Hi, I am Katie, founder and managing director of Katie Bakes, a mother of two, originally from Yorkshire but now living in Hampshire.
Katie Bakes came about as a result of making Christmas gifts that were so well received, I decided to go into production on my kitchen table. That was 10 years ago and a lot has changed!
Two years ago, Katie Bakes moved out of my home and into a small unit on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour. We are now an awesome team of 5, with a few extra helpers, and supply baking mixes, which are still put together by hand, to individuals, corporate clients and retailers both large and small.
In 2011, after stuggling to find decent party bags for my kids, I came up with the idea of giving the guests baking mixes to bake at home and so the Katie Bakes Party Bags were born, the first baking mix party bags available. The eco friendly and sustainable personalised party bags proved a huge hit and have won various awards over the years. The are still loved by children and parents and we are constantly coming up with new label designs and even offer a non gluten containing party bag, we also offer a bespoke label option.
In 2017, we took over the reigns of The Little Pancake Company and so, as well as our award winning baking mixes we now offer fantastic flavoured American style pancake mixes.
We are still a small company but with a great capacity and passion for what we do. Customer service and quality at every level are increadibly important to us and we want to ensure every customer goes away with a smile.
After a degree in commercial property, I worked in London as a commercial surveyor specialising in Property Investment. Following my marriage and a move to the South Coast I took a career break to have a family. Realising that my former career would never fit in with young children, I pursued my passion for baking and cooking by working for a number of years in an established local tearooms before setting up Katie Bakes.
Katie Bakes Ethos
Quality and attention to detail are extremely important to us and we pride ourselves on our personal service, “nothing is too much trouble” attitude and high quality British artisan products.
Food Hygiene Rating
We are very pleased to hold the highest rating of 5 from the Foods Standard Agency and we now have SALSA certification.
Katie Bakes products have been feature in numerous publications are honoured to have won various awards since we began.
- Independent Newspaper Indy Magazine Top 10 Christmas Baking Gifts 2018
- WINNER – Action Coach Entrepreneur of the Year 2019
- WINNER – Venus Women’s Awards 2016 for Customer Service
- WINNER – Great Taste Award 2014
- WINNER – Best Children’s Party Supplier, What’s on 4 Awards 2012 for our personalised cookie mix party bags
- Finalist – Business Excellence Forum Wholesaler of the Year 2019
- Finalist – Venus Women’s Awards 2016 – Small Business
- Finalist – Hampshire Winning Women in Business Awards 2011