After losing his job, Abdus Sobhan started a small bakery in his home in Goalgari, Bogura town, about 28 years ago.
In the second phase, Bayezid and his older brother Khobayeb Sheikh and two workers started producing cakes at home again. Initially, they only produced birthday cakes, and about 10 to 15 pounds of cakes were sold every day.
Over time, the demand for cakes from Khaza Confectionery has increased. Within a year, they opened the first outlet in the city’s Satmatha district. At that time, Khobayeb and Bayezid both received job offers from a non-governmental organization in Bogura.
They thought that with this job they would earn a combined salary of Tk 20,000 per month, but they were already earning Tk 15,000-16,000 per month selling cakes. So, they decided to stick with the business and became entrepreneurs.
In 2004, they started producing bakery products (biscuits, bread) on a small scale. As business boomed, they purchased another oven in 2005 to increase production. Using rickshaw vans, the two brothers sold cakes, cookies and bread to local stores.
Bayezid said: “When the business was booming, Khobayeb started working as a contractor in the local government department. I was handling the business by myself. further developed with new deck ovens and mixers imported from China.”
“In 2007, the number of workers in our factory increased to 25. It was the time when our small bakery was starting to grow into a big one and we didn’t have to look back,” he said. .
Currently, Khaza Confectionery has separate factories for bread, biscuits and cakes in Sultanganj district of Bogura city. In 2017, another factory was established in the Nungola region for the manufacture of vermicelli (semai), sweet, curd, chanchur and matha (liquid yogurt).
Bayezid said: “A few years ago, land worth several million taka was purchased in the Satmatha area of Bogura. A four-storey building was constructed there with an outlet on the ground floor. of the road.”
A total of 11 Khaza confectionery food outlets have been established in Bogura city alone over a long period. There are four other outlets in four upazilas and two outlets in Gaibandha town, he said.
Bayezid and his brother also purchased land separately for his mother. More importantly, their business runs on its own revenue without any bank loans. Their products are now distributed in almost all parts of the country.
Some 250 people have had job opportunities in this company which was built from the ground up, he said.
There is a huge demand for food products in the country. Food producers won’t have to look back if they produce quality products. That’s why more trained and skilled workers should show up in this sector, Bayezid said.
“Those who are less interested in university education should concentrate on technical or vocational education. People should work on the things that really interest them. In this way, the unemployment problem of our country will be solved,” he said. he declared.
There is no major crisis in food production, but manufacturers face hassles and hurdles to get local government approvals, Bayezid said, adding that officials from various departments are visiting our establishments at different times and put pressure on us.
“Our country is not yet like western countries. We lack transparency. We need to get rid of the tendency to harm entrepreneurs by putting unnecessary pressure on them by local government authorities,” he added.