, they got in touch with The Prince’s Initiative and attended our ‘Introduction to self-employment’ course in St Helens. Suzanne says, “I was absolutely thrilled with the course from The Prince’s Initiative. It was very inspiring hearing stories from my peers about how they had gone on to set up their own businesses over the age of 50. It made me realise we could do it too.”

Monstir sauce has proved to be a fantastic step for the Silcocks. Monstir sauce has been featured on national TV and thanks to a suggestion from the trainer at The Prince’s Initiative course – the couple produced a sauce specifically for the Queen’s Jubilee which caught the attention of the local media and Suzanne and Tim are now inundated with requests.

Suzanne says, “Life for us has begun at 50 and we are extremely excited about what the future holds.” They still want to continue to learn and develop their business and have applied for a mentor from The Prince’s Initiative to help guide them through the development of Monstir Sauces.

Tim, who is now known as The Chilli man of Wales and Suzanne are launching their website in May and hope you see Monstir sauces on your local supermarket shelf soon!