How to be a star baker

Just 10 short weeks ago Paul, Prue, Noel, Sandy were joined by 12 nervous amateur bakers in the famous Bake Off tent to find out who would be crowned this year’s winner. It was also an exciting moment for Funding Circle as our latest TV advert, featuring fantastic drummer Victoria, was broadcast during the show.

Bake off

What a series it’s been. We all fell in love with Liam, congratulated Steven on his star baker hat-trick and watched Kate literally drop a clanger. But, as another year of The Great British Bake Off draws to a close and champion Sophie wanders into the sunset, we’ve put together 4 fantastic businesses who could help you create your very own showstopper this Autumn. All these businesses have been able to prosper and grow, thanks for investors like you.

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Treat yourself to a new apron and oven gloves

Every star baker needs a stunning set of oven gloves. Championing print, colour and texture since 2011, House of Hackney are the perfect place to find something special to bring your kitchen to life. The husband and wife team borrowed £110,000 to purchase stock and cope with demand for their products. Don’t miss the boat!

Hidden gems for creations

Are you looking to create a showstopping Christmas Cake, or simply want to add a little something extra to your bake? Look no further than online specialist Naturally Good Food for a variety of dried fruit, nuts and seeds. More than 900 investors, like you, have helped this environmentally friendly business invest in marketing and upgrade IT systems.

Brush up your skills on a weekend away

Cookery courses can be good for bakers of all standards to get started or brush up on specific techniques. Award-winning Ashburton Cookery School have borrowed £175,000 to expand their cookery school and are hosting a series of Baking Weekends in 2018. Set in beautiful Dartmoor, and covering everything from choux pastry to cakes and muffins, the course is perfect for any budding Bake Off champion.

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Sealed with your own stamp

Every masterpiece deserves to be presented perfectly, so why not seal your packaging with a special sticker. Briddon Baker have been producing labels, seals and stickers from their base in Somerset since 1972. To purchase stock and a barcode machine, they’ve borrowed over £49,000 since 2013.

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Rob McCorquodale