Redditch business builds bigger bagel bakery

John Truslove The Steamhouse Bakery

A Worcestershire bagel bakery business is on the rise after a major move into bigger premises, advised by commercial property experts at John Truslove.

The Steamhouse Bakery in Redditch is now in premises almost ten times the size of its previous base, creating more than a dozen new jobs, as owners Ashley Baker and Kayleigh OMahony plan fresh growth.

The couple launched the business five years ago and realised last year they had outgrown their former 550sq ft bakery in Colemeadow Road.

Ashley Baker said: When Covid hit, we had to close our café outlets but pivoted to selling our bagels and cakes as takeouts from the bakery.

It has been a great success and given us a new direction for the business, but we needed somewhere bigger.

Ben Truslove, at John Truslove, showed us three or four places that were around 1,500-2,000 sq ft. Then he suggested we look at a 5,000 sq ft unit at Springside, on the Park Farm Industrial Estate.

We realised it was the ideal base for our growth over the next few years, with staff car parking at the rear, customer parking at the front, offices and plenty of space. Weve signed a five-year lease and opened the front of the bakery as a 60-seat café.

Kayleigh and I wanted to launch our own business when we were only 24-25, before kids and a mortgage came along, and started out with just one member of staff.

We recruited our bakery manager, Lorna, four a half years ago and now we employ 42 people at the bakery, cafes in Leamington Spa and Worcester and with our VW doughnut truck at a popular farm shop near Snitterfield.

Before the move we had three bakers, now we have seven and a dozen more people working front of house. Were investing in a second food truck for Caffeine & Machine at Ettington and we are also about to seal a deal for a third retail outlet.

Were baking 5,000 to 6,000 bagels a week, as well as 2,000 doughnuts. The new bakery has given us a firm base for the next five years. And Ben Truslove is now a customer – he comes in for his coffee, bagels and doughnuts every Friday. He and his team have been brilliant.”

Ben Truslove, joint managing director at John Truslove, secured a five year lease for Steamhouse Bakery on Unit 5a, Springside, on Howard Road, which provides 5,332 sq ft.

In the lease negotiations Steamhouse Bakery were represented by Sarah Rao, of HCB Solicitors in Redditch.