A couple from Redditch used the home depot at their first store and now have a baking empire – but still no home
The owners of a Worcestershire bakery spent their house deposit to pursue their business dreams and have now built a baking empire with a turnover of £ 1.6million a year – but have failed bought this house again.
Ashley Baker and her partner Kayleigh O’Mahony, from Redditch, left school at 18 and sold coffee in the back of a VW van on their trip to create Steamhouse Bakery with their £ 14,000 deposit .
Successfully managing three cafes, a bakery, a donut truck and about 50 employees, they have now built a thriving donut and bagel business, including selling a gigantic 8,000 calorie cinnamon roll.
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The couple made the difficult decision to forgo buying a home in order to inject money into their business ambitions, opening their first bagel store in Leamington Spa in 2016.
Saving money, Kayleigh worked in accounts for H&M while Ashley sold her 1962 VW Beetle camper van to purchase their first coffee machine.
But they didn’t look back as Steamhouse continued to expand with cafes in Worcester and Leamington Spa, a donut truck in a farm shop near Snitterfield, and a new expanded bakery with a cafe in the industrial area. Park Farm in Redditch Springside.
Their only setback lately has been to close their Birmingham cafe in Temple Row when the lease ended due to Covid and lockdowns.
“We used all the savings of £ 14,000 for our house deposit at our first store in Leamington and now have three stores, a bakery and 50 employees, but we are still waiting to buy this house,” laughs Ashley, 34 years old.
“Kayleigh and I wanted to start our own business when we were only 24 or 25, before the kids and a mortgage came along, and we started with one staff member.
“We just decided to try it out ourselves before it was too late. We still haven’t bought our first home because we continue to invest in the business.
“We currently have a turnover of £ 1.6million per year so we are doing pretty well.”
By baking about 6,000 bagels a week, as well as 2,000 donuts and cakes at Redditch’s bakery, Kayleigh and Ashley, 33, encourage their team to come up with new sweet creations every week.
This includes unique pastries and bagels, from Biscoff donuts to Rolo cookie sandwich and pastrami bagel.
The bagels are fresh daily using unbleached stone ground flour milled at Charlecote Mill near Startford-upon-Avon.
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