Case Studies

Luminary Bakery


Luminary is a popular and profitable East London bakery and café, selling wholesale and retail baked goods across London and the UK. They regularly stock Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and have supplied other well-known brands including Pandora, TOMS and Stella McCartney. They have a stall at Borough Market, have recently launched a Wedding Cake range and their products have been featured in Vogue, Stylist and TimeOut London.

Social Impact

Luminary is an innovative opportunity for women furthest from the job market, who have experienced social and economic disadvantage, to build a future for themselves and their families. They provide a safe and professional environment where women can grow holistically, encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances. Luminary uses baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferable skills for the working world. They offer 6 month traineeships that equip them with practical skills, personal development and individual support to reach their goals. Luminary has been in operation for three years and they have supported 45 women with an 88% employment success rate of women moving into employment, further training or enterprise.

Investment Purpose

Luminary is now ready to expand and planning to launch a second retail site in North London. This is a high margin opportunity as there is available production capacity remaining in their current bakery. A third of Luminary workforce is made up of their training programme graduates.