Leeds based bakery, The Little Yorkshire Scone Company (LYSC), is celebrating a successful 9 months since launch with a move to a commercial kitchen located in the iconic Tetley building, and a glowing review in BBC Good Food.
Launched on Yorkshire Day last year, LYSC was founded by lifelong scone lover Kat Fisk, who had been inspired by the array of iced and flavoured scones she enjoyed during travels to the USA. Back home, Kat experimented with different flavours and toppings, and following positive feedback from family and friends, was encouraged to launch an online order scone business from her home kitchen.
Lockdown enabled Kat to focus on creating a range of scone flavours, gift boxes, and hampers, and she was thrilled to see orders come in once she launched her website. Very quickly her home was filling up with gift boxes, and the kitchen was constantly in scone making mode, so a move to a professional premises was on the cards.
Last month Kat moved production to a professional kitchen based in the iconic Tetley building in Leeds, which has a long history of supporting local businesses. Kat says, “The venue itself is incredible. It’s an historical building where the space has been used to host local artists and well known exhibitions, and it’s also a great space for events. The staff and the team there, along with the ethos, is what makes it special as a place. In terms of my new commercial kitchen, I love being in there. It’s the perfect size for one scone baker, and it already feels like home. Time flies when I’m in there. And being on the 2nd floor, I always opt for the stairs so I can burn off all the scones I test on a daily basis.”
Adam Roe, Head of Development and Engagement at The Tetley says, “We’re delighted to welcome The Little Yorkshire Scone Company to The Tetley. Kat’s is a real success story, despite the challenges of a global pandemic she has been able to develop a thriving business which now joins a long list of other local, independent creatives who call The Tetley home and that’s something we’re very proud to be able to support. Providing emerging creative businesses like The Little Yorkshire Scone Company with the space to grow and build their brand sits at the heart of our ambition to create a thriving artistic and cultural community right here in Leeds. We look forward to seeing how The Little Yorkshire Scone Company grows over the coming months!”
To coincide with the move to The Tetley, the LYSC was featured in BBC Good Food magazine, which has helped attract a new flurry of customers, and provided a very welcome boost for the brand. Kat commented, “I’m still on cloud 9! It was amazing to see The Little Yorkshire Scone Company grace the same pages as some of the best bakers and chefs.”
As for the future, Kat envisions continued growth and aims to take scones to the next level. Whether it be scone-themed tea parties and events delivered from start to finish, to catering weddings with a scone wedding cake and scone canapes, Kat hopes to combine her love of scones with her event planning experience. She is also planning to launch a children’s scone baking box with Sconnifer, a character created alongside her artist cousin, Samantha Fisk, that tells a story of a Baking Imp and her friends, with the aim of encouraging children to see the magic in baking.