A Buckingham Entrepreneur student has helped to revamp a local businesswoman’s company setting her up for success

19 February 2019

A Buckingham Entrepreneur student has helped to revamp a local businesswoman’s company setting her up for successStudents from the University’s Masters in Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice course have helped Lisa Adams, owner of Lisa Adams Cakes, take her cake-making business to the next level.

As part of their entrepreneurial studies the students evaluated her previous company called PartyBakes and created plans looking at the best direction to take the business and how to grow it.

Lisa got to see the student’s suggestions and decided to work with student Andrew Gibson who helped to implement the recommended changes and developed her passion for making luxury wedding cakes.

Already a successful caterer and baker of eight years, Lisa has catered for Bucks County Council and even members of the royal family. She baked a cake for the annual EntFest held at the University of Buckingham that entrepreneur Peter Jones attended in 2018.

After working with the students Lisa learned about the importance of social media, planning and costing and the outcomes were a redesigned website, a new name and a growth plan. The new self-titled company Lisa Adams Cakes, produces handmade cakes for a client or occasion.

The new self-titled company Lisa Adams Cakes, produces cakes unique to every client and states that she will never recreate a design. She uses fresh high quality ingredients with natural flavourings and makes them all by hand.

Lisa Adams said: “We take huge pride in each cake we craft. Each cake is as unique as each client. All our cakes are baked to order and handmade, the amount of time and expertise required will determined the cost of each cake. We provide luxury wedding cakes and celebration cakes for all occasions, only using high quality fresh ingredients, taking a limited number of commissions each week ensures we deliver a fine finish and handcraft each element to perfection.

“Working with the university students was an energising experience, it helped me focus my attention on achieving my ambitions.”

Lisa has recently joined Buckinghamshire Business First who provide members with knowledge, support and opportunities to grow their business.

Andrew Gibson said: “It was one of the best projects we studied on the course. It was the first proper project we did and I was so pleased to work with such a lovely client. It was the first time I really felt like I knew what I was doing.”

After graduating from the course in December 2018, Andrew, 63, is now working with his first client and volunteers as a business advisor for young enterprise.

Director of Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit Nigel Adams said: “This is a great example of town and gown working together. It has helped to launch Lisa’s career in a strong and positive direction.”

Students from the MSc Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice at the University of Buckingham help to develop and grow local businesses by identifying, researching and resolving the problems faced by most new businesses. Find out more about the course here.

To find out more about Lisa Adams Cakes, visit: www.lisaadamscakes.com.