Nuneaton’s only artisan bakery closes after just a year

The Bakery first started offering freshly-made breads, cakes and pastries in February 2018. But it has now been forced to close its doors after losing thousands of pounds and failing to attract enough customers.

Rich Bishop, who has owned the store since April, said the bakery had made “desperate attempts to stay open”, such as offering new vegan products as well as deliveries, but they simply did not bring enough money in.

He says he final straw came last weekend, when he realised that the takings were only £450 (the bakery needs £2,000 a week to stay afloat).

“We didn't just want to disappear, rather than using what is left of the money to just pay bills and struggle through, we wanted to make sure that staff were paid and we could make sure that we tied up all of the loose ends.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, a lot of us are so upset. We have had some amazing customers, the staff have been amazing too. We have put our heart and our soul into it but we wanted to do the right thing by everyone."