How to start a bakery business

Could you turn your passion for home baking into a money spinner? This step-by-step guide covers all you need to know to start a bakery business...

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What is a bakery business and who is it suited to?
What should you include in a bakery business plan?
Rules and regulations for starting a bakery business
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How much can you earn running your own bakery business?
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What is a bakery business and who is it suited to?

In no small part fuelled by the overwhelming popularity of the BBC’s hit show Great British Bake Off, baking is enjoying a resurgence in the UK – with thousands discovering its nostalgic charms and delicious produce.

Whether you want to open a single specialist bakery, sell luxury cupcakes or release a range of specialist baking tools and equipment, there’s never been a better time for you to don an apron, dust off the rolling pin and start a bakery business.

Baked Worthing founder Lauren Roffey decided her local area was crying out for a decent bakery:

“From my travels elsewhere I saw a gap in the market in Worthing and that felt that I could offer, and bring, something to the area that didn’t exist”, she explains, adding that she was motivated by a desire to use “skills and knowledge in baking and business management to create something of my own, something I could be really proud of”.

While Harpreet Baura, founder of bespoke cupcake company Crumbs Couture and Bijou Choux – the company behind the éclair-donut hybrid Le Chouxnut – was compelled to quit her job in a law firm to take advantage of the booming cupcake trend a few years ago:

“I’ve always had a passion for baking and decorating cakes and enjoyed making treats in my spare time while I was at Law School and whilst working as a lawyer”, Baura says, “During this time, I found baking very therapeutic and felt it would be a great idea to turn my hobby into a business. The cupcake boom was in full swing at that time, and so I decided to set up a company specialising in cupcakes”.

Launched in 2009, Crumbs Couture allows anyone from brands to brides to match their logo, colour scheme, invitation patterns or dress design to its intricate design. This approach has seen it win a number of high-profile contracts, with cupcakes produced for London Fashion Week, Vogue and Tatler.

For detailed advice on starting a cake-making business, click here.

For Rosie Ginday, founder of high-end macaroon business Miss Macaroon, starting a bakery business was all down to a desire to combine passion and social conscience: “I started a bakery business as I wanted to combine my passion for beautiful hand crafted patisserie and my desire to provide jobs for unemployed young people in Birmingham”.

Miss Macaroon, an O2 Business ambassador, provides employment and training through Macaroons That Make a Difference: a four-week pastry training course for 18 to 25 year-old, long-term, unemployed individuals in the Midlands.

If these inspiring founders have given you the bakery business bug, then it’s time to prepare the first essential ingredient – the business plan.