Beachcomber Cakes – Unique Couture Cakes
Beachcomber Cakes create bespoke, culinary works of art for all occasions and having recently won a scholarship to study in Switzerland and with thanks to the support from Enterprise First, Lisa Parkinson was able to use her 30 years’ experience to bring her childhood dream to life.
Completely self-taught Lisa decided in early 2014, after 20 years of planning and saving, that it was now or never for a change of career. From a young age, Lisa was drawn to all things artistic andcreative and her passion for wedding cakes and 3D sculptural cake design has got her to where she is today; creating unique, imaginative cakes!
Lisa received professional support and business advice from Enterprise First to help her start up her business. She was put in contact with her Enterprise First business adviser Julie Waller through The Romney Resource Centre and when asked how the support had helped her, Lisa said the “support, mentoring and guidance was very useful.” Julie was a huge help to Lisa when setting up her business and when asked how business support could help others, Lisa said “someone to listen to your ideas and to be frank about future potential is the correct approach even if it isn’t what you want to hear. Enterprise First is there to support anyone who genuinely wants to start their own business.”
Lisa intends for Beachcomber Cakes to be a multi-optional business, not simply to supply cakes but to also create a baking school in which she can utilise her skills to teach others. She said “there are many aspects to creating wonderful cakes, few of which are taught locally” and through her Rocpool School of Baking she hopes to cover all types of baking, including Swiss Confectionery & Artisan Bread, aiming to help beginner to experienced bakers. Lisa has big ambitions to grow her business, including an upmarket Cake Parlour, and has many future plans in place to make them happen.
As well as designing and creating cakes, and running the Rocpool School of Baking, Lisa intends to hold “pick, prepare, plate” demonstrations to assist self-sufficiency/inexperienced cooks using produce from the classical fruit and vegetable garden. Alongside this, she hopes to host a “cake club” at which people could socialise, learn to bake or to simply ask baking related questions: as well as “Bake Hen Days” at which brides have the opportunity to learn how to make their own wedding cake.
Talking about her business, Lisa said “I know my products are hugely different from the majority of other cake makers and that given the chance to exhibit, they really stand out and opens the eyes of future customers to what is now available locally.”
If you like the sound of Lisa’s cakes, or her baking school courses, and are interested in finding out more, visit the website www.bakingbythesea.co.uk or Lisa Parkinson can be contacted directly via [email protected]
Lisa has had articles published in 2014 covering her business setup and her study trip to Switzerland. These articles can be found via The Craft Bakers Association publications “The British Baker and “Thirteen”.
If Lisa’s story has inspired you, regardless of your past experience or knowledge, Enterprise First can help! If you have an interest in setting up your own business, please take a look at our services to see how we can help you!