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Meet Trina, who launched her baking business this year

Trina Banks, 39, launched her baking business in August after gifting treats to her friends and family for years.
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Trina has seen her business grow during lockdown (photo: Trina Banks)

After spending the lockdown period making gift bags of fudge and handing them out to workers they saw while on their daily walks, including postmen, delivery drivers, paramedics, police, nurses and many other key workers, Trina was encouraged to launch her business. 

Following messages of support from friends and family, but also the key workers she gifted sweet-treats to, Trina decided to take the plunge with Trina Cakes and Bakes.

She said: "I have got a background in catering, I used to work in hotels and pubs, but I stopped when I had children – but I always stayed baking and I loved being in the kitchen.

"I started baking cakes a couple of years ago for family and friends, but slowly more people were asking me to do it and I thought if I was going to, I need to do it properly."

Trina explained that in the industry people should not charge for ingredients if they are not registered, so she completed her hygiene and allergy course, got her insurance and gave it a go. 

Sharing her shock of the success of her business, she said: "I thought I’d do one or two a month, but this week I’ve got three orders going out! I’ve been so busy. I do at least one or two orders a week and I still work full time from home at the moment and I'm a mum too, so I’m mainly baking in the evenings, so my time is slightly limited so I fit in what I can when I can. 

"I think it’s been a good time to start. People are at home, and a lot of people have changed their mindset in regards to shopping locally and looking after small businesses. We've definitely had a lot of support."

Speaking about her Christmas bakes, she said: "I've got a giant cookie that looks like a Christmas wreath and a Christmas cupcake platter shaped like a tree. We have 12 cupcakes, with the bottom ones as chocolate while the rest have a green top. I love it."

Trina has done an incredible job with building her business this year – and it's something that she hopes to continue to grow over the next few months. 

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