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Case Study

Rachel Hanretty

Director, Mademoiselle Macaron

Fri, 14 November 2014

Rachel Hanretty graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in English and French. She is now the Director of Mademoiselle Macaron; a Parisian cafe in Edinburgh which brings French macarons to Scotland. Rachel works on her business full time.



How Mademoiselle Macaron got started

Rachel wanted to start her business when she returned to Scotland after a year of living in Paris. She felt like there wasn’t a good selection of macarons on offer in Edinburgh so started baking in her kitchen. She heard about SIE through the careers service at the University of St Andrews and got involved in the business competitions where she pitched her idea for Mademoiselle Macaron.


“There is no way I could have got as far as I have without the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and an advisor from my careers centre at my university.”Rachel Hanretty


What happened next

Although she had always been entrepreneurial – she set up a jewellery company at the age of 13 – once Rachel graduated, she moved into a professional job within a political organisation and expected to be in an office environment for the rest of her working life.

After a short while, Rachel started to make macarons again in her kitchen. The business grew quickly from there until Rachel realised she could no longer juggle a part time job and her business. She then decided to commit to developing Mademoiselle Macaron full time.


“The business has already come really far from something I started in my kitchen in my flat.”Rachel Hanretty


Rachel started attended local food markets in 2013 and went to on launch her first café and patisserie in May 2014. She has also held a number of successful macaron classes.


“In other jobs I was always ambitious but I was always waiting to get the get go from someone else. As an entrepreneur, you decide the pace you’re going which for me is very quickly!”Rachel Hanretty


Next steps for Mademoiselle Macaron

“The best thing about being an entrepreneur is if you have a lot of ambition and a desire to make progress, no one is actually limiting the speed at which you do this.”Rachel Hanretty


Rachel is developing new packaging so she can send macarons to customers throughout Britain. She’s also looking to expand her current premises to have a bigger café and wide range of food to include both sweet and savoury treats.


“Absolutely go for it, it’s an incredibly rewarding adventure… what you can’t buy is a hunger and a drive to succeed. If you’ve got that, then nothing’s going to hold you back.”Rachel Hanretty


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