Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Busy Bee Cake House Ltd.
Busy Bee Cake House was founded by the current owner in July 2016 and has been a real labour of love and a dream come true for her. Four years ago, the owner ordered a cake and was extremely disappointed both by how it looked and how it tasted. This set her on a personal journey whereby she trained to become a skilled baker and this business has been the result of her passion and labours.
The business is now being sold albeit reluctantly and with a heavy heart only because of a forced change of direction. She is keen to see the business she loves pass to an ambitious and entrepreneurial new owner who can take this already thriving business to the next level.
Busy Bee Cake House is a Patisserie and coffee shop that has collected the best sweet tastes of Europe and aims to serve them to customers who love to discover different tastes from different countries. As the name suggest Busy Bee Cake House sells a range of cakes such as;
Additionally, the popular coffee shop side of the business offers;
•Coffees and Speciality Teas
•Milkshakes & Sundaes
•Cupcakes and slice cakes
•Home Made Biscuits
•Soup of the day
The business is well known for its healthy options and caters for gluten free, lactose free, egg free, dairy free, vegan and diabetic requirements. The business has a particularly strong vegan following.
Busy Bees Cake House has many regular customers and this customer base is growing at an impressive rate as the business becomes more established. The sale will include a quality website and the business enjoys great visibility on the internet with its own Facebook page and brilliant reviews from the likes of TripAdvisor etc.
Scope to Improve
1.Advertising and marketing campaign
2.Maximise the use of social media
3.Extend the opening hours perhaps opening as a bistro in the evenings
4.Expand the outside catering side of the business perhaps by concentrating on corporate and providing business buffets etc.
5.Apply for an alcohol licence.
6.Consider offering baking classes, Room on the first floor to do this.
7.Explore online discounters such as Wowcher and Groupon
8.Investigate delivery services such as Hungry House, Just Eat and Deliveroo.
9. Premises holds an alcohol licence however the business does require one.
Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.
Busy Bee Cake House is located in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.
Newcastle under Lyme is a market town in Staffordshire, in the 2011 census the town had a population of 75,125, it is served by the M6 motorway to the south and west of Newcastle and by the A500 road to the north and east. There are access points from the M6 at junctions 15 and 16 to the south and north respectively. The A34 trunk road runs through Newcastle from north to south and was the main road between Birmingham and Manchester until the M6 motorway opened. There is a large bus station in the town centre, most of the bus network is run by First Potteries and D&G Bus.
The business is ideally situated close to the main shopping centre close to the entrance of one of the towns busiest car parks and as such benefits from high levels of footfall and passing trade.
The business sits alongside other complimentary retail businesses and is beautifully presented and maintained with clear visible signage. There is free on street parking immediately outside the premises and it is a couple of minutes’ walk from a large public, multi storey carpark.
Busy Bee Cake House occupies two floors of a mid-terraced retail unit and is deceptively spacious and needs to be viewed to appreciate both the size and the quality of the fixtures and fittings. The premises briefly comprise;
Windows with specially commissioned graphics and glazed door to front creating a light, airy and inviting interior. The entire premises have been fully redecorated and renovated at considerable cost to the current owner and they have a lovely, upmarket feel to them, suspended ceiling with LED spotlighting enhanced by expensive looking pendant lights, tiled floor, dado rail, specially designed high back seating that was ordered and manufactured in Hungary and high quality tables and chairs currently provide ten covers but room for more if required, breakfast bar with six upholstered stools beneath, useful walk-in store cupboard with perimeter shelving and floor storage space.
L-shaped counter with new glass serve over and refrigerated counter, feature tall, corner and illuminated gateau display with revolving centre piece, chilled cake display, feature chalked menu boards, till and generous wrapping area, range of bespoke beech effect base and wall with complimentary worktop, floating shelves, mosaic effect tiled splashbacks, Markus coffee machine, Iberital coffee grinder, Premi stainless steel urn, 1 ½ bowl sink and drainer with spray tap, inset stainless steel hand wash basin, long run of worktop, Russell Hobbs microwave oven, Beko dishwasher, Beko under counter freezer, under counter fridge.
All the furniture is bespoke and has been made by Hungarian craftsmen and really is of the highest quality.
A generous Room which is comprehensively equipped, wood effect vinyl flooring, 2 upright freezers, 2 upright fridges, 2 fridge/freezers, stainless steel preparation tables, centre stainless steel work station, perimeter shelving, Sirman Panini Press, Cookworks Microwave oven.
Fully equipped catering kitchen, stainless steel cladding to walls, full extraction system with stainless steel canopy, perimeter shelving, Piron Commercial oven, twin basket fryer, Leisure freestanding cooker with four ring induction hob and double oven, freestanding stainless-steel trolley with castors, twin deep stainless-steel sinks with spray tap, Omniwash commercial dish washer, Indesit dishwasher, stainless steel hand wash basin with soap and paper towel dispenser
Dry Goods Room
A generous Room with suspended ceiling, windows to front, perimeter shelving and floor storage space.
A useful office with window to front and plenty of room for desk, shelving, filing cabinet etc.
With close coupled toilet and hand wash basin.Tenure
We are advised that Busy Bee Cake House is being sold as a leasehold business opportunity, the existing 5-year lease has approximately 3 ½ years to run and the rent is an extremely reasonable £7200 per annum. We are advised that the landlord would be happy to negotiate a mutually acceptable lease with a new owner.
We are further advised that the business benefits from being exempt from business rates and none were payable at the time of instruction.Hours
Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
The business is run and managed by our client with the help of two part time members of staff.Financial Profile
Busy Bees Cake House generates an advised current turnover of circa £78,000 and the business continues to grow at an impressive pace.