Tyneside bakery sets up first physical premises after building "large" customer base from home
A new bakery business has launched new premises as demand for its owner’s homemade goods booms.
Eli’s Bakery, established at home during lockdown, has been supported by the North Tyneside Business Forum in setting up its first physical store.
The company, along with North Tyneside Business Forum and The Business Factory, found a unit in Killingworth to create the venue.
This comes following increased demand for its Portugese speciality bread and pastries.
Sylvester Spinelli, co-founder of Eli’s Bakery, commented: “Working from home was great in the sense that we were close by for Eli [his son] but it was difficult to produce the quantities of food needed from our small kitchen.
“We decided to do two things – firstly to name the business after Eli and then find a suitable premises to upscale our work.
“We have gained a large customer base from the nearby industrial estates and beyond. Customers are coming to us from West Moor, Killingworth and even Newcastle to taste our speciality breads and cakes.
“We have chosen the right place for the business and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us on our journey.”
Karen Goldfinch, chair of North Tyneside Business Forum, said: “I really enjoyed visiting Eli’s Bakery.
“The food is delicious and it’s great to see a business started during lockdown expanding so rapidly.
“It really has been inspiring to see Sylvester and many others doing so well after such a difficult year, they’ve risen above the challenges and are now looking to take on an apprentice too, what an achievement.
“Being able to help businesses like this through the Forum is the icing on the cake.”
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